Preservation of the Pond Road Hillside

There has been a discussion regarding the preservation of Pond Road and how the 200 Pond Road project would conserve the wooded hillside along the road. Ensuring that the hillside is preserved has been a top priority for the project and, as a result, we have developed a comprehensive conservation plan to place up to 4.6+/- acres of land on the parcel (including the vast majority of the hillside in Wellesley) into conservation restriction. Included below—in addition to our conservation site plan showing in shaded colors the areas to be conserved—are a series of preliminary renderings showing what the hillside would look like before and after the development of the Assisted Living and Memory Care community. The photos on which these renderings were done are from the Winter of 2023, showing a view of the building without any foliage cover. As seen in these renderings (developed prior to any architectural design, which would come post-zoning), the proposed building is tucked back on the current estate and the hillside along the scenic road is preserved.

Current Proposed Development

Blue/Green Shaded Areas Represent New Conservation Land
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Before Proposed Development - Winter 2023 - View 1
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Summer View
After Proposed Development - Winter - View 1
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Before Proposed Development - Winter 2023 - View 2
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Summer View
After Proposed Development - Winter (Includes Proposed Landscaping) - View 2
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Before Proposed Development - Winter 2023 - View 3
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Summer View
After Proposed Development - Winter (Includes Proposed Landscaping) - View 3
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Before Proposed Development - Winter 2023 - View 4
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Summer View
After Proposed Development - Winter (Includes Proposed Landscaping) - View 4
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Alternative Development - If the Proposed Zoning Amendment Does Not Pass At Town Meeting

During our discussions with the members of both towns’ commissions responsible for conservation, we were asked what the area might look like should this project’s zoning and its associated conservation restrictions not pass at Town Meeting. As a result of these discussions, we developed an alternative site plan showing what a likely development of the parcel would look like in the absence of the conservation restrictions. This site plan, visible below, shows the creation of two Approval Not Required (ANR) (by-right development) homes on the Wellesley portion of the parcel directly along Pond Road as well as a cluster development of homes on the Natick portion of the parcel.

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These alternative site plans stand in stark contrast to the conservation plan of the proposed Assisted Living and Memory Care community (shown at top of page). Alternative development would involve the construction of two to three large homes directly along Pond Road requiring large-scale removal of trees and other vegetation to accommodate the new homes in Wellesley. The changes to the Pond Road hillside from the construction of new single family houses can be clearly seen in the recent development of the two similar homes along Pond Road.

Included below are before and after pictures of the impact of such new homes to the wooded area directly along Pond Road:

Before Development - Fall 2012 - House 1
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After Development - Summer 2023 - House 1
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Before Development - Fall 2012 - House 2
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After Development - Summer 2023 - House 2
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Satellite views of the road before and after the development of these two new homes further show the impact that such new homes have on the area surrounding Pond Road. In the case of the alternative development plan with two additional homes on Pond Road, these impacts would be amplified.

Before Development - 2021 - Pond Road Aerial
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After 192-196 Pond Road Development - 2022 - Pond Road Aerial
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