Athol: Wetlands sink Lyons Hill Road solar

  • Wetlands biologist Karen Stackpole from GEI Consultants presented her findings for the proposed solar array project located at 590 Secret Lake Road. Athol Daily News/Kathy Chaisson

Staff Writer
Published: 6/27/2019 10:00:19 PM
Modified: 6/27/2019 10:00:13 PM

ATHOL — The application for one of two solar projects proposed by Cypress Creek Renewables was withdrawn while the second received approval from the Conservation Commission to move forward. The application for a solar array located at Route 2 and Lyons Hill Road was withdrawn because it was determined that there were too many wetland areas and not enough land to build on within the 100-foot wetland buffer. The second proposed project, under Hurlburth Solar LLC, is on property located at 590 Secret Lake Road.

Wetlands biologist Karen Stackpole, on behalf of Hurlburth Solar, produced an updated map of the proposed Secret Lake Road site showing eight wetlands totaling 5½ acres that include a vernal pool and a perennial stream. The Commission approved the wetland boundary delineations with the accuracy of flaggings confirmed by wetlands specialist Ward Smith. A Notice of Intent will have to be filed with the Commission and abutters notified if any work such as tree cutting, pole construction or access roads need to be done within the wetlands buffer.

Four hearings were also held during Tuesday’s Commission meeting. A Request for Determination of Applicability submitted by Patrick and Lori Kaltner to remove several trees at 375 Pinedale Rd. was approved. The stumps will remain to prevent erosion and shading of Sportsman’s Pond will not be altered by the cuttings.

The Commission approved a Notice of Intent submitted by Eric and Pamela McGrath, 760 Pinedale Ave. to construct a single-family home on property located on Pinedale Ave., Maps 12 & 13, Parcels 203, 34 & 206. The Commission also approved a Notice of Intent submitted by Shelly St. Cyr, 1796 White Pond Road to implement hydro-raking on non-native/nuisance aquatic vegetation.

A Notice of Intent submitted by Oakland Ave. Realty Trust of Gardner to construct two single-family homes on Lot 3 on Harugari Street and Lot 4 on Oakland Ave. received approval by the Commission for Lot 4 only.

The next Conservation Commission meeting will be held on July 23 at 6 p.m. at Liberty Hall in the Town Hall.

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