After a well-managed and attended meeting last month before the Board of Selectmen by residents who live in and around a small town-owned parcel on Woodfall Road, the town's Office of Community Development has just reissued a draft request for proposal that will now restrict development on the 5.25 acres adjacent to the Belmont Country Club to residential construction.
The draft – which is attached to this article – will come before the Board of Selectmen for approval this coming Monday, Sept. 24.
An initial RFP released by the town's Planning and Economic Development Department in July would have permitted commercial development on the site zoned for four residential parcels.
An Atlanta-based hospice provider had informed the town of its interest in the lot to create a one-story building with a dozen housing units on the site which the town unsuccessfully attempt to auction in 2008.
But opposition from neighboring residents to a commercial operation in a residential area – including having more than 80 people attend the Board of Selectmen's meeting in August – led the Selectmen to ask that the RFP be revised, limiting any proposal to housing.