In early 2017, a developer reached out to the Towns of Acton and Maynard to discuss the development of a 254-unit apartment complex on land that straddles the town lines. It has been named Powder Mill Place (PMP). Representatives from various town offices from each community attended a public information session where the project was described. Acton and Maynard officials were asked about providing water and sewer. Maynard made it clear they were unable to commit to providing water. Acton’s Water District representative indicated it was their board of the district’s decision.
Subsequently, the developer met separately with representatives from each town to understand local concerns and answer questions. For Maynard’s part, there were concerns about traffic, project scale, school impacts, and our sewer system capacity, particularly the collection pipes that carry waste water to the treatment plant.
The developer commissioned a traffic study, a sewer analysis, and the developer paid for a financial impact analysis.
In July of 2018, the developer made a formal application, called a Local Initiative Program (LIP), to develop the project. The LIP was provided to each community and requires both communities to provide letters of endorsement for the application before the project can proceed. The developer also provided a draft ‘Memorandum of Agreement’ offering that includes financial gifts to offset the costs of the impact the project may bring. For one example, adding sidewalks along Powder Mill Road.
Currently, both communities are considering the LIP details and Maynard has scheduled a public meeting on September 17th to gather public input and to answer questions from community members.
The LIP, the studies, and other related documents are available on the town’s website at: https://www.townofmaynard-ma.gov/projects/powder-mill-place/