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This is in keeping with the intent of Colchester’s Rural Future Land Use area. The 2018 Comprehensive Plan for the Town of Milton recognizes the need for multi-use paths and connections within Milton, and it is hoped that the on-going efforts of the Long Range Access and Mobility Committee will eventually look to linkages with adjacent municipalities. Colchester has designated path corridors in accordance with the Alternative Transportation Plan developed by the CCRPC, which include linkages to Milton within the Exit 17 vicinity. Colchester will continue to participate in regional dialogues to link its proposed pedestrian and bicycle corridors to adjacent communities.

WESTFORD Westford abuts Colchester at its most northeastern corner. The area that abuts Colchester is designated as Agricultural, Forestry, and Residential I (ten acre minimum lot size) in Westford’s 2015 Town Plan. This area is very similar to Colchester’s Rural Future Land Use area (25 acre minimum lot size), which it abuts. Both districts promote agricultural uses and are appropriate for low-density residential development. The area of Colchester that abuts Westford lacks public infrastructure including roads and trails.

ESSEX TOWN Colchester is bounded on the east by the Town of Essex. The area ranges from the Rural areas of Colchester’s Northeast Quadrant to Village-designated areas along Routes 2A and 15 to Suburban Residential along Severance Road and a small portion of Commercial Industrial along the rail corridor. The majority of the lands

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bordering Colchester are designated as Conservation, Agricultural/ Residential, Industrial, and Open Recreation in Essex. This area, north of Route 2A and south of the Westford border, includes the natural area of Indian Brook Reservoir. On the Colchester side of the boundary, this area is designated as Rural and includes the Colchester Pond Natural Area. The designations are compatible, as both seek to maintain low densities that are appropriate for the stewardship of the natural areas within this vicinity. The presence of the Open Recreation and Conservation areas in Essex and the Colchester Pond area provide an opportunity to facilitate primitive path connections and environmental stewardship within the greater area. Within the vicinity of Route 2A south to the Fort, Essex has designated land as medium-density residential and industrial. The medium-density residential abuts Rural-designated lands within Colchester. The mediumdensity residential area is a small pocket of land that is not likely to have an adverse impact on the Rural

lands of Colchester. The majority of the land from Route 2A to the Fort is categorized in Essex as industrial. In Colchester, some of this land is categorized as Commercial/ Industrial, which is compatible with Essex’s industrial classification. The remainder of the land is either Village or Rural in previous plans. Colchester’s Village designation includes light Commercial and Residential, which may conflict with more heavy industrial uses. The lands south of the Village and north of the proposed Circumferential Highway right-of-way are classified as Rural, which conflicts with Essex’s industrial classification. South of the Circ, Colchester has designated the land abutting Essex as Suburban Residential along Severance Road, as in previous plans. As this road transitions to Kellogg Road in Essex, it is designated as Industrial. The Residential and Industrial within this area are mostly preexisting and do not generate substantial conflict at this time. As Essex looks to build out its industrial area, Colchester should continue its dialogue with the Town, to minimize potential impacts

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Town of Colchester's 2019 Town Plan  

The Town of Colchester's 2019 Town Plan is the long-term (20+ year) plan for the community that, while primarily focusing on land use, provi...

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