Woodmont Commons project awaits conditional approval in Londonderry
The council’s decision is pending the project’s conditional approval — which is a possible outcome of tonight’s Planning Board meeting.
“This week, we’re anticipating the board making a final decision on approval,” Ramsdell told councilors during a public discussion on the Woodmont Commons development agreement.
“What it does do is provide the town with an agreement and some ground rules for the developer,” Ramsdell explained.
If approved, the 625-acre town village project would be built on former orchard lands abutting Route 102 and Interstate 93.
Ramsdell said the development agreement in question includes a provision that the PUD must remain “in a positive fiscal footing” over the allotted time period.
He further noted that as the development of Woodmont Commons moves forward, project officials have agreed to provide up to three acres of cemetery plots, build new police and fire substations if necessary and make land available for the construction of a new elementary school should the need arise.
Ramsdell noted that the PUD ordinance as well as state statutes suggest it makes more sense for developers of larger projects to work directly with the Planning Board.
Dolan said he was hesitant to agree, noting that the ZBA’s approval process is often stricter than the Planning Board’s.
Attorney Ari Pollack, who represents project developers Pillsbury Realty Development LLC, noted the town’s Master Plan “is filled with opportunities for the Planning Board to regulate items of significant community impact.”
The Planning Board will meet tonight at 7 p.m. in the Moose Hill Council Chambers at Londonderry Town Hall.
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