The Environment | Residence Medfield

The Environment

LCB’s proposal has been fully-investigated by our own scientists, and by scientists engaged by the Town of Medfield to look at all environmental aspects.  Thus far, all parties are in agreement that the appropriate methodologies have been used in assessing potential impacts, and that LCB has followed all state and local regulations in its measures to ensure the protection of all natural resources.

  • Vine Brook  –  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts mandates a 50-foot “no touch” buffer between intermittent streams and proposed developments.  The determination of what makes a stream “intermittent” is trumped by documented photographic evidence showing a stream to be dry for four or more consecutive days in a non-drought year.  Such evidence has been confirmed for Vine Brook from two different years (2009 and 2015), including evidence that was submitted to, and accepted by the Federal Government under penalty of perjury.  Final determination to be made by the Conservation Commission.
  • The Vernal Pool  – LCB is working with the Town and its peer reviewers to determine the precise vernal pool boundaries.  LCB will meet or exceed all state and local setbacks in this regard.
  • Site Density  –  LCB controls approximately 14.7 acres of land between the Tavern site and the Assisted Living community.  Of all that land, approximately 12 acres (81% of the land) will remain in its current state.
  • Ipswich River Watershed Association – LCB shared a highly productive and collaborative relationship with the Ipswich River Watershed Association, which is the next-door neighbor of LCB’s Residence at Riverbend.  Together, LCB and IRWA preserved large areas of environmentally-sensitive land along the Ipswich River, which has drawn widespread praise from Ipswich town leadership and the stewards of its natural environment.

Elimination of the approved 43-car parking lot and lights directly next door to the Peak House (as approved in the previous Tavern proposal) will allow large numbers of mature trees to remain, along with extensive new plantings.