Friends of Arlington's Great Meadows (in Lexington) - FoAGM

FoAGM Legal Team Plan (4/22/02)

Legal Team Members

Scott Kirschner, David White, Nathaniel Stevens, Eileen Entin, Don Miller, David Johnson (State Senator Susan Fargo), Additional People TBD

Short-term Tasks (0 – 6 months)

Priority

Task

People Responsible

1

Determine the legal status of the area

Team

2

Identify legal and special constraints to land use

Team

3

Presentation for decision makers

Scott

4

Determine Lexington legal and zoning easement

Eileen

5

Identify Lexington positions.  Have discussion with town planner

Eileen

6

Obtain and review Lexington open space plan for GM

Eileen

7

Meeting with John Maher, Town Manager

Nathaniel to arrange, Scott and Don to attend & present

8

Determine legal issues for towns concerning placing signs in and around GM

Eileen (Lexington), Don (Arlington)

9

Review content of any signs

Team

10

Begin Q&A document concerning GM and FoAGM (i.e., What would a developer need to do to build?  What would happen if the property were transferred to Lexington?  What is the group’s mission?)

Don

Medium-term Tasks (6 - 12 months)

Priority

Task

People Responsible

1

Meet with Arlington Selectmen.  Determine Town of Arlington ownership and position of decision makers regarding the property. 

David & Nathaniel coordinate; Scott and Don participate & present

2

Identify adjacent property owners

David

3

Begin getting schools involved in lobbying initiative

 

4

Respond to issues raised by decision makers

Team

Long-term Tasks (Greater than 12 months) 

Priority

Task

People Responsible

1

Protection of the area with goal of having a decision made at the 2003 Arlington Town Meeting

Team – Scott, Don and Nathaniel primarily

 


Tasks Organized by Type

The following list organizes all of the Legal Team tasks shown above into related activities, so that we have an overview all of the things that we want to accomplish in a particular area:

Status

  1. Identify regulatory, codified and other written constraints regarding GM and FoAGM
  2. Document current status thoroughly

Signage

  1. Provide legal oversight and direction regarding signage
  2. Document process (if any) for approvals

Protection

  1. Slowly and methodically discuss GM with decision makers in Arlington and Lexington to assess their positions
  2. Lobby decision makers to legislate protective measures
  3. Aim towards 2003 Town Meeting agenda item protecting the area

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