In fact, much has changed in the years since Cohasset embarked on developing a Master Plan and an Open Space Plan, including the expansion of the sewer system into residential districts and an inflation in property values which increased pressure to build large houses on increasingly expensive land.
We believe that in order to protect our town's character and environment, we must be forward thinking in our zoning policies and practices, to make the common sense changes that will bring our zoning more in line with policies in towns like Norwell, Duxbury and Wellesley.
There are 2 revisions to existing laws that we would like to see enacted. We are currently working with elected town officials to bring these to a vote.
1. Prevent clear cutting and large scale removal of rock ledge. We want to ensure that the earth removal bylaws address changes in grade, clearing and drainage, and that wholesale clear cutting of trees is not permitted. Additionally, we want to ensure that massive blasting of our characteristic rock ledge is prohibited without a special permit. Our current bylaws do not adequately address this issue, as the photo above clearly demonstrates.
We have written a proposed law that addresses undeveloped land only. We will work with elected officials to get this law on the Warrant for Spring 2018 Town Meeting.
2. Strengthen the large home review process. We want to clarify and add "teeth" to the current bylaws so that what gets built in town conforms to the intentions in our own Master Plan. We are working with Town Boards on a proposed law that could help the Large Home Review process better protect our town. We are hopefully that a measure will be on the Spring 2018 Town Meeting warrant for a vote.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Recent developments in town -- including the clear cutting of multiple wooded lots, large scale blasting of rock ledge, enormous houses being built on small lots , and proposed development in environmentally sensitive areas -- have alarmed many citizens.