FAQ - Economic and Security Considerations of the Recreational Path

How will the path affect property values of abutters?

Towns which have similar paths report an increase in property values along and near to the trail. Real Estate agents report that many homeowners are desirous of proximity to recreational paths because of increased convenience for transportation and accessibility to safe family recreation.

Will the path affect general property values within the town of Georgetown?

The path will be a definite asset to the town that will increase the quality of life. It is expected that the path will have an overall positive impact on property values.

Does the path increase security risks?

It has been found that shared use paths can improve security to an area because they bring a community presence and vigilance to an otherwise vacant area. Georgetown’s current Police Chief has experience monitoring a large urban rail trail and is committed to assessing security needs as the project progresses. For further information please refer to the Police Chief link at the top of the Recreational Path Committee page on the Town of Georgetown website.

How will the path address safety concerns?

The intended surface of paved asphalt will be a safe surface and will minimize the likelihood of injury for all wheeled vehicles and foot traffic. Proper fencing to protect sensitive areas from path users and protect users from sensitive or dangerous areas will be erected. In addition, the Georgetown Police Department will make regular and random patrols of the path.

What will be done to protect abutters against litter?

The litter policy will be “carry in and carry out” along the trail. Users will be expected to leave no trace.

How will abutter privacy be impacted?

If warranted, abutters in close proximity to the path may seek privacy mitigation through screening, fencing and plantings.

How much will this cost?

The estimates for design and construction provided by Fay, Spofford, and Thorndike as part of the Feasibility and Conceptual Design Study of July, 2007 are $4400K for construction and $550K for design. These figures include 3% inflation for five years and also a 15% contingency.

How will the path be funded?

Initial expenses are funded by Community Preservation Grants. Design and Construction will be funded by the following possibilities: Federal Earmarks, Federal Transportation Enhancement Funds, Congestion Mitigation Funds, and the State match for these programs. The town needs to acquire the rights to the ROW and successfully complete the 25% design in order to qualify for final design and construction through these funding avenues. Revised July 1, 2008 ER