Selectmen approve Green Street conservation restriction

31

Northborough – The Board of Selectmen voted April 14 to accept a conservation restriction on the Green Street property acquired four years ago with Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds.

The Sudbury Valley Trustees will hold the permanent conservation restriction, which will prohibit the land from ever being developed.

Trustees” representative Ashley Davies said state law requires properties acquired with CPA funds to have a “second layer of protection” in the form of a restriction held by a qualified third party.

The town purchased the former Schunder farm on Green Street in 2010. According to state records, the entire purchase price for the 52 acres was $1.25 million, about $800,000 of which came from local CPA receipts.

Davies said the property is already under the stewardship of the Northborough Conservation Commission and that both restrictions now on the property would require an act of the legislature to reverse.

The property is one of 148 the Sudbury Valley Trustees manage or protect in the region, with donations to the organization helping to plan trails and fund upkeep of the land going forward, Davies said.