2018-03-03 / Front Page / JT Beacon

Proposed Wells development stirs controversy

FROM STAFF REPORTS

WELLS — A proposal before the Wells Planning Board to build 42 dwelling units consisting of 26 duplexes and 16 single units off of Stephen Eaton and Bourassa Lanes is causing controversy in the town.

The development has been proposed by out-of-state compnay The Landings, LLC, and Jones & Beach Engineers, Inc. and will be spread over a 19.45-acre parcel of primarily wetlands and significant vernal pools. 

Residents say that the development will dramatically increase vehicle trips onto Stephen Eaton Lane to and from U.S. Route 1, more than the allotted amount specified by town rules. 

Some living nearby say they feel this will most certainly cause increased traffic congestion and pollution, and increase the potential for accidents to pedestrians, EMT, fire trucks, and cars alike.    Residents alsdo have said they believe the amount of roads, lanes and buildings to be constructed on the land will adversely affect the wildlife and their natural habitats, citing a variety of wildlife species that live and travel in the wooded area. 

They say Wells has a glut of developments and is saturated with condos, cottages and new homes and adding more behind a small neighbhorhood and asking residents to bear the burden of more traffic onto their narrow road is irresponsible and dangerous.

Those living in the neighborhood have signed a petition asking the Wells Planning Board to uphold town rules protecting residents of Wells from  projects that destroy the environment, safety and well-being of its residents and wildlife.

Several meetings will be held at the Wells Town Hall about the issue within the next few weeks to address resident concerns.

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