Barnstable Land Trust & Barnstable Housing Authority Work Together to Save Land

4.82 Acres in Centerville – March 22, 2013

In a classic public/private partnership, Barnstable Land Trust (BLT) and the Barnstable Housing Authority (BHA) collaborated on an effort to protect land in the Three Ponds area of Centerville. The land was part of a larger 6.94-acre parcel where 12 affordable multi-family rental units have been approved by the Town. As part of the permitting agreement “Stage Coach Residences” was allowed to cluster development on a little over two acres. The northern 4.82 acres (accessed off Oak Street) was required to be protected. Although the land remains under the ownership of BHA, it is now dedicated to open space/natural resource protection and is permanently protected by a conservation restriction held by BLT.

This marks the first time BLT has partnered with the Housing Authority. It made sense for BLT to participate in the permanent protection of this parcel since it falls within the Town’s Resource Protection Overlay District, which helps protect the Three Ponds area that feeds Lake Wequaquet and the saltwater estuaries farther south. Most of the land is identified as Priority or Estimated Habitat for endangered species, specifically the Eastern Box Turtle.

To learn more: Resources, Spring 2013