December 11, 2012 Planning Board Meeting

December 11, 2012 Planning Board Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:13 am

PLANNING BOARD MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2012

A meeting of the Planning Board was held on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. Mr. Marks called the meeting to order at 7:04 PM and announced that the meeting is being recorded and will be available on cable and on the website.

ATTENDANCE
PRESENT: Ernest Marks (Chairman), Eben Chesebrough, Michael Greco, Tracy Sharkey, Robert Werme, Jr., Michael Zwicker, William Cundiff (Town Engineer)
ABSENT: Derek Brown

7:04 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: AMERICAN PRO WIND (SPR-100614) APPLICATION FOR A SITE PLAN REVIEW. LOCATED ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF ROUTE 16 (WEBSTER STREET), ABUTTING THE WEBSTER TOWN LINE. REQUEST FOR A CONTINUANCE TO JANUARY 8, 2013.
Mr. Marks reopened the public hearing. Mr. Marks stated that he had a request from American Pro Wind for a continuance to January 8, 2013.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to continue the public hearing, American Pro Wind, Application for a site plan review to January 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Mr. Chesebrough seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

7:06 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: FUNARI SITE DEVELOPMENT (MOD-120906) APPLICATION FOR A MODIFICATION OF A DEFINITIVE SUBDIVISION PLAN, “WHITIN RESERVOIR ESTATES”, LOCATED OFF DOUGLAS HILL WAY
See below.

7:06 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: FUNARI SITE DEVELOPMENT (FD-120403) APPLICATION FOR A FLEXIBLE DEVELOPMENT SPECIAL PERMIT, “WHITIN RESERVOIR ESTATES”, LOCATED OFF DOUGLAS HILL WAY
Mr. Marks reopened the public hearings. The two meetings ran in parallel. Mr. Steve O’Connell of Andrews Survey & Engineering, Inc. and Lori Funari of Funari Site Development joined the meeting. Since the last meeting, Mr. O’Connell has received review comments from Mr. Cundiff and has responded to them. They went before the Conservation Commission and the Commission voted unanimously to issue an Amended Order of Conditions for the lot reconfiguration and the swale. One change made to the plan was to pitch the pavement at the end of the cul-de-sac to the low point. Other than that, Mr. O’Connell stated that there have been no significant changes to the plans. He has updated the Waiver Request list.
Mr. Cundiff will give a recommendation after he has had a chance to review the November 26, 2012 revised letter. Mr. Cundiff stated that traffic concerns were addressed. His only concern was that there might be too much flow to the first catch basin. He asked Mr. O’Connell to show the flow capacity and grade the entryway properly. Mr. O’Connell did provide that note. A discussion was held.
Ms. Carol Drake, 11 Douglas Hill Way, asked the board to look at protecting the privacy of her property. She asked to know what approvals were made regarding her property. A major factor was the offsetting of the road. Mr. Cundiff suggested working off the old subdivision decision, reviewing it relative to the submittal and then see what conditions are appropriate. A discussion was held.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to continue the Public Hearings: Funari Site Development, Application for a Modification of a Definitive Subdivision Plan, “Whitin Reservoir Estates” Located Off Douglas Hill Way and Funari Site Development, Application for a Flexible Development Special Permit, “Whitin Reservoir Estates” Located Off Douglas Hill Way to January 8, 2013, at 8:00 PM. Mr. Chesebrough seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

7:35 PM PUBLIC HEARING: GUARANTEED BUILDERS, INC. (SPR-121119), APPLICATION FOR A SITE PLAN REVIEW, 10 RIEDELL ROAD.
Ms. Sharkey recused herself. Mr. Marks opened the public hearing. Mr. Bill Pybas of Guaranteed Builders and Mr. Callahan of Hawk Consulting, Inc. joined the meeting. The applicant is proposing an addition to an existing building at 10 Riedell Road. A discussion was held.
Mr. Albert Thornton, 60 Main Street, stated that Martha Buxton owns the deed to the right of way and no one has a right on the driveway except the Town of Douglas. Mr. Pybas explained that the access to the parking spaces would be on the other side of the building, off Riedell Road. Mr. Cundiff asked Mr. Thornton to share his letter from town counsel regarding the right of way, and he will put together a packet for town counsel’s input. Mr. Pybas read the Quitclaim Deed and will submit a copy for that packet. The board asked Mr. Pybas to clearly show the egress/ingress on the site plan.
Mr. Thornton asked for a marker to be placed along the property line. Mr. Pybas stated that they would lay the building out on the property so that Mr. Thornton could see.
Mr. Werme made a motion to continue the Public Hearing: Guaranteed Builders Inc., Application for a Site Plan Review, 10 Riedell Road to January 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

8:04 PM PUBLIC HEARING: NEXTSUN ENERGY DOUGLAS, LLC (SPR-121120), APPLICATION FOR A SITE PLAN REVIEW, 436-440 NORTHEAST MAIN STREET.
Ms. Sharkey rejoined the meeting. Mr. Marks opened the public hearing. Mr. Steve O’Connell of Andrews Survey & Engineering, Inc., Jake Laskin and other representatives from NextSun joined the meeting. The applicant is seeking approval to construct a solar electric generating facility. Mr. O’Connell presented the rendered plan that was submitted with the original application. He stated that construction would take about four months after which, there would be almost no impact on traffic.
Mr. Cundiff spoke about the drainage on the site. Mr. Cundiff asked for a narrative on how the construction vehicles would be entering and exiting the site and their hours of operation. Mr. Cundiff also needs an estimate of the construction cost.
Mr. Laskin said they have escrow account set up with the landowner to decommission the panels.
Mr. Matthew Brooks, 17 Charles Street, asked how close the panels would be to houses on Charles Street and the wetlands. Mr. O’Connell stated that they are at least 100’ from the edge of the river and 400’-500’ from the houses.
Mr. Daryll Massey, 15 Charles Street asked about the hours of operation. Mr. Laskin feels they will be Monday – Friday 9-5pm, maybe a few Saturdays. Mr. Cundiff stated that usually projects are authorized from 7am-7pm. Mr. O’Connell stated that Charles Street would most likely not be utilized for construction vehicles. Mr. Massey also asked about protection for the wetlands and how the town would benefit from the project.
Mr. Ed Dearborn, 431 NE Main Street asked questions about voltage and how many homes this facility could supply.
Mr. Tom Devlin, 417 NE Main Street, asked how the construction equipment would be entering the site. Mr. Marks stated that the applicant would have to work out the traffic patterns. Mr. Chesebrough suggested mapping out primary and secondary routes.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to continue the Public Hearing: NextSun Energy Douglas, LLC Application for Site Plan Review to January 8, 2013 at 7:15 PM. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

9:00PM ANR PLAN/LOT FRONTAGE EXEMPTION: TRAVIS & ERICA BROWN, 28 WALLIS STREET.
Mr. Travis Brown joined the meeting and presented plans regarding an encroaching neighbor. He has consulted with his neighbor and has come to an agreement on a piece of land that he would be willing to transfer to the neighbor.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to endorse the ANR Plan and Lot Frontage Exemption: Travis & Erica Brown, 28 Wallis Street. Mr. Chesebrough seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

9:12 PM ANR PLAN/LOT FRONTAGE EXEMPTION: NATURE VIEW ESTATES, CRESCENT LANE & SOUTHEAST MAIN STREET.
Ms. Sharkey recused herself. Mr. Norman Gamache of Guerriere & Halnon, Inc. joined the meeting to present the plan. One of the lots has frontage on Southeast Main Street that they are proposing to access with a common driveway off the end of Crescent Lane. The plans had been submitted in June, but were withdrawn because Crescent Lane was not yet a public way. The issue is the wording of the bylaw. Town counsel thought the meaning of the bylaw was that the roadway would have to be a public way at the time the bylaw was accepted. A discussion was held.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to endorse the ANR Plan for three lots and endorse the Lot Frontage Exemption: Nature View Estates, Crescent Lane & Southeast Main Street. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

DISCUSSION
1. Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension: Gerald Jackman, 7 Mechanic Street. Mr. Cundiff stated that there is a minor tax issue with this extension. Nothing else has changed.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to renew the Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension: Gerald Jackman, 7 Mechanic Street. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

MINUTES: October 30, 2012.
Approval of the October 30, 2012 Planning Board meeting minutes was postponed to the next meeting.

OPEN SESSION
Mr. Cundiff received an email from a neighbor complaining about the hours of operation at Stone Gate Estates. Mr. Cundiff stated that Kevin Rafferty was gracious about the issue.

SIGN
1. Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension: Gerald Jackman, 7 Mechanic Street.
2. Voucher.

9:43 PM ADJOURNMENT
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:43 PM. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
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