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Supported a comment by Brad Hubbard-Nelson on Envision Concord 1 year, 1 month ago
Brad Hubbard-Nelson
In the case that the middle schools are rebuilt at Sanborn, the Peabody site could be repurposed into a co-housing development. Affordable community housing with shared spaces would be attractive to young families, close to both Willard and CMS. For a nearby example, look at NewView housing in Acton, a really nice living situation.
Supported a comment by Lori Pazaris on Envision Concord 1 year, 1 month ago
Lori Pazaris
The word sustainability can be defined in terms of leaving our children with the natural resources they will need for a healthy future. Sustainability must be considered and built into all aspects of the comprehensive plan. Energy is just one segment of sustainability. Maintaining and protecting open space using fewer materials in construction and other projects etc are examples.
Supported a comment by Lori Pazaris on Envision Concord 1 year, 2 months ago
Lori Pazaris
Here is the intro to the APA planning principles for sustaining places which the Town has said they will use for developing the next Comprehensive Long-Range Plan: "Planning for sustainability is the defining challenge of the 21st century. Overcoming deeply ingrained economic and cultural patterns that result in resource depletion, climate instability, and economic and social stress requires holistic problem solving that blends the best scientific understanding of existing conditions and available technologies with the public resolve to act. Planning processes allow communities to look past immediate concerns, evaluate options for how best to proceed, and to move towards a better future…….. Planning can provide the necessary analysis, the requisite community wide reflection and education, and the momentum required to respond to these monumental challenges. I have asked our Comprehensive Long Range Planning Committee Planning to provide education for our community on why sustainability needs to be incorporated into all of these questions and, then, give the community time to reflect on these. Concord did pass Sustainability Principles in 2011, but we have a way to go to incorporate them.
Supported a comment by Lori Pazaris on Envision Concord 1 year, 2 months ago
Lori Pazaris
In 2011 the town adopted a set of sustainability principles that include 1) reducing dependence upon fossil fuels, underground metals, and minerals; 2) reducing dependence upon synthetic chemicals and other manufactured substances; 3) reducing encroachment upon nature; and 4) meeting human needs fairly and efficiently. The town has made good progress particularly as it pertains to the built environment. Complex issues have made progress on others more difficult. Upgrading sustainability practices will require changing zoning and other regulations, considering adopting sustainable practices like grey water, that are currently not supported by appropriate state codes and regs, and recognition and willingness to prioritize and find funding for outdated systems, e.g. wastewater and storm management, that will not serve us well as extreme climate events intensify and occur more frequently.
Supported a comment by Lori Pazaris on Envision Concord 1 year, 2 months ago
Lori Pazaris
Very happy with the facilities we have in Concord like the Beede Center, Harvey Wheeler, playgrounds, community gardens, and our libraries that offer free public meeting space. In light of climate change, we need to simplify and not develop more non-critical structures.
Commented on Envision Concord 1 year, 2 months ago
I use the Beede Center and the Harvey Wheeler Community Center frequently. Being able to exercise is important to me. Yoga is now available at a low rate at Harvey Wheeler; and I would like to see this continue for seniors. I have benefitted from the past policy of no charge at the Beede Center for octogenarians or older. It is regrettable that that was terminated, although I was grandfathered in and still enjoy it. Affordability is an issue for retired people without large financial assets.