Additional approvals still needed
By John Fitts
After hearing arguments for and against the idea – and asking a few questions themselves – the Board of Selectmen voted Wednesday night to move forward with plans for a dog park off Commerce Drive.
The idea calls for an enclosed dog park and parking on approximately one acre of a 6.89-acre parcel near the Farmington River Trail. Members of a group called the Friends of Canton Dog Park have said they will fully fund the estimated $30,000 to build the park, as well as yearly maintenance.
The unanimous Board of Selectmen vote, with one member absent, represents just a step in the process. With the vote, town officials and the land trust will now formally apply to the Inland Wetlands Agency and Planning and Zoning Commission for necessary approvals that are needed before a park could be built.
Part of the proposal would also involve a land swap between the town and the Canton Land Conservation Trust, which is seeking three town-owned parcels (approximately 28 acres) on Westwood Drive to connect with its 75-acre Upland Preserve.
Prior to making their decision, selectmen heard from several residents. … Continue Reading