Cowls/AMP Energy Solar Project ANRADs

What's an ANRAD?  The Abbreviated Notice of Resource Area Delineation (ANRAD) is used to determine wetland boundaries on a parcel of land.  The Commission’s role in the ANRAD is to confirm the accuracy of the mapped wetland boundaries and the associated buffer zones. 

ANRADs are not specific to particular projects. Potential development projects will not be discussed during these Public Hearings. If specific projects are proposed in the future, they will be reviewed as part of a Planning Board Special Permit Hearing.  At that time, there will be opportunities for public comment. 

ANRADs on Baker Road, Carver Road, Pratt Corner East, Pratt Corner West, Leverett West, and Pratt South

In early January 2020, TRC submitted to the Shutesbury Conservation Commission Abbreviated Notices of Resource Area Delineation (ANRAD) for four Cowls-owned parcels.  The parcels are located on Baker Road, Montague/Carver Road and two on Pratt Corner Road (East and West).  At the initial public hearings on January 9, 2020, the Commission continued (postponed) the four hearings to allow sufficient time for the Commission to hire a consultant wetland scientist to peer review the wetland boundaries flagged on the parcels and mapped in the ANRADs. 

Thus far, our peer-review wetland scientist has completed a document review and has visited all four sites with a TRC representative and a Conservation Commissioner.  These visits lasted between five and seven hours.  At all four sites, the wetland boundaries were expanded.  TRC has reflagged and remapped the wetlands, and our peer-review wetland scientist has visited each site again to confirm the new boundaries.  When the peer review process is complete and the ANRADs have been revised to include the new wetland boundaries, the updated versions will be posted on this website.  TRC is now providing final documents for these 4 ANRADs. The applicant has requested that the area under review for Carver Road site be increased. This additional area will undergo the peer-review process.

In October 2020, TRC submitted 2 additional ANRADs.  The parcels are located on Pratt Corner Road South and Leverett Road West. Public hearings for these two new locations were opened on November 12. They are going through the peer-review process described above.

In October 2021, TRC resubmitted the Montague/Carver ANRAD due to quorum issues stemming from the extended length of time since the Public Hearing was opened in January 2020.  The resubmitted ANRAD includes an expanded area located on the south side of Carver Road. 

The 6 ANRADs are posted below. As the final documents for each ANRAD are received from TRC, they will also be posted below.

If you have questions about the ANRAD process that are not answered here, please contact the Commission either by phone (413-259-3792) or email (concom@shutesbury.org). 

Updates on Solar Project ANRAD Public Hearings:

Until the ANRAD review process is complete, the hearings will be continued (postponed). Once all information has been received, the applicant will resend abutter notices.  Below are the current dates for the ANRAD public hearings:

  • Public Hearing for resubmitted ANRAD at ZD-37 (Montague/Carver)
    Hearing continued to December 9, 2021 at 7:30 pm.  Original ANRAD withdrawn
    New ANRAD submitted October 2021 that includes expanded area
    Public Hearing opened on October 14, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.
     

  • Public Hearing for ANRAD at ZU-2 (Pratt South)
    opened on November 12, 2020 at 7:20 pm
    Public Hearing closed on October 14, 2021
     

  • Public Hearing for ANRAD at ZW-6 (Pratt Corner Road West)
    Public Hearing closed on January 14, 2021 - Order of Resource Area Delineation has been issued.
     

  • Public Hearing for ANRAD at ZG-2 (Pratt Corner Road East)
    Public Hearing closed on November 12, 2020 - Order of Resource Area Delineation has been issued.
     

  • Public Hearing for ANRAD at ZQ-6 (Baker/West Pelham)
    Public Hearing closed on March 11, 2021 - Order of Resource Area Delineation has been issued.
     

  • Public Hearing for ANRAD at ZF-15 (Leverett West)
    opened on November 12, 2020 at 7:10 pm
    Public Hearing closed on April 22, 2021- Order of Resource Area Delineation has been issued.
     

Links to Cowls ANRAD and peer review comments posted below

Montague-Carver Road

Baker Road

Pratt Corner Road East

Pratt Corner Road West

Pratt Corner Road South

Leverett Road West

 

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