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AD Makepeace TMUD development violates MEPA environmental review law

State law designed to ensure big developments minimize, mitigate damage to the environment

Makepeace’s 2007 “TMUD” plan to develop 6,500 acres in Plymouth, Carver & Wareham required MEPA review

Instead of smart growth and conservation as promised, Makepeace doing industrial sand mining and large solar

Makepeace sells land to the state instead of donating it as required

Our state “Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act” (MEPA) law is supposed to help minimize and mitigate  “Damage to the Environment” from big development projects.

In the early 2000s, seeking a more profitable business model AD Makepeace, the largest landowner in Eastern Massachusetts, announced it would develop its approximately 6,500 acres of land it owns in Southeastern Mass, primarily Plymouth, Carver and Wareham.

Makepeace called this its “Tihonet Mixed Use Development” or “TMUD” project.

In 2007, under MEPA Makepeace negotiated a “Special Review Procedure” for the TMUD project — environmental review “light”. In exchange, Makepeace promised to put land in conservation, develop the rest of the land as a model of “smart growth and open space” and include the public in the process with quarterly meetings. It has reneged on it all. The plan is for a 20 to 30 year “build out” of the 6,500 acres.

The TMUD area is shown on the map below:

AD Makepeace “Tihonet Mixed Use Development” (TMUD) area, 2007.

TMUD in 2021: Industrial sand and gravel mining, large industrial ground mounted solar installations
Source: Google Earth Pro, Oct. 2021

Fifteen years later, in 2022, the TMUC Today, it is a blighted, strip mined industrial landscape of mining operations and industrial ground mounted solar projects — not “smart growth” and “open space.”

Makepeace hasn’t donated land to conservation — the company sold it to the state — taxpayers bough it from Makepeace. This was not the deal.