Protect our Farm from Adjacent Development

Protect our Farm from Adjacent Development

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Lisa Evans started this petition to City of Boston Zoning Board of Appeals

Unfortunately, a private developer has proposed to build three large 35 foot tall single family houses on the single family lot at 15 Norton Street, where there is an existing small green colored house that would get demolished. The Project requires a variance and thus a Zoning Board of Appeals review. The proposed project abuts We Grow Microgreens, LLC’s farm on the backside. Lisa and Tim, the owners of the Farm, are very committed to making the Farm a success, and when 19 Norton Street went for sale and was at risk of being developed, they purchased it to protect it from development. They are now abutters on two sides of the proposed project. The Shadow Study report clearly demonstrates that shadows will be cast on the farm and the yard of 19 Norton Street thus making it exceedingly difficult to grow vegetables. Growing vegetables is the purpose of the farm.

In addition, taking single family housing lots and turning them into lots for three houses is a bad pattern to set in the City. Density of housing in a neighborhood can affect house values and the tranquility of neighborhood.

The Shadow Study consultant’s report shows the number of hours that the three houses will cast shadows on the farm during the different seasons of the year. The farm needs sun to exist. These new houses will also take away from the bucolic feel of the farm, the Community Preservation Act community walking path, the State Park and the Neighborhood. It was the low density of housing in the neighborhood and the adjacent State park that made the farm possible because there were few obstructions to the sun.

Significant financial investment by the City, the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture have been made in the Farm. Additionally, youth employees and volunteer efforts from neighbors are helping to build the farm. It would be illogical to allow the proposed development to proceed after this amount of investments have been made.

Turning single family housing lots into lots with three houses on them is a very bad precedent. By increasing density, the character of an entire neighborhoods will be changed. Please help stop this precedent in Hyde Park, so it will not continue to happen all over the City.

The shadow analysis prepared by MIT professor Rafi Segal outlines the condition of shadow on the farm throughout the entire day on the selected days, examining the condition every twenty minutes and clearly shows consistent shadows on the farm. Segal’s report shows the following shadow conditions.

June 21: 1 hour of shadow on farm early morning, of total 14:30 hours of daylight
September 21: 3:40 hour of shadows on the farm, morning and afternoon, of 11:30 hours of daylight.
December 21: 8:35 hours of shadow on the farm, of 8:35 of daylight.
March 21: 3:40 hour of shadows on the farm, morning and afternoon, of 11:30 hours of daylight.

The complete report is on We Grow Microgreens, LLC’s website.

Our website has buttons that link to the Shadow Study and the Site Plan that shows the Corona Virus Food Insecurity grant awarded raised garden beds for growing vegetables that will be particularly affected by the shadows. Our goal is to increase local food resiliency.

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