Vital information to consider when voting on April 4, 2018 - including projected cost and future tax burden, environmental impact, the process to date, and the lack of transparency leading up to the vote.
An expert report was prepared by Dr. Donald J. Poland, AICP SVP & Managing Director of Urban Planning, Goman + York Property Advisors, LLC. Findings include, the dog park is at odds with Weston's Plan of Conservation and Development, it fails to meet the same standards the Town requires of other projects, and tries to justify a foregone conclusion (Moore property) without consistent and adequate criteria for evaluating all possible alternative sites.
There were 14 questions on the town-wide questionnaire for the 2010 Town Plan of Conservation and Development. These are the results:
Initially, the proposal to build a dog park in Weston seemed like a good one. But now is not the right time. There are too many uncertainties that should give this project pause. Severe fiscal crisis, maintenance, security and environmental concerns to consider at this time, it makes fiscal sense as well as common sense to table the dog park proposal for now.
An expert report was prepared by Jamie Brätt, AICP, LEED AP, dated April 2, 2017, focused primarily on whether the application at hand for the Dog Park on the Moore Property is harmonious with the town’s Plan of Conservation & Development, and whether it helps bring about stated goals within the plan.