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Londonderry

July 3, 2014

Conservation officials hear development plans

LONDONDERRY — It’s more than just the site plan and other building details concerning town boards when development comes to town.

It’s also knowing that animal habitats and native florals will be protected once the bulldozers start moving.

The Conservation Commission was the latest town group to hear more details on big projects interested in building in Londonderry.

At a meeting June 24, conservation officials studied more details on the Milton CAT plan for a property off Industrial Drive and also the massive 600,000-square-foot UPS facility proposed for the Pettengill Road area.

Both plans are moving through the town approval process. The UPS project is on a fast track to get approved quickly with a potential opening date of June 2015.

The Milton CAT Caterpillar equipment dealership began in Concord and has grown to 13 locations in six states. A Londonderry location would be its third in the Granite State.

Other New Hampshire facilities are located in Weare and Hopkinton.

Bradlee Farrin, corporate facilities manager for Milton CAT, gave commission members more details of what the company hoped would be a perfect fit for that part of town. That included where, if any, there were valuable animal habitats located that may be impacted by the development.

Farrin said other locations are “tired” and the new designs are attractive and would serve Londonderry well.

With big equipment planned on site, there would have to be many measures in place to ensure that safety. That included making sure there was no spillage of any fluids from stored equipment that is on site waiting for repair.

“We have spillage prevention plans,” Farrin said. “We want to come to town, we want to be good neighbors.”

Milton CAT will have minimal impact on any nearby wetlands and no significant animal species were noted in the area, according to Mark West, a wildlife biologist representing the CAT plan.

West also reported on his findings at the UPS site. Since the building is so large, more property is involved in the building of the facility that may encroach on wetlands or buffer zones.

The plans will continue to move through the town’s approval process in the weeks ahead.

West said he traditionally looks for specific turtle species or plant life. He said he noted only a small amount of one plant,

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