In answer to reader Tom’s comment and query about the Callahan land and its relation to the Smith property (response to Hi.), below is an assessor’s map colored to identify the abutters at the back of the Smith property. There are three landlocked backlots that touch the Smith property: 12 acres owned by Applerock Realty Trust; 76 acres owned by Jeremiah P. Callahan of Clinton; and 8.7 acres owned by the First Parish Church of Bolton.
For those who missed the July 8 Selectmen’s meeting, here is some further background. The Bolton Crossing developers were questioned in the meeting about a roadway shown extending off the top of their site plan drawing (detail at right) into what appears to be property owned by the First Parish Church. They said that the drawing was in error. Later, developer Drugge admitted that there was, in fact, an existing easement through Smith land to Callahan land, but he did not indicate whether that easement was related to the roadway shown in error on the drawing. This created unease among some in the room because a cooperative owner of the Smith parcel could, it would seem, confer considerable development potential upon portions of the privately owned backlot forests north of Main Street, simply by providing access.