Lori Pazaris



June, 2017

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Supported a comment by Gary Kleiman on Envision Concord 5 years, 11 months ago
Gary Kleiman
and revising zoning to keep development out of current and FUTURE flood plains.
Supported a comment by Bob Andrews on Envision Concord 5 years, 11 months ago
Bob Andrews
I think Dorrie is on target here. When small, relatively affordable houses are replaced by huge, expensive ones, we are making Concord a less desirable and affordable place to live. This is a destructive trend that should not be allowed to continue if we mean what we say when we talk about meeting human needs in a fair and equitable way. A sustainable town is one that adequately houses old and young, rich and poor.
Supported a comment by Bill Montague on Envision Concord 5 years, 11 months ago
Bill Montague
Create monuments on Monument Square of our most respected Icons such as Thoreau, Emerson, Daniel Chester French, Louisa May Alcott. Sarah Ripley
Then the founders of Concord: Squaw Sachem, Simon Willard, Peter Buckley
Commented on Envision Concord 5 years, 11 months ago
Excellent suggestion! Concord does have a Tree Preservation Sub Committee that sponsored our Tree preservation bylaw, passed at last year’s town meeting. The by-law is a start and can / should be expanded.

Many folks are not aware that trees are connected to our water cycles, can protect against drought, and keep our land hydrated and aquifers full. We need to connect the dots by forming a climate resilience committee or task force to review and make recommendations on best land and water management practices (including trees and other vegetation, creation of healthy soil that can provide quick water infiltration, protecting water supplies, etc).
Supported a comment by Joe Stein on Envision Concord 5 years, 11 months ago
Joe Stein
Trees provide a number of important ecological and environmental services, as well as improve property values and "town character". But trees are experiencing increasing stress from road salt, infestations (pine trees are dying all over town), and climate (ie,tar spot due to prolonged wet conditions). I propose the Town consider creating a formal Tree Committee modeled after other successful committees within MA. The committee may be charged with promoting shade tree plantings, soliciting ideas for tree replacement, managing tree dedications, etc. Towns such as Lexington, MA have an active Tree Committee and dedicated town website. Concord should consider the same (I would happily serve as volunteer).
Supported a comment by Tanya Gailus on Envision Concord 5 years, 11 months ago
Tanya Gailus
When consultant keeps saying "change is going to happen whether we want it or not" or something to that effect, one wonders: Is anyone claiming otherwise? (Doubtful.) The question that then comes to mind is: Is consultant trying to pre-advocate for certain preferences, specifically: not just for conceivably appropriate development, but also for pre-arranged , pre-determined reduction policies in conservation measures, to smooth the road for any not-necessary development. Not dissimilar to some of the policies of the current national administration. Ideas perhaps especially based on closed door meetings with for-profit interests and with town management personnel some of whom have expressed resistance (per draft report) to natural preservation initiatives. This "baking- in implementation" approach raises concerns, especially when meetings with developers have taken place behind closed doors, and also since consultant has resisted similar meetings with conservation groups. Whatever improved transparency the CLRPC decides to provide from now on will not change this initial rigging of the field. Yes, change will of course happen, as transformation, as evolution. The way to go about is to tackle needs one by one, not to write off or reduce natural preservation measures from the start. In addition, we do not know what exactly might change in two or three years - demographically, ecologically, politically. So it is dangerous to establish pre-set policies. We can only identify immediate needs and future potential needs.