Highway department relocation, lot sales recommended for Temple town lands after yearlong study

  • The Temple Village Green Committee beautifies Temple's public green spaces. Sept. 15, 2020. Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/4/2021 4:36:19 PM

Should Temple be doing something different with its town lands? The town’s advisory committee shared the results of their 2020 analysis, and now it’s in the Select Board’s hands to decide what to do with the information, according to Land Use Research Committee chair Tim Fiske.

Temple approved a Land Use Research Committee at the 2020 Town Meeting to research town land, determine its suitability for various uses, and to make recommendations on how that land should be managed throughout the year. The committee posted its recommendations on Dec. 17.

Recommendations include moving the town’s Highway Department buildings from the center of town in order to provide a safe parking area for downtown activities, which would in turn “encourage a healthy and vibrant Town center” and facilitate more use of the downtown area and public buildings. The committee recommended that the Highway Department buildings be moved to the Holt Land on Route 45 or an adjacent segment of the Skladany land, set back from the road. Their report cites the pros and cons of each option.

The report also recommends performing lot line adjustments on four  parcels across Route 45 from the Chris Weston conservation land, preserving public access to existing trails via a town-owned trailhead while selling off parts of the approximately 16 acres for two developable lots. “This trail connection is supported by the Temple Conservation Commission,” the report read. The committee also suggested pursuing a conservation easement for the V-shaped field bound by Hadley Highway and Route 45, offering the state an opportunity to purchase a half acre lot adjacent to the  DOT sheds on Route 101, and retaining the 18.5 acre lot next to the elementary school for future housing or other uses.

“This was our recommendation to the selectmen,” Fiske said on Saturday, and the first thing they’d need to determine is whether townspeople want to make any changes at all. If so, the committee outlined cost estimates for the survey and engineering work associated with their recommendations.

Fiske said he wasn’t aware of whether a discussion had been scheduled for an upcoming Select Board meeting, and Select Board Chair Bill Ezell could not be immediately reached for comment.


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