Littleton at the Crossroads: Rt. 2 @ I-495
Public Forum held May 31st. The Town of Littleton has launched an economic development planning initiative for the industrially-zoned land near the intersection of Routes 2 and I-495. The project goal is to provide consensus scenarios for development of the Upper Foster Street/Taylor Street/Porter Road area and the Littleton MBTA commuter rail station. The development vision will guide regulatory changes and infrastructure planning. A public forum was held on Thursday, May 31, 2012. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council facilitated the discussion. See MAPC's presentation. Read notes from the public forum.
On December 19, 2011, the Board of Selectmen executed a contract in the amount of $10,000 with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) for planning and meeting facilitation services to One of the Selectmen's goals for FY 2012 is to incorporate upper Foster and Taylor Streets and Porter Road areas in Town’s economic development planning efforts, including linkage to commuter rail station improvements; identify infrastructure needs, explore overlay zoning with the Planning Board.
||On March 29, 2012, the Patrick-Murray Administration announced the release of the 495/MetroWest Development Compact Regional Plan. The priority areas identified in this plan -- which include the industrial area around the intersection of Rt. 2 and I-495 in Littleton-- are intended to guide and inform future land use decisions in the region. By providing a regional perspective on the 495/MetroWest Region, the Plan will help local, regional and state partners make decisions and investments that promote new growth which maximizes current resources in the region and to assure that continued growth will be sustainable over the long term.
Littleton has successfully used planning to guide economic development. Building on the 2001 Master Plan, Littleton has used the State’s 43D program and District Local Technical Assistance, a grant from the Charles River Watershed Association, and Town funds to evaluate transportation needs for the former Cisco property, a designated 43D site; change the zoning to provide for redevelopment of the Cisco site and to encourage compatible village development in the Common Area; and to conduct a sewer feasibility study. Additionally, the Board of Selectmen prepares Annual Goals that provide benchmarks for the community’s planning efforts. The reconstruction of the Littleton Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Commuter Rail station and installation of a second track will allow expanded rail service, including the opportunity for a reverse commute to Littleton. It is anticipated that this expansion will create development and re-development opportunities in the area surrounding the train station. The Town desires to develop a vision to guide future development through a public process including all stakeholders. Regulatory changes will allow for the implementation of the vision.