6/24/2008 - Meeting Minutes

6/24/2008 - Meeting Minutes

Postby Maria Lajoie » Wed Aug 06, 2008 2:28 pm

A meeting of the Planning Board was called to order on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 7:07 PM.

ATTENDANCE
Present: Ernest Marks (Vice Chairman), Mark Mungeam, Linda Brown, Roy Swenson, David St. George, Eben Chesebrough, William Cundiff (Town Engineer), Stephen Zisk (Planning/Conservation Agent), Lisa Lannon (Recording Secretary).
Absent: Richard Vanden Berg.

7:07 PM PUBLIC HEARING: COOPERTOWN REALTY TRUST APPLICATION FOR A WATER RESOURCE DISTRICT AQUIFER PROTECTION SPECIAL PERMIT
Mr. Normand Gamache presented the application for Coopertown Realty Trust for a Special Permit in accordance with the Town of Douglas Water Resource District Aquifer Protection Bylaw and MGL Chapter 40A to remove soil, loam, sand, gravel or other earthen materials and/or mining of land for site preparation and construction of a farm stand with outbuildings including a barn and greenhouse and the construction of paved parking and driveway for retail of farm products and construction of appurtenances thereto such as retaining walls, utilities and storm water facilities.
It was noted that several permits will be needed; however, this permit is for the aquifer overlay. Mr. Cundiff indicated that some clarity is needed on the drawings in relation to those thresholds that trigger the need for the special permit requirement. Specifically the areas that are being retained in its natural vegetative state with square footage/acreage noted as well as percentages. In addition, percentages of impervious material should be clearly marked. He also noted the need for storm water management calculations and field testing determining infiltration capacity. He also requested a copy of the boring logs. Mr. Zisk suggested that information be obtained regarding the impact of this project on the abutter’s wells. Mr. Cundiff also indicated that he would like to see a written explanation of compliance to Bylaw items B4 and 10.
Much discussion held. Mr. Andrew Smith of 21 Monroe Street presented the Board with a signed petition from abutter’s requesting the Board to deny approval. He noted concerns with the removal of gravel as well as the potential aquifer problems. Members of the community including: Mr. Patrick Blake, 8 Monroe Street, Mr. David Gjeltema, 19 Monroe Street, Mr. David Daubney, 28 Monroe Street, Mr. Jeremy Flansburg, 63 Monroe Street, Mr. Fran Mongeau, 32 Davis Street, Mr. Dennis Michalik, 415 NE Main Street all noted concerns regarding earth removal, the grade slope, cutting of trees as well as the project being on 4.5 acres of land, truck traffic, test pits and ledge, gravel erosion of and property, commercial use.
Mr. Cundiff requested that documented ground water levels on the abutters be investigated. Mr. St. George requested information on letter from the Fire Chief regarding the containment of hazardous chemicals. Mr. Chesebrough asked that the rational of abiding with the Bylaw be addressed as to how it would impact the feasibility of the project. Some discussion held regarding the pavement versus gravel driveway. Mr. Vecchione noted that it is due to Conservation restrictions. It was suggested that Conservation be asked to consider this question prior to a decision from this Board.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to continue the Public Hearing for Coopertown Realty Trust’s application for a Water Resource District Aquifer Protection Special Permit to July 22, 2008 at 7:00 PM. Mr. Swenson seconded the motion. Vote unanimous. Motion passed.

8:20 PM ANR PLAN: ESTATE OF MARY A. GREEN PINE STREET
The ANR Plan for Mary A. Greene on Pine Street was presented by Mr. Michael Yerka. The applicant is requesting to create three ANR lots from one parcel that has three existing dwellings located on the one lot; this would involve one lot not having the required frontage. Some discussion held. Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to endorse the ANR plan for the estate of Mary A. Greene located on Pine Street for three lots. Mr. Mungeam seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

8:29 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: DOUGLAS PROPERTIES LLC APPLICATION FOR A DEFINITIVE SUBDIVISION PLAN OF LAND ENTITLED “LAKEWOOD ESTATES”
Mr. Michael Yerka discussed the application for a definitive subdivision plan of land entitled “Lakewood Estates”. Discussion held regarding an easement. Mr. Swenson made a motion that the Lakewood Estates plan shows a 25 foot easement through lot 10 to the west boundary for future use. Ms. Brown seconded the motion. Vote: 3 – Yes, 3 – No. Motion NOT carried.
Mr. Nelson of 143 Shore Road read and presented to the Board a letter regarding the impact of Lakewood Estates on his property and requesting a 175 foot buffer zone on lot 9 of evergreen plantings to hide the detention basin from his property.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to continue the Public Hearing for Douglas Properties LLC application for a definitive subdivision plan of land entitled “Lakewood Estates” on August 26, 2008 at 7:30 PM. Ms. Brown seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

8:55 PM EVERGREEN ESTATES COVENANT
Mr. Cundiff noted that he has received an email from counsel indicating that the title certification is satisfactory. He asked that the Board endorse this again. Some discussion held. Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to accept and sign the covenant for Evergreen Subdivision. Mr. Mungeam seconded the motion. Vote: 1 – No, 5 – Yes. Motion carried.

9:03 PM PUBLIC HEARING: RUSSELL & HEATHER CARLSON APPLICATION FOR AN ACCESSORY APARTMENT SPECIAL PERMIT
The application for an accessory apartment special permit was presented and reviewed by the Board. Mr. St. George made a motion to grant the application for an accessory apartment special permit for Russell & Heather Carlson for 121 Wallum Lake Road. Mr. Chesebrough seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.



9:10 PM MINUTES
The minutes of the June 10, 2008 Planning Board Meeting were reviewed. Ms. Brown made a motion to approve the June 10, 2008 minutes as presented. Mr. St. George seconded the motion. Vote: 5 – Yes, 1 – Abstained. Motion carried.

9:13 PM REQUEST FOR TWO YEAR EXTENSION/MORSE POND PRESERVE
Attorney Henry Lane indicated that the two year time limit for “Morse Pond Preserve” runs out on July 13, 2008 and requests a two year extension. He noted that at the last meeting the Board had a question as to why the subdivision decision was not recorded. He indicated that approvals are endorsed on the plans themselves. Certificate of approval is filed with the Town Clerk when she certifies there is no appeal and the Board signs the plan, the conditions imposed if any are put on the plan itself. The certificate is not recorded anywhere else but the Town Clerk’s Office. Some discussion held.
Mr. Swenson made a motion to extend the completion date for “Morse Pond Preserve” to July 13, 2010. Mr. St. George seconded the motion. Vote: 4 - Yes, 2 - No. Motion carried.

9:24 PM OTHER BUSINESS
Discussion held regarding Shady Knoll Estates. Counsel is suggesting contacting the surety for further explanation for the basis of denial. It was the consensus of the Board to have Town Counsel contact surety for further information.
Discussion held regarding a document for Fairview Estates Subdivision and Mr. Kevin Bliss trying to get subordinations on the mortgages. The bank wants to know if there are any apparent zoning violations. Mr. Cundiff reviewed the plans. The document, for
Board signatures, certifies that based on these plans, no apparent zoning violations exist.
Mr. Cundiff distributed a package of documents related to Suzanne Lussier for the Board’s review.
Discussion held regarding the Chapter 40B waiver list “North Village”, North Street. Members will review the plans.
The next meeting will be July 22, 2008. Rules and regulations will be moved from the July 22, 2008 to the August 12, 2008 Meeting.

9:40 PM ADJOURNMENT
Mr. St. George made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Ms. Brown seconded. The meeting adjourned at 9:40 PM.

Respectfully submitted,


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