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All about Alewife
- A public forum sponsored by Belmont Land Trust

All Saints Parish Hall, 17 Clark St., Belmont
Wednesday, January 19, 2000 at 7:30 pm
Snow date: Wednesday, January 26, 2000


Welcome: Neal Winston, President, Belmont Land Trust
Opening Remarks: William P. Monahan, Chairman, Board of Selectmen
Moderator: Michael Baram, Belmont Land Trust Board Member

Five Minute Presentations:

1. Regional Perspective on Alewife - Anne Paulsen State Representative.
Discussion of ownership and other interests; regional initiatives and proposals involving Arlington, Cambridge and Belmont; and the private property and MDC land within Belmont.

2. Belmont Zoning an Alewife - Joseph Newberg, Chairman, Belmont Planning Board.
Discussion of current zoning of land within Belmont; the permit process; options for rezoning; and the role of Belmont's Planning Board.

3. Belmont Conservation/Wetlands Controls and Alewife - Lloyd Allen, Chairman, Belmont Conservation Commission
Discussion of current requirements; wetlands delineation; open space planning and status of Belmont's Open Space and Recreation Plan; and the role of Belmont's Conservation Commission.

4. Belmont Drainage/Flood Control and Alewife - Tom Gatzunis, Chief Engineer, Town of Belmont.
Discussion of the hydrologic relationship between Belmont and Alewife, and the value of Alewife wetlands for protecting private property in Belmont.

5. Alewife Ecology - Stewart Sanders, naturalist and author, "An Alewife Area Ecology Guide".
Discussion of wildlife habitat, vegetation, recreational uses such as hiking, birdwatching, nature walks and canoeing in Alewife.

6. Alewife and the Regional Greenway - Laurie Bennett, Director, Habitat Sanctuary.
Discussion of the Greenway, MDC Reservations, and Alewife potential.

7. Potential Development of Alewife Area - Alan McClennen, Town Planner, Arlington.
Discussion of activities and proposals for Alewife development; Arlington and Cambridge perspectives; implications for Belmont residents; and the economics of open space vs. development.

Break, then Questions and Discussion

A guided walking tour of Alewife will be organized for a date after this meeting.

(Event sponsored - and information provided - by the Belmont Land Trust,
which is not affiliated with the Alewife Study Group)