The residents in Ward 8 (Oak Hill) asked the City Planning Department’s consideration of their requests related to the Church of LDS’ plans in the neighborhood. The page of ‘signatures’ attached to the letter listed 146+ residents who specifically opted to endorse this letter.
Oak Hill Neighborhood Organization
C/O Pamela Burton
149 Wiswall Road
Newton, MA. 02459
June 6, 2019
Mr. Barney Heath
Director of Planning & Development
Newton City Hall
1000 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA. 02459
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Mr. Heath,
On behalf of the neighbors who have signed this letter and all the residents of Oak Hill (Ward 8) in Newton, MA., we have read the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ application for a Site Plan Review submitted to the Planning Department and respectfully submit this letter and the requests listed herein.
We have grave concerns about these plans and their effect on our homes specifically, and the neighborhood, generally. In order to alleviate our anxieties, we respectfully ask you to incorporate our requests into the Planning Department Recommendation to the applicant upon completion of the Administrative Site Plan Review process. Our requests below:
Increase the proposed rear and side setbacks by an additional 20’
Install additional vegetative screening (conifers and broadleaf evergreens)
Gate the property when not in use by the Church
Position on-site lighting ‘away’ from neighbors’ properties
Design entry/exit so car headlights are not directed at neighbors’ properties
Reduce the number of parking spaces
Commit to one-hour turnover between staggered Sunday services
Commit to a traffic analysis before and after for at least one year
Pay for a police detail at the intersection of Dedham and Carlson for six months
Join us, UMass and the Nahanton Woods Condo Association in a discussion to open Nahanton Road to public traffic on Sundays.
Allow our representative to review the Church’s insurance policy (in the event of unforeseen neighbor flooding/damage)
Requests 1-6 alleviate residents’ concerns about privacy between the Church and neighboring properties, destruction of existing trees and wildlife habitat, and an increase in air pollution; requests 7-10 address traffic concerns, and request 11 concerns flooding.
We will be prepared to discuss these requests on June 13th with you and the Church.
(see attached signature page)
Cc: David Kalis, Councilor at Large
Cheryl Lappin, Ward 8 Councilor
Rick Lipof, Councilor at Large
John Bezzant, Church of Jesus Christ of LDS
Frank Stearns, Holland & Knight LLP
Rep. Ruth Balser
Sen. Cynthia Creem