1/14/2020 - Planning Board Meeting (Revised)

1/14/2020 - Planning Board Meeting (Revised)

Postby Maria Lajoie » Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:37 am

Community Meeting Room
Application for an Accessory Apartment Special Permit
94 Pine Street – Possible Votes

27 Webster Street – Possible Votes

1. Solar Regulations – Possible Votes
2. *Lakeside Residential – Possible Votes
3. ZBA Application: Dermot & Diana Collins, Northwest Main Street (#2019-13) – Possible Votes
4. ZBA Application: Kenneth Gouin, 29 Laurel Glades (#2019-14) – Possible Votes
5. Minutes: 12/10/19

Future Agenda Items:
TBD: Residential Compounds
TBD: Private Ways
TBD: Subdivision Regulations
TBD: CMRPC Regional Housing Study
TBD: Adult Entertainment Bylaw
TBD: Forms
Upcoming Meetings: 1/28, 2/11, 2/25

Note: Times are estimates unless denoted as a Hearing.
Items listed are those reasonably anticipated as a topic
48 hours in advance by the Chairman
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Re: 1/14/2020 - Planning Board Meeting (Revised)

Postby Mary Wright » Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:17 pm


A meeting of the Planning Board was held on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Mr. Marks called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM and announced that the meeting is being recorded and will be available on cable and on the website.

PRESENT: Ernest Marks (Chair), Michael Greco, Jake Schultzberg, Tracy Sharkey (Vice Chair), Aaron Socrat, Les Stevens, Michael Zwicker
NON-VOTING: William Cundiff (Town Engineer)


Mr. Marks opened the public hearing. Thomas and Melissa Griswold joined the meeting. Mr. Cundiff stated that two waivers are being sought: one is for the square footage and the other is to allow the occupant of the accessory apartment to not be a blood relative. Ms. Sharkey stated that they have the alternative of earning less than 80% of the median income. Mr. Cundiff feels that the intent is to have it qualify for affordable housing so that the Town can take credit for that.
The occupant, Paul Collins, joined the meeting and stated that he is currently not on any public assistance, other than WIC and some help with daycare. Mr. Collins stated that he could supply the Board with financial statements. Mr. Cundiff would prefer that the Board make a decision with that information in hand. Mr. Cundiff read the regulations where it states that an accessory apartment can be “rented at a price affordable to persons or families qualifying as low or moderate income for a period of not less than 15 years.” A discussion was held.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to close the public hearing for an Application for an Accessory Apartment Special Permit for Melissa Griswold (AA-191210), 94 Pine Street. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-7.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to grant the waivers for square footage over the allowable to 1100 sq. ft., and the occupant requirement for Application for an Accessory Apartment Special Permit for Melissa Griswold (AA-191210), 94 Pine Street. Mr. Socrat seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-7.
Ms. Sharkey asked for information on what the Board required the last time an application like this was granted for the person that works in the Town Hall.

7:12 PM ANR PLAN: HAYWARD HOMES, LLC, (#2020-01), 27 Webster Street-Possible Votes.
Byron Andrews of Andrews Survey and Engineering joined the meeting. The applicant is asking to separate the lot, which is in a VR zone, into three lots instead of two. All three lots would have conforming size and area.
At the last meeting, the sight distance for the middle lot was 200’. The lot line has been shifted to create equal distances between the guardrail and the slope, resulting in a sight distance of 275’ or greater for the driveway for lot 2R. Lot 1R has 290’ of sight distance. Mr. Andrews stated that the sight distance for 35 mph is at least 250’, for 45 mph it is 360’. Mr. Stevens asked Mr. Andrews to provide clarification.
Mr. Andrews stated that the septic for lot 1R requires only a 10’ offset. He showed on the plan where the septic would be.
Mr. Cundiff asked the Board to consider the sight distances as a serious issue. Mass DOT will need to be contacted and asked to do a special speed study for this section of road.
Mr. Andrews will be on the agenda for the next meeting.

1. Solar Regulations-Possible Votes. Atty. Costa had indicated at the last meeting that there could be a special process that involves permitting. A discussion was held. Mr. Cundiff will reformat the Webster solar bylaws for review at the next meeting.
2. Lakeside Residential-Possible Votes. Mr. Cundiff stated that Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission’s grant expired at the end of 2019. He included a copy of their 14 Regional Planning hours that can be applied towards this project. Atty. Costa felt that, keeping in mind what the Board wishes to do, the Town is best suited for an overlay and 40 A, section 6 gives the Zoning Officer certain authority to make certain decisions. The Town may not need a zoning district as the current Town bylaws provide some relief for these nonconforming lots.
Ms. Sharkey would prefer an “as-of-right” rather than a determination by the Building Inspector. Mr. Marks asked for Town Counsel’s opinion. Mr. Stevens asked that Town Counsel draft an overlay article for review at the next meeting. Mr. Cundiff suggested that the Board decide which direction they want to go in before Town Counsel drafts an article. A discussion was held.
Mr. Stevens made a motion to authorize Town Counsel to draft a warrant article for a Lakeside Residential overlay for Spring Town Meeting to address that there is to be no dividing of lots unless they meet RA zone requirements, and no lot can be built upon unless all Board of Health requirements are met. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-5, No-1, Ms. Sharkey abstained.
Ms. Sharkey asked Mr. Cundiff to get a statement for Town Counsel’s billed hours for all the boards for 2019.
3. ZBA Application: Dermot & Diana Collins, Northwest Main Street (#2019-13)-Possible Votes. Mr. Stevens stated that the application has not been filled in correctly. Ms. Sharkey stated that therefore, the Board cannot act on it-incomplete application.
4. ZBA Application: Kenneth Gouin, 29 Laurel Glades (#2019-14)-Possible Votes. Mr. Socrat stated that the lot is deep and 77’ wide and the applicants are proposing a 2-story dwelling towards the back of the lot. There is an existing dwelling toward the front of the lot. The application does not say that the existing dwelling is to be razed. The applicant is asking for relief for both side setbacks. Mr. Socrat had no objection to the application as long as all plumbing and sewer from the existing dwelling is removed. The Board had no objection.
5. Minutes: December 10, 2019-Possible Votes.
Mr. Greco made a motion to approve the December 10, 2019 Planning Board meeting minutes as presented. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-6, Ms. Sharkey abstained.
6. Old/New Business:
Old Business: Mr. Cundiff will ask for as-builts from the following projects on Northeast Main Street: Sleepy Hollow Earth Removal, Upton Site Remediation, and McIntyre Loam.
New Business: Mr. Cundiff reviewed the timeline for warrant article submittal to the Board of Selectmen (BOS). For general bylaws, articles must be submitted to the BOS before the first Friday of March (3/6/2020).
Mr. Cundiff will prepare a list and a warrant article for monuments. Mr. Zwicker suggested that monuments be added to a different project than the one that was recently done; one that currently has no monuments in order to get some in each area.

Ms. Sharkey made a motion to adjourn the Planning Board meeting at 8:06 PM. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-7.

Respectfully submitted,

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