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Select Board Identifies Next Steps on Wing Island, Local Comprehensive Plan, and Drummer Boy Park

At their regular meeting on December 19, 2022, the Select Board decided on next steps regarding several Town initiatives, following the results of the November 2022 Special Town Meeting.  

The Select Board reaffirmed their commitment to bring an article to Town Meeting in May 2023 regarding Wing Island access.  The Board also confirmed that the Town will host a second public forum on Wing Island in late January 2023, consistent with earlier plans to provide residents with additional information.  Community feedback at this session will help inform the article that will be brought to the voters at Town Meeting this spring. 

The Select Board also strongly endorsed developing a conservation restriction for Wing Island.  Although the surrounding marsh enjoys the protections afforded by a conservation restriction, the island currently does not.  The Select Board unanimously supported bringing an article to Town Meeting this spring that would specify how the natural resources of the island would be protected in perpetuity, independent of how the island is accessed in the future.  Information about a potential restriction will be provided at the public forum in January as well.

While the Select Board is engaging the community to decide on future access to Wing Island, the Town will generally refrain from taking further action on the Local Comprehensive Plan (LCP).  Once a decision on Wing Island access has been made, the Vision Planning Committee will consider appropriate adjustments to the LCP before bringing this critical long-range strategic planning document back to the Brewster voters for their consideration.  This would likely occur at the Special Town Meeting in Fall 2023 at the earliest.   

The Town has also temporarily suspended plans to advance design on Drummer Boy Park Phase I improvements at this time.  The Town will make several minor safety improvements to the playground area in the coming months, unrelated to any long-term upgrades identified in the Park’s 2021 Master Plan.