EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 11, 2014

New homes planned off Route 110

Developers offer land preservation, public walking trail

By Shawn Regan
sregan@eagletribune.com

---- — HAVERHILL — A group wants to build a housing development in the Scotland Heights area of the city, off Route 110 near the Methuen line.

City Council will consider the proposal for 10 new single-family homes tonight.

Michael Crowe and George Charest are seeking a special permit from the council to build the houses on Snow Road in a so-called “cluster” development.

The developers are seeking permission to build the homes on less land than allowed in a traditional housing project. In exchange, they have agreed to give the city a portion of the 19-acre site and to set aside land for a public walking path, according to paperwork on the project.

The project requires approval from the council to go forward. Councilors are expected to vote immediately after a public hearing at tonight’s meeting at 7 in City Hall.

The project has already won conditional approval from the Planning Board and Planning Director William Pillsbury.

“I believe this project is in line with the best interests of the city in that it balances the density on the site with specific commitment to open space,” Pillsbury said in a letter to the council. “Additionally the project affords the city the opportunity to own and control high quality open space around the project as a means of expanding our greenbelt and trails opportunities.”

At the request of Pillsbury and the Planning Board, the developers agreed to build a short roadway through the site to allow for the potential future extension of that road into another developable property next door.

If the council approves the special permit tonight, the project goes back to the Planning Board for final review of the development’s water, sewer and drainage systems.