Town to survey residents
about Terre Haute's use
As appeared in the Bethel Beacon, August 9, 2002
The town is
seeking proposals for surveys on the Terre Haute property to determine
what should be done with the property.
to look at our options and manage the space as best as we can for
the town," said First Selectwoman Judith Novachek
property, which straddles the Bethel-Danbury border, covers 654
acres. The Francis J. Clarke Industrial Park covers 196 acres of
the property. Another 250 acres in Bethel is zoned R-80, which means
one house could be allowed for every two acres. That land is currently
open. In addition, the property includes 208 open acres in Danbury,
which recently decided that no golf courses may be built on that
Legnard said it is important to survey the land so that the town
knows what it has.
an obligation to use that property for the people of Bethel,"
of the Board of Selectmen said they would also like to form a committee
to look into what the best use of the property would be.
noted that people use the property for a variety of activities,
including hiking, camping, archery and swimming. That, she said,
might make the decision to do anything with the property a difficult
We are too
emotionally attached to it," Mrs. Novachek said.
said he is in favor of doing a survey and finding out what the property
would be best suited for.
is a way of putting some asset we have to work," he said. "It's
something that intelligently should be looked at."
believes that having a survey of the property conducted is the right
thing to do.
don't have qualified personnel on board, you have to spend money
to make the right decision," she said. "It's better than
guessing at a decision on your own," Mr. Legnard added.
noted that when the town bought the property in 1979, it was intended
for recreation and development as well as other uses. "I just
think that we have to have a multitude of uses," she said.
It was also
noted that one of the decisions could be to sell the property and
purchase other land.
Advocates for Terre Haute would like to see the land remain open
so that it can continue to be a home for wildlife.
In an earlier
interview, Bethel resident Ellen Rosenberg, who is a member of PATH,
said the land would not be suitable for a golf course because it
has steep slopes, vernal pools and streams.
She pointed out that PATH would like to get a conservation easement,
which would limit the type of development that could be done there.
and Zoning Officer Betty Brosius has said the property in Bethel
would be better suited for a golf course because that land is more
level. She also noted that a golf course, public parks, recreational
facilities and playgrounds could be constructed on Bethel's portion
of the property as a special-permit use.
voted down a proposal for a municipal golf course two years ago.
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