Springdale Study Committee Community Input Worksheets
On 11/4/2014 the Town voted to fund the purchase ($5.55M) of 27.2 acres at 46 Springdale Avenue, the final step in a 6-month process. This allowed the Town to gain control over future development of this site and secured our ability to undertake a deliberate and comprehensive approach to determining best future uses and outcomes to benefit the Town. The Board of Selectmen committed to establishing an ad-hoc committee to study any and all uses of the property and subsequently appointed the Springdale Study Committee (SSC).
This Committee is charged by the Dover Board of Selectment to study any and all possible uses of the 46 Springdale property recently acquired by the Town of Dover. This study should include an in-depth analysis of the potential uses identified during the initial review process as well as any additional uses that result from the Committee’s activities. Short- and long-term considerations of each use should include, where applicable: financial; Dover zoning, by-law and other regulations; Mass. General Laws (MGL); and relationship to Dover’s various planning documents, including the Master Plan and Open Space Plan. The full Charge is posted at: http://www.doverma.org/town-government/boards-committees/springdale-study-committee/.
Initiation of Site Study Process and Community Input
Following appointment, the SSC was first convened on Jan. 14, 2015 and has begun the study process working with Town agency liasons and the community. As part of this process we seek to provide opportunities for public input through open Committee meetings, community workshops, and through on-line participation. Two worksheets are below for your use: Worksheet A – Proposed Future Uses – 46 Springdale Ave. Site, and optional Worksheet B – Supplemental Input – 46 Springdale Ave. Site. Feel free to return and complete and submit more than one ”A” or ”B” sheet. Optional Worksheet B is provided so that you may consider and give input regarding aspects pertaining to zoning and existing Town plans and related reports.
The Town has assembled much helpful information about the process and site to date. This information is accessible at: http://www.doverma.org/town-government/boards-committees/springdale-study-committee/ by clicking on ”Information”. The Committee encourages everyone to take a look at the various applicable documents as well as presentations provided so as to gain a good understanding of key information and overall context.
Important Considerations as You Think about Potential Uses
The Board of Selectmen have noted multiple important considerations in their Charge to the Committee. Among these are a number of resources which relate to how we can plan together for best future outcomes for the Springdale Ave. site and our Town. These resources include:
- Dover 2012 Master Plan
- Open Space and Recreation Plan, 2011 Update
- Zoning By-Law
The SSC seeks to encourage a creative approach to thinking about future uses while keeping in mind the needs, priorities, and values expressed in Town planning documents along with applicable regulations and by-laws. Additional information is provided in two handouts prepared by the Dover Planning Board:
- ”46 Springdale” – summarizes information pertaining to current zoning, subdivisions, and allowed uses.
- Ch 185, Zoning ByLaws, Article III. Use Regulations provides a chart of uses by zone called Schedule of Use Regulations. See R-1 for the zone applicable to the property.
A note regarding uses in the current R-1 zone: Uses listed in the Schedule of Use Regulations as A and P would be available under current zoning. Other uses would usually require rezoning of the site or portion of the site where such uses might be located, all subject to applicable Town procedures.
Current List of Potential Future Uses to be Reviewed
The following uses have been compiled by the SSC to date:
Aquifer: new water source for the town.
Hold site for future use.
Open space: maintain 24 acres of 61A land as open space for passive recreation.
Recreation – TBD.
Recreation: Town Community Center similar to Weston Recreation Center with pool and sports fields (and possibly leased to YMCA).
Sell existing home and 61A acreage.
Sell with use restrictions.
Senior Center (existing house).
Affordable housing (with preference given to long-term Dover residents).
Subdivision: sell all or part of the property for alternate development.
Please use the following forms to submit any suggestions regarding future use or uses. These will then be included in the list of uses for evaluation by the Committee.
Feel free to talk with or contact any of our Springdale Study Committee members noted on the SSC link at: http://www.doverma.org/town-government/boards-committees/springdale-study-committee/
Worksheet A – Proposed Future Uses – 46 Springdale Ave. Site
Please complete the worksheet to the extent possible.