Falmouth planners OK 18-lot subdivision

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FALMOUTH — A new 18-lot conservation subdivision is on the horizon for a section of Blackstrap Road known for its open and protected spaces.

The Planning Board granted conditional approval to the 68-acre Hundred Acre Woods development at 570 Blackstrap Road on Nov. 2.

The property is one piece of a 130-acre parcel owned by Hundred Acre Woods LLC since 2004. The development has been before the Planning Board in one form or another since 2005.

“They are planning on deeding the common open space to the Falmouth Land Trust,” Senior Planner Ethan Croce said. “The property is between two preserved areas.”

The approximately 54 acres of land that is slated for protection abuts the 280-acre Blackstrap Hill Preserve and another unnamed section of protected land, which connects with the 300-acre Lowell Preserve in Windham.

“We are excited they have continued to support a donation of the land,” Falmouth Land Trust President John Adelman said. “We are happy they are ready, willing and able to make good on the promises they made years ago.”

Adelman said the trust’s primary goal is connectivity, which this parcel will increase as it creates a corridor of protected space for people and animals.

Some neighbors and members of the trust expressed concern about the subdivision when the developers hired a company to clear-cut sections it would later be developing.

However, those concerns have been put aside in exchange for the land donation.

“We have told the developers that we would support them doing what they want to with the (unprotected) property,” Adelman said.

Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or eparkhurst@theforecaster.net

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