PLYMOUTH, MA-A.D. Makepeace Co. halted its plans to develop a master-planned community on its 6,000-acre parcel that straddles this town, Carver and Wareham. The company withdrew its zoning proposal, claiming on its Web site that the “timing is not right.”

“There wasn’t great shock,” Kenneth Tavares, chairman of the board of selectman, tells “The plan wasn’t something that anyone in the community was excited about and they were certainly being told that in a variety of ways.”

Makepeace’s proposal had involved residential, commercial and retail uses. It was met with fierce local opposition and it seemed clear that at the upcoming town meetings the plan was going to be rejected. The company’s spokesperson did not return calls by presstime, but in a released statement says that while the company “would prefer to pursue a master planned development it is clear that our vision would not be supported at the Town Meeting.”

It is unclear what Makepeace has planned for its land now. In a statement sent to selectmen in the three towns, Makepeace vice president John Drew says, ”Given the towns’ level of unease with our proposed master-planned community and the economic realities facing our industry, the company will reevaluate its options, including the development of its property under existing zoning regulations.” Under current zoning limits, the company could build more than 1,700 homes on its land. Local environmental groups are reportedly still trying to put together an offer to purchase the land. A tri-town task force had been formed to work with Makepeace and that group will most likely continue to negotiate with the company on the towns’ behalf.

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