May 22, 2012 Planning Board Meeting

May 22, 2012 Planning Board Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:13 pm

TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012

A meeting of the Planning Board was held on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. Mr. Marks called the meeting to order at 7:07 PM and announced that the meeting is being recorded and will be available on cable and on the website.

PRESENT: Ernest Marks (Chairman), Derek Brown, Eben Chesebrough, Robert Werme, Jr., Michael Zwicker, Tracy Sharkey, Michael Greco (Associate Member), William Cundiff (Town Engineer), Stephen Zisk (Planning/Conservation Agent).
ABSENT: Mark Mungeam

Mr. Marks opened the public hearing. Mr. Bob Sullivan, Water/Sewer Systems Manager joined the meeting and handed out clean copies of the WRPOD, the existing bylaw, the marked-up version, and a summary of what is and is not required by DEP. There were no more discussions on the map. Mr. Sullivan went over the marked-up version of the bylaw. Mr. Sullivan clarified that they are protecting all 11 potential well sites except well site #1. A discussion ensued regarding water testing. Mr. Sullivan reviewed all of the changes.
Section 8.1.5 was written by the attorney. Mr. Chesebrough feels this section is in line with how things work in the Town.
A discussion began regarding Title 5 and VR lots. Mr. Zisk stated that if one feels that Title 5 is adequate, it might be best to leave it silent. That would be something to come back to in the future.
There was a discussion of whether or not having a brush pile is in violation of wetlands regulation.
At 8:00 PM Mr. Marks recessed the continuation of the Public Hearing for twenty minutes to resume at 8:20 PM.
Mr. Sullivan reviewed the rest of the changes to the WRPOD, which were mostly typographical.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to close the Public Hearing, Town of Douglas/Water-Sewer Department: Proposed Amendments to the Water Resource Protection Overlay District (WRPOD). Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion that the Planning Board report favorably to the June 11, 2012 continuation of the Town Meeting, relative to the proposed amendments to the Water Resource Protection Overlay District bylaw. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-5, No-1.
Mr. Sullivan left the meeting.

Ms. Vera Kolias of the Central Mass Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) joined the meeting and gave a presentation on the Blackstone Valley Prioritization Project to identify economic development, preservation and infrastructure priorities. She gave a summary as to how this project came about. During the last week of June, CMRPC will put all information on a GIS map for all communities to see.
Ms. Kolias reviewed the priority areas that were identified. The areas off of Davis and Gilboa Streets were identified as priority development areas. Mr. Zisk suggested continuing the connector road and adding the former gravel pit across the river from Classic Envelope.
The West Side Connector road was identified as an infrastructure priority. The downtown stretch is a priority from a transportation perspective as well as the intersection of Webster, Main and South Streets.
The Trunk Line Trail was identified as a key asset for preservation. Ms. Kolias will touch base with the Open Space Committee and the Conservation Committee.
Ms. Kolias left the meeting.

Mr. Marks opened the public hearing. Mr. Steve O’Connell of Andrews Survey & Engineering, Funari Site Development and co-applicant Lloyd Funari of Funari Site Development, joined the meeting.
Mr. O’Connell has received staff comments prepared by the Community Development Dept. from Mr. Cundiff. Mr. O’Connell prepared a revised submission letter for the project. He presented a table, which outlined how he came up with the quantity of lots. Eight lots were approved for the subdivision, plus one required affordable unit, plus one for a bonus unit for cash contribution, plus two for additional open space above the 40%, plus two additional affordable units, plus two market rate units at a 1:1 ratio for a total of 15 units, as he interprets the bylaw. Mr. Zisk clarified Mr. O’Connell’s interpretation of the bylaw and presented another way to interpret the bylaw, which would equal 12 lots total. The question is, where do the affordables lie? Mr. Cundiff went over the logic of the regulations and stated that the Planning Board needs to make some decisions as to how to interpret the regulations. A discussion was held regarding those regulations.
Mr. Cundiff suggested Town Counsel come to the next meeting with something written for the Board to consider.
Mr. Larry Jeznach, 33 Douglas Hill Way asked the Board to consider that if you put in 15 homes instead of 8, the water pressure may drop.
Peter Olbrys, 38 Douglas Hill Way has also had problems with low water pressure and has the same concerns as Mr. Jeznach. He asked what guaranty do the abutters have if this development affects their wells.
Roy Swenson, 565 North West Main Street, suggested that the overriding number is 4. He had some suggestions as to where confusion in the bylaw starts.
Jeanne McHale, 45 Douglas Hill Way also has well issues. She spoke to a well company about her concerns. She asked the Board to consider that the abutters have many well issues. She asked if they could have city water. Mr. O’Connell stated that he had checked the well regulations and there is nothing that makes any commitments by a landowner to impacts to abutting land. He added that the applicant is exercising the same rights as the applicant that developed Douglas Hill Way.
Gail Swenson, 565 North West Main Street owns the lot immediately downhill from the retaining pond. She is concerned with the amount of water that would run off the roofs of houses in a one-inch rainstorm. She stated that the retaining pond is built for 7 houses, not for 12-15 houses. She is also concerned with nitrogen loading. Mr. Marks stated that whatever calculations have to be done to show that the storm water management is taken care of, that the plan will be presented and the engineer would look at that. A discussion regarding wells, water and abutters’ rights ensued.
Mr. Marks asked for Town Counsel to attend the next meeting and for all the Board members to read the bylaw.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to continue the public hearing, Funari Site Development, Application for a Flexible Development Special Permit “Whitin Reservoir Estates” located off Douglas Hill Way to June 12, 2012 at 7:30 PM. Mr. Werme seconded the motion. Vote-Unanimous.

1. Reorganization:
Mr. Chesebrough nominated Mr. Ernest Marks, Jr. for Chairman of the Planning Board. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote-Unanimous.
Mr. Marks nominated Mr. Eben Chesebrough for Vice Chairman of the Planning Board. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote-Unanimous.
Mr. Marks nominated Tracy Sharkey for CMRPC representative. Mr. Chesebrough seconded the motion. Vote-Unanimous.
2. FOIA Request: Gary Vecchione. Mr. Cundiff asked the Board to send him an email if they have nothing.
3. Reschedule discussion for RC2 zoning: This was deferred to the next meeting.

MINUTES: March 27, 2012, April 10, 2012, April 24, 2012
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to approve the March 27, 2012 Planning Board meeting minutes as amended. Mr. Chesebrough seconded the motion. Vote-Unanimous.
Mr. Brown made a motion to approve the April 10, 2012 Planning Board meeting minutes as amended. Mr. Chesebrough seconded the motion. Vote-Unanimous.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to approve the April 24, 2012 Planning Board meeting minutes as amended. Mr. Werme seconded the motion. Vote-Unanimous.

1. Registry of Deeds form.
2. Definitive Subdivision Plan (Form C-1) Decision: Margaret Bacon, 106 West Street.

Mr. Cundiff has received a few calls from people who live in Deer Crossing. They are concerned about how long it is taking to pave the last course of pavement on Old Farm Road. They asked for the Planning Board to provide some incentive to the developer to put the top course down. Secondly, they raised concerns about street sweeping. Mr. Cundiff is trying to get a hold of the developer to do that or perhaps John Furno can do it. Mr. Marks mentioned that the person who had the contract does not do it anymore. A sweeper was rented, however Mr. Marks is unsure as to how much sweeping will be able to get done.
Mr. Cundiff stated that, assuming all is in order at the June 5, 2012 layout hearing, Smith Hill Estates will be on the June 11, 2012 Town Meeting.
Mr. Zisk stated that Ross Smith raised the drain at Nature View Estates.
Mr. Brown inquired as to the results to arguments presented by their attorney, which was in the folder. Mr. Cundiff suggested scheduling an executive session with Town Counsel for the next meeting.

Ms. Sharkey made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:13 PM. Mr. Chesebrough seconded the motion. Vote - Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
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