AD HOC CONSERVATION/NATURE
CENTER COMMITTEE, AFTER SPECIAL TOWN MEETING SAY'S "YES"...new page
Conservation Education Center Committee:
is not an official record of the activities of this Ad Hoc Committee.
above left to 1999 unofficial land use map of Weston...please remember
that what is described below is not an official record of the Public
observed by "About Town." Some of the Master Plan committee
prepare for December 4th Board of Selectmen's meeting. Jointly
Juliana Lachat Preserve (Nature Conservancy and the Town of Weston)
by Vermont architect; readied for the above noted presentation to
Board of Selectmen. Ultimately, beside consulting with Board of
and Board of Finance, three or more Boards and Commissions will have to
take formal action if the Master Plan is to become reality. And
Meeting, too. Special Town Meeting June 17, 2004 said "yes" to
funding ($1.5 million plus interest on deferred assessment).
Hoc Conservation/Nature Center original main page:
Town Meeting voted "yes" plans could really begin unfolding for how the
roughly sketched details may work. Design Development becomes
for local regulatory process; Construction comes after approvals
are received from Conservation Commission, Planning and Zoning
traffic and safety authorities. About Town was not able to make
June 30, 2004 Special Meeting at 106 Godfrey Road (the site), but it is
our understanding that after a tour of the site, a presentation on
was made - this being the most appropriate place for a demonstration of
environmental sensitivity, as new buildings are blended with old and a
very special viewshed is to be protected.
June 3, 2004 Board of
Selectmen's Meeting: Special Town Meeting set...
Dr. Lynne Pierson and Richard
Wolf added to AD HOC Conservation/Nature Center Committee (filling
Special Town Meeting June 17, 2004, 8pm, Weston Library for next step
realization of Juliana Lachat Preserve as education center.
AD HOC CONSERVATION/NATURE
CENTER COMMITTEE: notice of Special Meeting Thursday, May
2004 at 11am, Commission Room at Town Hall: approval of
plans for Town Meeting in June; Committee vacancies;
of contracts and project schedule/minutes approved, discussion took
on subjects on the agenda but no action was taken, and no discussion of
contracts took plasce.
of Finance votes 3-3 with one abstention on funding Lachat
education project - so it does not get approved - April 1, 2004
meeting. Not up for a vote, therefore, at ATBM on April 14.
HOC NATURE CENTER/CONSERVATION
COMMITTEE, JANUARY 22, 2004, 1pm, Town Hall Meeting Room:
AGENDA: With a quorum
present, agenda items were addressed (minutes, etc.) and further
of the depth, type and time for funding the commitment, from the Town
Weston, for the construction for this project, was discussed; The
Nature Conservancy seeks to move to the next level with the Juliana
Preserve and education center, but awaits what it considers the
actions by the Town of Weston.
AD HOC NATURE CENTER/CONSERVATION COMMITTEE:
read of Board of Selectmen meetings re: this proposal
Special Meeting Monday,
December 22, 2003 at 11am: minutes approved, discussion of
and related costs of these phases plus add-on for energy creation
up-fronting costs by Nature Conservancy (in part) plus upkeep funding
Leon Lachat's estate; date for presentation to the Board of
(#2) in January (either the special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 6 or
Jan. 15 (Regularly scheduled meeting). "About Town" left
before this meeting ended.
HOC NATURE CENTER/CONSERVATION
Special Meeting Friday,
November 14, 2003 at 1pm in the Commission Room at Town Hall - review
Master Plan and model...still in DRAFT stage prior to presentation
for December 4 Board of Selectmen's meeting.
HOC NATURE CENTER/CONSERVATION COMMITTEE:
October 10, 2003, 10am, Commission Room
Minutes of 9/24/03 meeting approved. Next came discussion with
Edgecomb of Draft Final Master Plan. Three sets of drawings were
shown (1" = 40' MASTER PLAN; 1" - 30' for MODEL; and
1"= 20' FARMYARD) and a set of elevations of education
NOTE: Master Plan is now conscious of the importance of keeping
views from Godfrey Road clear of "developed" character. Any
erected will be both out of "viewshed" from cars and people in them (or
pedestrians) and of a nature and scale that fills the expectation of
kind of building appropriate for inclusion in a farming landscape
Discussion of future meetings and preparation for these were discussed
with no conclusion. The Committee will meet again to set these
and dates @ December.
HOC NATURE CENTER/CONSERVATION COMMITTEE...meeting not attended by
"About Town" selects, preliminarily (please remember, this is reliable
report, but not personally observed),
HOC NATURE CENTER/CONSERVATION COMMITTEE:
11, 2003 12 NOON MEETING (Town Hall Commission Room) - partial
At the part of the meeting "About Town" attended (from 12 noon to
Jim Edgecomb and a quorum of AD HOC COMMITTEE reviewed three (3)
alternative designs with variations of detail. Click HEREto
see illustrative drawing ("Bird's Eye View" or axonometric projections
of building layout and site plan details including topography).
HOC Conservation/Nature Center Committee, February 11, 2003, 4:40pm,
Hall Commission Room
1)discussion of Architect's Plans 2)discussion re: budget
3)any other matters
HOC Conservation/Nature Center Committee, January 28, 2003, @4pm
properly noticed, this meeting (only for AD HOC COMMITTEE members--not
with consultant/architect) could not and did not take place, although
was given to "About Town" that the upcoming, next meeting with the
would be properly noticed and scheduled correctly-- expected to take
February 13, 2003: an assembled "walk" at the Juliana Lachat
at 1pm, returning for a 3pm meeting at Town Hall Commission
this part of the meeting may begin a bit early. The 4th and final
meeting with the architect is now seen as happening in March.
HOC Conservation/Nature Center Committee
for January 14, 2003, 4:30pm, Commission Room:
Review and discussion of proposed alternative parking layouts for
Center/no turnaround desired, but alternatives for the one-way road
Discussion of Edgecomb architectural costs and services/discussion of
to best schedule next phases of the effort and coordinate with other
project for the Town of Weston.
Any other matters/next meeting should be January 28, 2003 at 1pm in the
Commission Room, unless more time requested by architect..
HOC CONSERVATION/NATURE CENTER COMMITTEE:
Special Meeting was held on Wednesday, December 11, 2002, from 4:10pm
4:45pm to address specific questions about the condition and location
the barns on the Juliana Lachat Preserve property. A quorum was
Discussion ensued relating to whether the existing barn complex could
"stabilized" for a reasonable price and whether or not it or any part
it should remain in the plan. It was noted that a gradual
to this project, maintaining existing buildings in good and safe
was necessary for the Town, without major expense or "site development"
costs (i.e. "country roads" without impervious surfaces) to keep the
of rural Weston while still being able to use the property as
AD HOC CONSERVATION/NATURE CENTER COMMITTEE: second
meeting with Edgecomb post approval of financing...THURSDAY, Dec. 5,
at 1:15pm-2:45pm; "About Town" left at this time, but meeting
in the Town Hall Commission Room.
all but Mary Kolek; Jim Edgecomb and Matt from Edgecomb Design Group.
meeting dates for 2003 and January 2004 were set--second Tuesday of the
month at 4:30pm in the Town Hall Commission Room, except for November
Wednesday that month. George Guidera moved, Dick Bochinski
motion to adopt the above dates and time for the next year's regular
of the AD HOC Conservation/Nature Center Committee. Unanimously
Delivered to the Town Clerk.
Edgecomb gave an overview of the project's "prime design
Based upon topographic (digital) maps at 1"=50' scale, a series of
drawings were displayed. Each option shown had sub-options, and
the present scale it was easy to read as regards traffic and parking
general planning layout. The areas of "challenge" involve the
access, parking, bus turnaround, evaluation of buildings and possible
entry, wetlands. Multiple schemes were presented. The
part of the consultants day was taken up with tour and observations on
site at the Juliana Lachat Preserve.
discussed was access. There are four points of access:
2)realignment of road access to the east, between two trees (42'
oaks) 3)through meadow 4)Ladder Hill Road.
discussed was parking. How much and where parking is
is it gravelled, paved (not preferred), one-way, two-way flow of
between parking opportunities, mingling or not of different modes (car,
bus, delivery and garbage vehicles); requirements for turnaround
space differs for cars and bus traffic.
to be discussed was status of existing buildings, their future role to
maintain "courtyard" for the farm and pedestrian flows. The
can be renovated and preserved for use as administration and intern
according to Edgecomb. The barn can be maintained as a barn, but
not feasible to renovate for public use. Rear house not worth
(because it has become a modern structure--denatured as an historical
The garage blocks the "gateway" to the Den.
points were discussed next. Based upon other experiences, members
of the Committee suggested not paving much of the access, trying to
impact of bus loading and standing/waiting. One way traffic was
by some, narrow travelways by others. Intrusion on wetlands will
not be done, of course, but relocation and creation of new wetlands, in
cooperation with Conservation, P&Z, to enhance the teaching aspect
and learning about ecology first hand for visitors and students, is a
thing. At this point (2:45pm.) "About Town" had to
NEXT MEETING: end of January (28?).
HOC CONSERVATION/NATURE CENTER COMMITTEE: first meeting with
Edgecomb post approval of financing...TUESDAY, OCT. 15, 2002, 3pm-est.
6pm, Town Hall Commission Room:
Town" arrived at meeting late--@3:45pm and left early--5:30pm;
members present. Jim Edgecomb and "Matt" had been in Weston all
and reported on their discussions with Town staff (majority of this
took place, most likely, before we arrived). Excellent
to observe, choice of Edgecomb Group seems to be the right fit for this
set for three (3) other meetings with the Conservation/Nature Center Ad
5, 2002 at 2pm; January 28, 2003 (tent.) and March 6, 2003 (tent.) we
at the same time in the same location--Town Hall Commission Room.
to the architects (as written in document not in "About Town's"
from summer 2002) includes:
on existing front house for The Nature Conservancy and their partner
center, rest rooms, kitchen
facility for outdoor events (temporary tent--not a permanent structure)
for total 60 student (with divider to permit 2 classroom activities at
details of "program" discussed, including place for equipment shed and
related vehicles), parking lot (s) and how many paved spaces are needed
immediately and how many can wait. Emphasis on original
maintaining homestead and walls and plantings and out-building
Wetland corridor to be organized and enhanced as natural example of
for teaching purposes.
product for the Committee will be a "booklet" but other drawing and
will be created. Drawings will be 1"=40' unless more
or engineering detail is required at some point. Committee
desire to have a model created showing entire property as it relates to
neighborhood and the Den. Vistas to be maintained and enhanced.
changing the look of the property is key. "About Town" will not
into any more detail here, because this was a "working" meeting and the
process seems to be developing very well.
AGENDA dated 10-4-02... (NOT the official agenda):
TO THE ARCHITECTS (has anything changed?)
STATEMENT ("guiding principles for the project")
CONSIDERATIONS (based on letter dated February 12, 2002; not presented
at a public meeting, so not a public document)
ON PERMITTING RESEARCH (brief review of days activities before this
from three (3) architects' presentations @Thursday, October 10, 2001
Hall, Norfield Road, Weston, CT; previous interviews as observed
by "About Town:"
Jim Edgecomb - 4:00pm-5pm - observed by "About town", October 10, 2001-
unanimous choice (9-23-02) of AD HOC COMMITTEE at this meeting;
Leonard Baum - 5:00pm - observed previously by "About Town", in part,
Bob Faesy - 6:00pm - observed by "About Town" previously, in part, June
BOARD OF SELECTMEN OCT. 3...BOARD OF FINANCE OCT. 10th at 8pm...
of Selectmen unanimously recommends to Board of Finance $25,500
appropriation" for MASTER PLAN funding (50% of cost--Nature Conservancy
to put up other 50%) - BD of FINANCE OK's $26,000 Oct. 10.