About Our Cause

A group of concerned citizens from towns surrounding the Ipswich River watershed have formed an organization to investigate environmental risks and community impact associated with a proposed apartment complex development at 20 Elm Street in  North Reading.  This development, if built as proposed, would include 5 five story buildings, with 200 multi-bedroom apartment units and parking for each unit, on the banks of the vital and protected Ipswich River. The area is not close to public transportation.  The area is not walkable.  The area has no public sewer system and requires a wastewater treatment plant to be privately run. The contamination risk to the Ipswich River and drinking water source for 330,000 downstream residents of 15 communities is at extremely high as past experience has taught us.  The influx of cars on Rt. 62, a road that cannot support hundreds of additional cars, is a hazard.This is just the tip of the public safety and environmental concern iceberg.  Join us in opposing this egregious 40B proposal and help us defend our community and our environment .

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Calendar of Events

Meet & Greet with Vincenzo Stuto, Candidate for North Reading Select Board
Thursday Feb 27th 5pm-8pm, China Cuisine
all are welcome to stop by for a bite to eat, some conversation and to support Vincenzo Stuto.
St. Patrick's Day Matching Challenge Fundraiser
Through March 17th, 2020
any donation through March 17th will be matched by an anonymous DIRC supporter. Make your donations by the 17th.  
North Reading Town Wide Yard Sale
Saturday May 2, 2020, 3 Hayward Farms Lane.
 In the coming weeks, DIRC will be collecting donated items to sell during NR town wide yard sale day.  All profits will go directly to DIRC opposition efforts.
DIRC Golf Tournament

Monday June 15th, 2020, Thompson Country Club

DIRC will be hosting a Golf Tournament Fundraiser this spring!  Check back for more details in the coming weeks!


Help Support Us

We need your financial support to properly defend the Ipswich River Watershed and the 15 downstream communities against the 20 Elm Street, North Reading development.  Funds raised will allow us to retain top notch 40B attorneys and field expert consultants to produce meaningful

information that support our claims (environment,

traffic, public safety, density, etc.) during the Zoning

Board of Appeals Committee hearings, the Safe Harbor HAC hearings and every other complex step that we may be faced with along the road of 40B.  With your

help, this project can be prevented from happening!


By check via mail to:

Defend Ipswich River Communities

P.O. Box 695

North Reading, MA 01864


Current News and Info

Newsletter Archive

June 24th 2019 Newsletter #2

See a copy of the June 24th Newsletter by clicking HERE

August 5th 2019 Newsletter #5

See a copy of the July 22th Newsletter by clicking HERE

July 8th 2019 Newsletter #3

See a copy of the July 8th Newsletter by clicking HERE

July 22nd 2019 Newsletter #4

See a copy of the July 22th Newsletter by clicking HERE

Aug. 19, 2019 Newsletter

See a copy of the Aug. 19 DIRC newsletter by clicking here

August 8th ZBA Meeting Roundup

See a copy of the Aug 8th ZBA Meeting summary by clicking HERE

Letter to ZBA from DIRC Attorney

Click here to see the Aug. 8 letter to the North Reading ZBA from Attorney Dan Hill explaining why this project should be denied. 

ZBA Public Hearing, Aug. 8, 2019

Click here to see DIRC's Attorney Dan Hill present key concerns to the ZBA at the public hearing on Aug. 8. 

ZBA Aug. 22 Hearing; Safe Harbor Invoked

See a wrap up of the Safe Harbor declaration by ZBA at the continued Aug. 22 hearing. Click here to see the town's presentation at this hearing showing the statistics that support the Safe Harbor declaration.

Sept. 3 Newsletter

Read about DIRC's successful fundraiser, adding $12,000 to our coffers for legal and other expert counsel to oppose the 20 Elm project. Learn about what "Safe Harbor" means and how a town can meet the criteria that provides the basis to decline the project.

Sept. 10 Safe Harbor Appeal Update

See a copy of Safe Harbor appeal news HERE.

Sept. 19 Don't Be Conned by Yebba

Learn why it's critical to attend Town Meeting Oct. 7 and why Developer Nick Yebba's ad is an insult to North Reading voters. Click HERE.

Sept. 27 Bring Friends to Town Meeting/ORAD Appeal

Increase turnout at Town Meeting by bringing your Friends. A YES vote on Article 7 allows the town to defend against the developer's appeal of the state's 40B calculation showing North Reading meets 40 requirements. Read more here.

Oct. 9 Town Meeting Success/ZBA Appeal Meeting Oct. 10

Oct. 7 Town Meeting overwhelmingly approved $125,000 in funding for a legal appeal to the DHCD decision against North Reading's Safe Harbor declaration. The ZBA will meet Oct. 10 to make the decision on whether to initiate the appeal now that funding is available. Read more here.