Route 1 Workshop Spurs Discussion

Nearly 40 people, town residents, business and property owners, and local officials, braved the snow and cold last Thursday evening for the Route 1 workshop at Boyden Library. Based on the responses to the Weekly Polls as reported here, many Foxborough residents view Route 1 as an opportunity to strengthen the Town’s tax base. Property owners voiced concerns over the strictures of the existing zoning, particularly in the S-1 zone. A participatory discussion amongst all ensued.

 
Many of the challenges to development were discussed including:
• A Zone 2 water resource area that merits protection;
• Sewer service for Route 1 businesses;
• The additional cost of redevelopment;
• Transportation, traffic and parking;
• Buffering Foxborough’s residential areas from development along Route 1;
• Enhancing Foxborough’s front door by greening Route 1.

A green buffer with open space and paths was suggested as an approach to protect residential areas of Foxborough from development along Route 1, as depicted below

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The Route 1 Workshop presentation can be viewed here:  Rte_1_Workshop_PPT_150129_FoxboroughMasterPlan_McCabeEnterprises_Final_update

The Foxborough Planning Board intends to continue the discussion and work about Route 1 planning and zoning in the weeks and months to come. So stay tuned.

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