Here is a letter I wrote to the Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs, urging them to continue oversight of the Langwood Commons development in Stoneham near the Melrose border.
Re: Langwood Commons EOEEA #12372
Richard K. Sullivan, Jr., Secretary
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Dear Secretary Sullivan,
I am writing to express my sincere hope that your office will continue environmental review of the proposed development of Langwood Commons in the Middlesex Fells. This development will have a serious impact on Melrose and surrounding communities, and MEPA review is essential to ensure that the Middlesex Fells Reservation and the parkways around it are not adversely affected in order to serve the needs of a private developer.
Therefore, I urge you to issue an Advisory Opinion stating that the Langwood Commons project is still subject to MEPA jurisdiction and that public MEPA review of the project will continue in order to protect the environment and ensure public safety.
As you know, I have many concerns regarding this project, which is the opposite of the smart growth we are pursuing in Melrose: This is a large residential development with no public transit nearby. The DCR Parkways are designed to be scenic roads and do not have a large traffic capacity. That is why it is essential that not only the total impact of the project but also the proposed mitigation come under MEPA scrutiny: Poorly planned traffic mitigation measures could drastically change the parkway and degrade the quality of life for everyone who uses them.
Langwood Commons affects several communities, and it is imperative that MEPA review be completed so that the needs of a private developer do not override the common good, and the character of the Middlesex Fells Reservation and the DCR Parkways can be preserved.
Robert J. Dolan