Plymouth: Planning board green-lights new Pinehills development amid some neighbor concerns

The Plymouth Planning Board has given the green light to the first residential development by the Pinehills that will abut a neighborhood that isn’t a part of the Pinehills community. And some of the future neighbors are not happy.

The Pinehills community now consists of over 1,600 homes in development for a decade. The vast majority of the homes —about a thousand—are located on the north side of Clark Road. The new neighborhood—south of Clark Road— and next door to Clark Estates, will ultimately consist of 82 homes on ten acres of land.

At their meeting this week, the Planning Board approved the first stage of the development, according to John Judge, President of Pinehills, LLC:

“The Board tonight approved the roads which will constitute the new neighborhood, and they also approved the first three single family homes and the first eight attached single family homes.”

A handful of Clark Estates residents told the Board of their concerns—a major one being fear of increased traffic on Clark Road. Katie Kearney lives in Clark Estates:

“You read every week that there’s accidents on Clark Road. So you have the dump, you have the many school buses—and you have an area that’s becoming more and more populated. Now they’re talking about a hotel, now this new development, Clark Road is becoming a very dangerous road.”

The Board did not agree, pointing to regularly scheduled state and town traffic studies that claim no unusual increase in traffic in the area.

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About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.