HARVARD -- As plans for a zero-energy community begin to take shape, the Conservation Commission reviewed building plans for the site.

Transformations Inc. began working with the Conservation Commission nearly four years ago on a site off Stow Road for a zero-energy community of 24 homes.

The commission issued an order of conditions and has been working to make sure the plans stay on track.

"Meeting with the Conservation Commission for a pre-activity meeting was part of their conditions, and we have very detailed oversight (of the project)," conservation agent Liz Allard said. "So far the only thing installed and approved are the drinking-water wells."

The plans for the community remain very similar to the original version with a slight edit to the septic system that takes up the same area, but has different dimensions.

"We changed the septic system itself, but not where it goes," Agents of Transformation Inc. said. "To the naked eye they are the same, but they are a little wider, but in the exact same spot."

The Board of Health is currently reviewing the changes to the septic system.

The approved plan for the community was brought to the Conservation Commission with few edits but the agents at Transformation Inc. are worried about possible future changes.

"What we just want to figure out is, if something comes up (that needs changing) what are the rules of discussing it?" Transformation Inc.


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agents asked.

"All of this was (drawn out) a long time ago and was months and months of fine tuning, so we would all have to get back into it and review where things are," Conservation Commission member Wendy Sisson said. "If you want to pencil in what you're thinking of to give us an idea (that could work)."

Transformation Inc. agreed to provide the Conservation Commission with any detailed changes that may come up.

The commission reviewed the plans and asked for a construction sequence plan as soon as possible. Allard said the commission has since requested that the plans be in by Sept. 30.

Boat racks

The commission looked at an email discussing the placement of the boat racks at Bare Hill Pond. A few folks have complained that there is not enough room for storage of crew boats. Some have suggested clearing woods around the existing boat racks to make more room, which is an activity that would require a permit from the commission. There is also a stormwater retention area within that wooded area.

The commission mentioned that when the existing boat racks were in place, that all parties agreed that there was enough boat rack space.

According to the town's Wetlands Protection Bylaw, nothing may be altered within 200 feet of the edge of Bare Hill Pond without a permit from the commission.

"Our bylaw is more stringent than some others that only require 100 feet," Allard said.

"Park and Recreation has to address this, and once they come up with a plan, they can bring it to us," Chairman Paul Willard said.

"We don't really have a say in who uses the space," Allard said.

The Conservation Commission will meet again on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.