The Woburn Neighborhood Association (WNA) participated in the final phases of the Woburn Landfill closing and covering. After 15 years of due diligence, the activism efforts of the WNA have paid off.
After a few years of sitting idle, Mike Raymond (Elected Alderman of Ward 6 in 2007) sponsored a City of Woburn Ordinance that would allow the Landfill to be used as a Solar Farm. On September 8, 2017 the Landfill Solar Array (11,000 panels) opened and is projected to produce 4,349,000 kwh of electricity annually, and generate more than $370,000 a year in savings for the City.
The Surface Transportation Board is expected to render a decision in January 2018 on the New England Transrail Petition.
The SJC denied Woburn's FAR application The HAC’s Decision on Request for Change will be recorded and will function as the comprehensive permit. In the conclusion thereof, it states that if the Board of Appeals does not issue a decision within 30 days (of the HAC Decision), that HAC decision will be the comprehensive permit. The Board appealed the decision which does not stay the 30 days. This matter will not be returning to the Board of Appeals.
City of Woburn
On February 7, 2018 (Email From Ellen Callahan Doucette) " The denial is not unexpected as the SJC grants very few FAR applications. That is the end of the City's recourse. " My advice to the neighbors is that if they build, pay attention."
Starting this week (February 22, 2018) weekly updates will be posted to our facebook page and to the Woburn Neighborhood Association, Inc. (WNA) website www.woburnneighborhoodassociation.com The goal of the WNA is to keep residents informed.
In a conversation with John Flaherty, David Fionda stated that he has a lawyer and will discuss the issue with him. We are waiting for the results of this conversation.
Woburn Neighborhood Association
The Woburn Neighborhood Association will continue to monitor the situation. When a hint of activity starts the WNA will schedule a Neighborhood Meeting to alert and advise the neighbors as to what activity should be reported and who to report the activity to. The WNA will also keep a log of all complaints in case there is further action needed.
Alderman Tedesco will act as a conduit between residents and City Departments that are responsible for zoning infractions. He will provide zoning guidelines that will be published in the WNA Neighborhood Newsletter. The newsletter will also include who to contact with complaints.
Michael L Raymond
Chairman; Woburn Neighborhood Association, Inc
The Department of Environmental Protection is waiting for the owners of the property to file a Environmental cleanup plan.
A Mass DOT representative appearing in Woburn City Hall as part of a 25 percent design phase public hearing, explained that state and federal funding for the undertaking is expected to cost between $14 and $17 million dollars, has been secured and is scheduled to be released in 2021.