Planning Board responded to preliminary presentation from 12/4/13
About the only surprise in this official Planning Board response to Landmark Properties proposal for the Retreat student enclave in North Amherst is the demand the roads throughout the complex be "public" rather than private.
Although they seem to waffle a bit with the wordy "It is the Planning Board's preference that .. " intro, so maybe demand is not quite the correct word.
If the roads are private then that lessens the workload of the DPW and Police Department (but certainly not the already understaffed Fire Department). And with the recent Mutual Aid Agreement Court decision killing joint patrols between APD and UMPD, I can see where having a private security force oversee the facility is a benefit to taxpayers.
Especially since the on-the-tax-rolls development will pay around $400,000 in annual property taxes; so the less services they use up in overhead the larger the net gain to the town treasury.
But much was made at the public hearing about the safety of roads that are not up to "public" standards (Walmart vs Neiman Marcus). And the clientele using them will be somewhat the novice drivers.
So it looks as though that could be a deal breaker. Your move Landmark.