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Dodson Associates’ recommended plan for Atkins Corner Village (northerly orientation)

The final plan offers many features recognized as smart, sustainable development practices, including:

  • climate-friendly design with buildings laid out to block winter wind and take

advantage of sunlight, and heavy tree planting to provide shade and cleaner air;

  • traffic claming devices such as islands and narrower pavement at strategic points;

  • low-impact stormwater runoff strategies such as bio-swales; and

  • vernacular architecture with many outdoor spaces such as balconies and porches.

.Events Since the Final Plan of 2002. Because the first step in implementing the Atkins Corner plan was to realign the road, the Town sought money from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for the road change. In consultation with transportation engineers, the working group changed the plan of the road slightly so that, instead of a triangular green, Route 116 will meet Bay Road in a pair of “roundabouts.” The Town expects to have work begin on relocating utilities by fall 2006.

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