October 22, 2013 Planning Board Meeting

October 22, 2013 Planning Board Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:51 pm

PLANNING BOARD MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2013

A meeting of the Planning Board was held on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. 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 (Vice Chairman), Michael Greco (arrived at 7:21 PM), Tracy Sharkey, Robert Werme, Jr., Michael Zwicker, William Cundiff (Town Engineer)
ABSENT: Derek Brown

7:04 PM PUBLIC MEETING: DOUGLAS PLANNING BOARD
Amendments to the Town of Douglas General Bylaws, Article 9: Sign Bylaw
Mr. Marks opened the public meeting. He presented a brief history regarding the amendments to the bylaw and the work of the Sign Bylaw Study Group. Mr. Marks thanked the subcommittee for all of their work.
Mr. Cundiff stated that the committee worked with town counsel while drafting the amendments. He stated that the committee kept much of the purpose, applicability and definitions. They approached the bylaw broadly from three different perspectives: Signs that are Allowed by Right, Signs that are Allowed by Permit and Signs that are Not Allowed. He went on to briefly review the amendments. He pointed out that in the table, under State Forest Open Space Zoning District, the committee carried zeros in all the columns. He asked the board to consider if they wish to put some numbers in those columns.
He reviewed the prohibitions. He reviewed Section 9.4, which allows for appeal opportunities. A discussion was held. Changes were made to clarify the “Dangerous and Defective Signs” section.
Richard Preston has volunteered to present the bylaw at Town Meeting.
Values were decided for the SFOS column in the table: 2, 18, and 6 for each use.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to forward the amended Sign Bylaw to the Board of Selectmen with the Planning Board’s strong endorsement. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

7:29 PM ANR PLAN: Walnut Grove Corp., 36 Monroe Street (#2013-16)
Byron Andrews of Andrews Survey and Engineering joined the meeting. He has made changes to the plan since the last meeting. He met Mr. Cundiff and members of the Planning Board at the site a week ago and they looked at the access to the property. They saw that the access consists mostly of gravel. There is no ledge. Mr. Cundiff stated that the ledge was between the next lots. The driveway could be graded at a 9% grade. Mr. Andrews added a note that Track 1 and Track 2 are to be combined to create Lot 1.
Mr. Andrews spoke about site distances and access from Walnut Grove Street. A discussion was held.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to endorse the Approval Not Required Plan and the Reduced Lot Frontage Plan for Walnut Grove Corp., 36 Monroe Street (#2013-16). Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

7:41 PM LAKEWOOD ESTATES: Request for Extension
Mr. Cliff Van Reed joined the meeting to request an extension to the No-Build Covenant. The date of final construction is December 31, 2013, and they are asking for a three-year extension. A discussion was held regarding the state language.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to approve the request for a three-year extension for Lakewood Estates on Wallum Lake Road to change the expiration date from December 31, 2013 to December 31, 2016. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

DISCUSSION
1. NextSun: Soils. Mr. Cundiff was able to solicit prices from three companies: UTS of Massachusetts, Contest Laboratories and GEO Testing Express. Mr. Cundiff asked for collection of six topsoil samples and run testing, similar to what is required by Mass DOT. The proposals were very similar on scope and price. Contest Laboratories did not submit a proposal. Mr. Cundiff is recommending GEO Testing at a quote of $1,995.00. Mr. Cundiff said that there are no funds in the account to pay for this. He has spoken with Kevin Donegan from Gehrlicher Solar, who has to run the request up the corporate ladder.
Craig Bosma, 173 Wallis Street, asked if the spots where the soils will be taken will be delineated. Mr. Cundiff will let the laboratories select the locations. He will ask them to mark the locations.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to recommend GEO Testing for soil testing at the NextSun site. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
2. Whitin Reservoir Estates: Request from Andrews Survey and Engineering. Mr. Steve O’Connell of Andrews Survey & Engineering joined the meeting. He stated that Andrews Survey & Engineering recently did some road staking for Funari Site Development and they found that they need additional fill at the entrance to meet the center line grade. Mr. Cundiff included the minutes from 2005 regarding designing the road to minimize headlight glare to an abutter. A discussion was held.
Ms Sharkey made a motion to approve the minor plan change for Whitin Reservoir Estates, Douglas Hill Way, referencing the road grade and Funari Site Development. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous
3. Accessory Apartment Special Permit: Timothy & Diane Robar (AA130904) 91 Chestnut Street. Mr. Cundiff stated that some of the format of the decision has been changed per the board’s direction. He removed “Criteria” because it was redundant. He reviewed the other edits, such as making it clearer that the dwelling needs to revert back to a single-family use when the accessory apartment is no longer in use, and emphasizing that the dwelling shall be limited to one heating system and one electrical service meter.
4. Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension: Alexander Ferguson, 298 South Street.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to approve the Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension: Alexander Ferguson, 298 South Street. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
SIGN:
1. Accessory Apartment Special Permit: Timothy & Diane Robar (AA130904) 91 Chestnut Street.
2. Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension: Alexander Ferguson, 298 South Street.

MINUTES: September 24, 2013
Approval of the September 24, 2013 meeting minutes was deferred to the next meeting.

OPEN SESSION
Mr. Cundiff stated that the Fall Town Meeting will be November 18, 2013.

8:19 PM ADJOURNMENT
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:19 PM. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
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