TOWN NEEDS YOUR HELP! LAST CHANCE FOR SHARON TO PRESERVE RATTLESNAKE HILL LAND

RATTLESNAKE HILL LAND

We have one last chance to preserve the last large swathe of untouched land in Sharon from development.  The 337-acre property, once owned by the Striar family and currently owned by Brickstone Development Corporation, is expected to be sold by Brickstone by the end of the calendar year.  It is a fabulous, diverse, intact environment, filled with much valuable wildlife and eleven certified vernal pools. It is located between Mountain Street and Bay Road, and contiguous to 1,843-acre Borderland State Park.  Combined, this adjoining parcel would preserve over 2,000 acres…such a rare opportunity to protect a still-healthy, undamaged space in eastern Massachusetts. 

43-acre Borderland State Park.  Combined, this adjoining parcel would preserve over 2,000 acres…such a rare opportunity to protect a still-healthy, undamaged space in eastern Massachusetts. 

The land is rugged and wild, with lots of granite ledge, probably requiring any developer to build a wastewater treatment plant.  Even with one, there are serious concerns about water quality being compromised. Residents in this area all have wells rather than town water, and are very worried about their up-until-now, clean, healthy and safe Sharon well-water. 

Other concerns include increased traffic affecting the currently healthy and abundant wildlife populations and concerns over the cost of new town infrastructure caused by potentially large development.  Town administrators will do their best to protect the town, but there is no telling what project might be built. Development plans being considered over the years have ranged wildly, including eighteen twelve-story senior housing towers, hundreds of single/duplicate/triplicate town houses, a golf course, 40B housing, and hundreds of single-family homes.

The ABSOLUTE BEST SOLUTION from an environmental and climate change perspective is to preserve this totally irreplaceable land – there is no more! There is no next chance. But there is hope….

What you can do – contact your legislators to ask them for help in designating state money ASAP for purchasing this land.  Next year will be too late.  The hope is that the town, without affecting our taxes in any way, can make available Community Preservation Act funds. This decision would be made at the upcoming November town meeting. But the acquisition will need more money – more than your average person can donate, but doable with significant grants from state agencies like Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW), and/or Massachusetts Department of Transportation.  Write or call your state legislators now – they can help secure state funding, but the time window is limited. Our legislators’ contact information:

Walter.Timilty@masenate.gov     (617) 722-1643

Paul.Feeney@masenate.gov     (617) 722-1222

Louis.Kafka@mahouse.gov       617) 722-2960

You can make a difference – but you must take action now! Make that move on the side of environmental sustainability!

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