‘Golden Triangle’ Zoning Changes Still Before Planners

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SANDWICH – The Sandwich Planning Board Tuesday continued a public hearing about zoning amendments a developer has requested for a proposed sports complex on the so-called Golden Triangle property in Sandwich.

People testified at the hearing both in favor of and opposed to the zoning amendments, according to Sandwich Director of Planning and Economic Development Blair Haney.

The board continued the hearing to October 20 to allow more public comment and to give the board ample time to deliberate before voting on whether or not to recommend the zoning changes at the Special Town Meeting next month.

Haney said Sandwich Selectmen are supporting the process of reviewing the project proposal. The town has been seeking to interest a developer in the town-owned 56-acre triangle-shaped parcel at the intersection of Cotuit Road and Quaker Meetinghouse Road for almost 20 years.

“Our goal is to try to work with the people that responded to the [request for proposals] that we put out when we tried to sell the land. Again this is the fourth time we’ve done this over the course of 15 to 20 years. The town wants to try to put its best foot forward in this proposal that came forward in the public bidding process,” Haney said.

One zoning amendment would allow a building to be constructed up to 70 feet high on the site. The other would allow for ground-mounted solar panels, which the developer wants to use as cover for the parking area.

The two zoning amendments are being proposed by the developer but would stay on the property even if the development does not go forward, Haney said.

“This is a project that we’re going to try to support but the zoning amendments run with the land. It’s good planning. It brings the value of the land up. It makes it more appealing,” he said.

The developer, according to a website promoting the project is a partnership of a group called Falmouth Properties, along with baseball executive Dan Duquette and an investment group called Boston Global Investors.

If the zoning amendments are approved at the Special Town Meeting, the project would go before the Cape Cod Commission for review.

Haney said many of the concerns of the opponents would be addressed further along in the process.

“Voting in favor of the zoning amendment does not in any way guarantee the project moves forward. They still have a lot of permitting left to do. But if we vote against it, we’ll never find out if it’s a good fit for Sandwich,” he said.

The Special Town Meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 16, at 7 p.m. at Sandwich High School.

Comments

  1. Jane Logan says:

    Those of us opposed to the zoning amendment made a lot of good points that should’ve been included in this article.

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