5/28/2019 - Planning Board Meeting

5/28/2019 - Planning Board Meeting

Postby Maria Lajoie » Thu May 23, 2019 2:54 pm

PLANNING BOARD MEETING
TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2019
(Community Meeting Room)
7:00 PM
REVISED

7:00 PM Reorganization

7:05 PM Lot Frontage Exception Plan: Jeffrey Herman, 64 Birch Street (#2018-14) Re-Endorse

7:15 PM PUBLIC HEARING: Jeffrey Herman (AA-190508)
Application for an Accessory Apartment Special Permit
64 Birch Street

7:30 PM ANR PLAN: JANET KACHADOORIAN (2019-05)
81 Pine Street

DISCUSSION
1. Informational Presentation: Grow Space New England
2. Guaranteed Builders & Developers: 37 Glen Street, Special Condition #1
(ER-180312)
3. Kuenzel, 271 Main Street: Standing water in rear of property (AQ-110201)
4. Whitin Reservoir Estates: Revised Covenant
5. ZBA Application: PELU, Inc., 520 Northwest Main Street (#2019- 04)
6. Sign: Worcester Registry of Deeds Form



Mail
Minutes: 3/12, 3/26, 4/9


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Future Agendas
TBD: Private Ways
TBD: Lakeside Residential
TBD: Subdivision Regulations
TBD: Solar Regulations


Upcoming Meetings: 6/11, 7/9


Open session for topics not reasonably anticipated 48 hours in advance of Meeting.
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Re: 5/28/2019 - Planning Board Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:15 pm

PLANNING BOARD MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2019

A meeting of the Planning Board was held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. 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 (Chair), Michael Greco, Jake Schultzberg, Tracey Sharkey (Vice Chair-arrived 7:13 PM), Aaron Socrat, Les Stevens (arrived 7:23 PM), Michael Zwicker
ABSENT:
NON-VOTING: William Cundiff (Town Engineer)

7:05 PM LOT FRONTAGE EXCEPTION PLAN (#2018-14): JEFFREY HERMAN, 64 Birch Street-Re-Endorse.
Mr. Cundiff stated that the last plan that was endorsed was for an ANR; this is a Lot Frontage Exception Plan, not an ANR. Basically, this is an administrative issue.
Mr. Greco made a motion to re-endorse the Lot Frontage Exception Plan (#2018-14) for Jeffrey Herman, 64 Birch Street. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-5.

7:25 PM PUBLIC HEARING: JEFFREY HERMAN (AA-190508), APPLICATION FOR AN ACCESSORY APARTMENT SPECIAL PERMIT, 64 Birch Street.
Mr. Marks opened the public hearing. Mr. Socrat feels that the plans are in order. Mr. Cundiff drafted a decision that indicates 900 sq. ft. because he thinks the accessory apartment is a little larger than 700 sq. ft.
Mr. Herman joined the meeting and asked if it would be possible to amend the application to add a second service meter. A discussion was held. The consensus of the Board was that Mr. Herman could not amend the application to add a second service meter.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to close the public hearing for Jeffrey Herman (AA-190508), Application for an Accessory Apartment Special Permit, 64 Birch Street. Mr. Socrat seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-7.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to grant the application for an Accessory Apartment Special Permit (AA-190508) for Jeffrey Herman, 64 Birch Street. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-7.

7:34 PM ANR PLAN: JANET KACHADOORIAN (#2019-05), 81 Pine Street.
Byron Andrews of Andrews Survey and Engineering joined the meeting and stated that the intent is to retain the bulk of the land with the existing house and create three new buildable lots. Each new lot would have over 200’ of frontage and over 90,000 sq. ft of area. The property is approximately 15 acres. There are areas of steep slopes in the right-hand corner of the right lot and the left-hand corner of the left lot. The sight distances are less than 155’ at 25 mph on Vine Street. The shortest sight distance of 40’ is caused by one tree, which may be on Town property. The applicant may need to go before the Board of Selectman for permission if significant work is to be done in the right-of-way.
Mr. Cundiff would prefer that a note be added to the plan to say that the sight distances do not meet AASHTO. Mr. Andrews added the note to the plan. Mr. Cundiff suggested that the tree be cut down before the applicant comes back with an amended ANR, however that is not within the Board’s scope.
Mr. Cundiff pointed out that one of the existing structures will now sit within the building setback. If the structure had some pre-existing, non-conforming status, that status would be null and void with this filing.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to endorse the ANR plan for Janet Kachadoorian (#2019-05), 81 Pine Street, with a note stating that the sight distances do not meet AASHTO, as discussed. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-7.

DISCUSSION:
1. Informational Presentation: Grow Space New England. Robert Wolf of Grow Space New England joined the meeting. He stated that they have an option on a 12-acre site off of Rte. 16 on which to build 5-6 6,000 sq. ft. greenhouses for cannabis cultivators. Each multiple use greenhouse is set on a slab, is made from composite materials, and is self-contained. Mr. Wolf hopes to have a formal presentation ready by July.
2. Guaranteed Builders & Developers: 37 Glen Street, Special Condition #1(ER-180312). Ms. Sharkey recused herself. Murray Bristol of Pyne Sand & Stone joined the meeting and stated that Special Condition #1 relates to construction protocol – how the material is to be removed. He explained dust control and how the material will be removed.
Mr. Cundiff stated that when this project was being permitted, he had some concerns regarding the offset to groundwater because the data that was provided was “spotty, at best”. A series of special conditions were placed in the decision that refer to providing a plan to the Board for approval on how the applicant is going to determine what the high ground water elevation is. Rules and regulations require a 10’ vertical offset. Wednesday morning, Mr. Cundiff and Mr. Bristol will meet with Lance Anderson of Allen Engineering at the site to go through methodology. Mr. Cundiff feels that a letter from an engineer is necessary to outline the procedure and get a firm decision on where the groundwater is.
Mr. Cundiff feels a Dust Mitigation Plan is necessary. He does not feel that watering on a site like this one would be practical, as the side slopes are 50’-80’ tall. The slopes may need to be sprayed as was done at Sleepy Hollow. Dust will be monitored.
The Building Inspector has determined that a building permit is needed for the wall.
Andy Leonard of Pyne Sand & Stone joined the meeting. He asked if he could work directly with Mr. Cundiff without coming back before the Board for approval. A discussion was held. The Board was in agreement that the applicant can work with Mr. Cundiff on the methodology.
Ms. Sharkey and Mr. Stevens joined the meeting.
3. Kuenzel, 271 Main Street: Standing Water in Rear of Property (AQ-110201). Debbie Kuenzel joined the meeting. She stated that back in 2011, she was issued a Special Permit to put in a system that would help get rid of her water and channel it into the stormwater system. However, a test hole was never performed, and it has been found that the groundwater is at 4’ and that is too high for the system that the Board approved to function. The drainage pipe was never installed, but the paving was done. Her water situation is getting worse. She is working with Civil Site Engineering to design a retention pond and “pave back there.”
Mr. Cundiff stated that Ms. Kuenzel had come before the Planning Board for a Special Permit because she was creating an impervious surface within the water resource protection overlay. Neighbors had input in that process. Mr. Cundiff was unaware that the pipe was not installed. Testing for groundwater elevation was never performed because the solution was to install a drainage pipe and not an infiltration system. A discussion was held.
Mr. Marks stated that the Board would be open to discuss any plan presented by and stamped by an engineer.
4. Whitin Reservoir Estates: Revised Covenant. Mr. Cundiff stated that the covenant and lot releases have been reviewed by Town Counsel.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to authorize Mr. Cundiff to release the covenant and lot releases for Whitin Reservoir Estates once surety has been obtained. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-7.
5. ZBA Application: PELU, Inc., 520 Northwest Main Street (#2019-04). The location is Breezy Picnic Grounds. They have expanded over the deck of an existing, non-conforming seasonal structure. The Planning Board had no objection to the request for a variance.
6. Sign: Worcester Registry of Deeds Form.
7. Minutes: March 12, March 26 & April 9, 2019.
Mr. Greco made a motion to approve the March 12, 2019 Planning Board meeting minutes as presented. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-7.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to approve the March 26, 2019 Planning Board meeting minutes as presented. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-6, Mr. Greco abstained.
Mr. Greco made a motion to approve the April 9, 2019 Planning Board meeting minutes as presented. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-7.

OTHER BUSINESS:
Mr. Cundiff stated that Bob Dumas may be sending a letter regarding upcoming private ways.
Mr. Cundiff stated that an application was submitted through Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) for Technical Assistance Funding for Lakeside Residential.
Ms. Sharkey asked if the Planning Board is going to work on a Solar Bylaw. A discussion was held. It was decided to place Solar on the Use Table. Mr. Cundiff will ask Town Counsel to draft something for the Board’s review.

8:34 PM REORGANIZATION:
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to nominate Ernest Marks as Chair and Tracy Sharkey as Vice Chair of the Planning Board. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-7.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to nominate Jake Schultzberg as the Planning Board’s representative to CMRPC. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-7.

8:45 PM ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to adjourn the Planning Board meeting at 8:45 PM. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-7.

Respectfully submitted,


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