for Concord Warrant Article #53
adopted by the 1997 Concord Town Meeting
nearly identical articles were passed by Lincoln, Lexington, and
Article #53: To see if
the town will vote to adopt a set of goals regarding the protection of
the community, these goals to be used by the Board of Selectmen, the
Planning Board, and other town officials in dealing with issues relating
to the future use and development of Hanscom Field by the Massachusetts
Port Authority, or take any other action relative
Motion: Move to adopt
a set of goals to support the Board of Selectmen, the Planning Board,
and other town officials in dealing with issues relating to the future
use and development of Hanscom Field by the Massachusetts Port
Authority. These goals being:
To protect the national
historical and cultural heritage of the Hanscom area towns,
recognizing that our towns are unique and of historical, literary, and
To protect the character
and quality of life of Concord.
To limit the increased
noise, ground traffic, and environmental pollution that could result
from land development, expansion of air traffic at Hanscom Field, or
changes in the character and use of the airport.
To protect against
significant financial costs to the town or loss of economic
opportunities for local businesses caused by land development or
expansion of aviation operations at Hanscom Field.
To ensure that Concord is
recognized as a town that is affected by land development at Hanscom
Field, no matter in which community that development takes place, and
is thus subject to the land use policy statement of Massportís
Master Plan for Hanscom Field.
To work towards mitigating
the impact of existing Hanscom related noise and ground traffic
conditions in our area.
To work towards appropriate
binding agreements with Massport which ensure full participation by
the Hanscom area towns in all decisions that result in aviation
expansion, land development, or changes in the character or use of