Opposing expanded development on barrier beach.
In 2005, the City of Newburyport and Town of Newbury extended public water and sewer lines to Plum Island. CLF unsuccessfully opposed this project, arguing that installing public water and sewer lines to the Island would induce new residential development on the fragile barrier beach and further threaten its integrity. Barrier beaches absorb ocean storms and excessive development impairs their ability to do so. Hurricane Katrina graphically illustrates the threat caused by loss of these coastal barriers.
To receive beneficial state financing of the project, the municipalities had agreed to restrict the number of new residential units on the Island to 48, limit building heights and the number of new bedrooms on existing dwellings, and prohibit building beyond existing building footprints. These and other restrictions regarding future development, contained in an agreement between the state and the municipalities, were also to be incorporated into new zoning and wetlands regulations.
Now that the public sewer and water lines are built, the municipalities are declining to keep their agreements, even using outdated maps to indicate the vulnerable dune areas. CLF will work with the State to ensure that the development restrictions are properly enforced.
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|Date:||Jan 1, 2006|
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