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Engineer seeks approval to develop conservation land <p>

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HARVARD — The Planning Board (PB) met with a site engineer this week regarding a plan to put residential lots on a parcel of conservation land, and to discuss warrant articles for the next town meeting.

Daniel Wolf, representing the Harvard Conservation Trust (HCT), met with the board seeking approval to create three lots on 21 acres of conservation land by Slough and Woodchuck Hill roads. The trust currently owns the parcel.

While reviewing the updated plans, Wolf pointed out a minor change to one of the proposed lot lines, which had been altered so the plot could accommodate a proper septic system.

”Buildings are already here, so you won’t be changing the appearance all that much,” said board Chairman Mary Essary.

There are three houses that had been built using land taken from the parcel, all of which are currently unoccupied. Two of these houses — 20 and 22 Woodchuck Rd. — are scheduled for demolition, but the decision to demolish the third house — 18 Woodchuck Road — has not been made yet.

What was the intent regarding the remaining conservation land, board member Marc Sevigny asked.

”The plan was to preserve the open field,” Wolf said, referring to a field that is located within the conservation land.

Sevigny also asked if abutters had been notified.

”It’s nice to include people in the process,” he said.

Abutters would be notified as part of their application to the Conservation Commission (ConsCom), he said.

In the end, the board agreed to support the plan. The trust still has to go to the ConsCom for approval, as there are wetlands nearby.