January 8, 2013 Planning Board Meeting

January 8, 2013 Planning Board Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:35 pm

PLANNING BOARD MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2013

A meeting of the Planning Board was held on Tuesday, January 8, 2013. Mr. Marks called the meeting to order at 7:03 PM and announced that the meeting is being recorded and will be available on cable and on the website.

ATTENDANCE
PRESENT: Ernest Marks (Chairman), Derek Brown, Eben Chesebrough, Michael Greco, Tracy Sharkey, Robert Werme, Jr., Michael Zwicker, William Cundiff (Town Engineer)
ABSENT:

7:03 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: AMERICAN PRO WIND (SPR-100614), APPLICATION FOR SITE PLAN REVIEW, LOCATED ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF ROUTE 16 (WEBSTER STREET) ABUTTING THE WEBSTER TOWN LINE.
Mr. Marks reopened the public hearing. Mr. Maurice Caparrotta from American Pro Wind joined the meeting and discussed the new energy law, the recent approval of ITC and PTC, and how these events apply to this project. They will begin the process again within the next 60 days. Mr. Cundiff has provided him with information about the real estate taxes. Of three landowners, one is current and two are behind in their taxes. As of January 1, 2013, American Pro Wind is responsible for those taxes.
Mr. Caparrotta mentioned that the variance for their local permit expires in November 2014. In response to Mr. Brown’s question, Mr. Caparrotta stated that once they start the site plan review, they would move two turbines that are in a residential zone into an industrial zone.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to continue the public hearing: American Pro Wind (SPR-100614), Application for Site Plan Review, Located on the South Side of Route 16 (Webster Street) Abutting the Webster Town Line to March 26, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

7:17 PM ANR PLAN: BONNIE E. LEPAGE, 32 MAPLE STREET.
Mr. Cundiff presented the plan and review sheet. They are looking to get three lots, all over-sized. Mr. Cundiff stated that on the official street map approved in 1976, in the map portion, it shows the projection where they have the private drive going through as a road, but in the written portion, it says it goes to the northerly boundary of the railroad. A discussion was held.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to endorse the ANR Plan: Bonnie E. LePage, 32 Maple Street for three lots. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

7:31 PM PUBLIC HEARING: PYNE SAND & STONE COMPANY (ER-12.1204) APPLICATION FOR AN EARTH REMOVAL SPECIAL PERMIT (AREA “I”) LACKEY DAM ROAD
Mr. Marks opened the public hearing. Mr. Jim Pyne of Pyne Sand & Stone Company joined the meeting. A product of the concrete plant is crushed concrete. He stated that he needs room to make and stockpile this product. Mr. Pyne has responded to Mr. Cundiff’s comments. Since he is going to utilize the area with the concrete operation, he is not proposing restoration of the area and is therefore requesting to waive the estimate for proposed restoration. A discussion was held.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to close the public hearing, Pyne Sand & Stone Company (ER-12.1204), Application for an Earth Removal Special Permit (Area “I”), Lackey Dam Road. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Chesebrough, on petition of the applicant, made a motion to approve the waiver of the Earth Removal Bylaw 6.1.4, #6 relative to restoration of the Area “I”. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to approve the Application for an Earth Removal Special Permit (Area “I”), Lackey Dam Road, Pyne Sand & Stone Company (ER-12.1204). Mr. Brown seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

7:45 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: NEXTSUN ENERGY DOUGLAS, LLC (SPR-121120), APPLICATION FOR A SITE PLAN REVIEW, 436-440 NORTHEAST MAIN STREET.
Mr. Marks reopened the public hearing. Mr. Steve O’Connell of Andrews Survey & Engineering, Inc. and representatives from NextSun and Gehrlicher Solar joined the meeting. Mr. O’Connell passed out and presented a modified plan. They have received conditional approval from the Conservation Commission for 4” minimum fence clearance. Decommissioning was outlined. A storm water analysis was included. Mr. O’Connell said that the proposed site would pose a negligible increase in runoff.
Nate Maylo, Gehrlicher Solar said that no material needs to be removed from the site. Mr. Cundiff asked how big the stockpile would be. Mr. O’Connell said that most of it would be spread. A discussion was held regarding the northern end of the site, screening, abutters, traffic, etc.
Tom McIntyre, McIntyre Loam, Inc, 117 Wood Street, Hopkinton, MA is concerned because all the trees will be gone, which may open up the view to his property. He also wants to know the final elevation because he is concerned about washouts.
Brian Wnukowski, 450 Northeast Main Street is concerned about the visibility of the site, especially from Charles Street, and would like to see the site screened.
Annie Bosma, 69 Southwest Main Street would like to see the panels out of the field and moved in the back. She would also like the project screened. She does not want to be able to see the panels from the flea market. She does not want to see the pine trees taken down. If there is a stockpile, she would like to have the wood from the pines and she would like the area restored to the natural habitat. She would like to see a bond for decommissioning.
Mr. O’Connell suggested that a screening plan could be subject to approval by the Planning Board. Mr. Brown would like to know what the project would look like when it is done. Mr. O’Connell can provide photographs from different viewpoints.
Regarding decommissioning, in the 16th year of the lease, the first deposit would be made. Mr. Jake Laskin from NextSun spoke about the longevity of the company. A discussion was held. Mr. Marks stated that the Planning Board would like to see a bond in place to guarantee that the decommissioning would take place. Mr. Laskin said that he did intend to post surety for decommissioning, the only problem is that is seems like they are going to have two bonds, a private one and a public one. The Board was in agreement that there should be a bond in place.
Mr. Cundiff suggested a condition that NextSun get a temporary grading easement prior to commencement, subject to the complete satisfaction of the abutters. The Board requested a screening landscape plan along the Charles Street area and Quarry Hill Road. Another condition would be to have a decommission surety. Also, no posts are to be driven before 8am or after 4pm and no weekends. The ingress/egress would be specified.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to close the public hearing NextSun Energy, Douglas, LLC (SPR-121120), Application for a Site Plan Review, 436-440 Northeast Main Street. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to approve NextSun Energy, Douglas, LLC (SPR-121120), Application for a Site Plan Review, for the solar electrical generating facility located at 436-440 Northeast Main Street, subject to approval by the Board of the conditions as discussed at the public hearing. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
The conditions will be reviewed at the next meeting on January 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM.

9:07 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: FUNARI SITE DEVELOPMENT (MOD-120906) APPLICATION FOR A MODIFICATION OF A DEFINITIVE SUBDIVISION PLAN, “WHITIN RESERVOIR ESTATES”, LOCATED OFF DOUGLAS HILL WAY
Mr. Marks reopened this public hearing and the hearing below. Mr. Steve O’Connell of Andrews Survey & Engineering, Inc. and Lori Funari of Funari Site Development joined the meeting. Mr. Cundiff stated that the plans are in very good shape. His concerns have been addressed. He did receive a letter for four waiver requests. Mr. Cundiff feels all the waiver requests are reasonable.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to approve waiver requests 6.1.4, 6.4, 6.6 and 6.9.13 relevant to “Whitin Reservoir Estates”, Modification of a Definitive Subdivision Plan (MOD-120906). Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

9:07 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: FUNARI SITE DEVELOPMENT (FD-120403) APPLICATION FOR A FLEXIBLE DEVELOPMENT SPECIAL PERMIT, “WHITIN RESERVOIR ESTATES”, LOCATED OFF DOUGLAS HILL WAY
See above.
A discussion was held to clarify the conditions. Mr. Cundiff was going to leave the dual decision intact and the Board could strike them if they felt it was appropriate.
Mr. O’Connell distributed a request to formalize the previously agreed to amounts. He would like the Board’s approval for distribution of those payments. A discussion was held. The Board was in agreement with the agreement. Mr. Cundiff suggested tying the voluntary cash contribution to the issuance of the 2nd through 7th building permit.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to close the public hearing Funari Site Development (FD-120403) Application for a Flexible Development Special Permit, “Whitin Reservoir Estates”, Located off Douglas Hill Way. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to close the public hearing Funari Site Development (MOD-120906) Application for a Modification of a Definitive Subdivision Plan, “Whitin Reservoir Estates”, Located off Douglas Hill Way. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to approve Funari Site Development (FD-120403) Application for a Flexible Development Special Permit, “Whitin Reservoir Estates”, Located off Douglas Hill Way, subject to the conditions discussed and agreed to at the public hearing. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-6, No-0, Mr. Brown abstained.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to approve Funari Site Development (MOD-120906) Application for a Modification of a Definitive Subdivision Plan, “Whitin Reservoir Estates”, Located off Douglas Hill Way, subject to the conditions discussed and agreed to at the public hearing. Mr. Chesebrough seconded the motion. Vote: Vote: Aye-6, No-0, Mr. Greco abstained.
A decision will be made on January 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM.

DISCUSSION
1. Deer Crossing Subdivision: Request for Bond Reduction. Mr. Tim Nealon of Deer Crossing, LLC joined the meeting to ask for a reduction in their performance bond to $29,000. He spoke about the work that has been completed in the subdivision. Mr. Cundiff recommended the bond be reduced.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to approve a bond reduction from $85,000 to $29,000 in the performance bond for Deer Crossing for Old Farm Road. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

MINUTES: October 16, 2012 and December 11, 2012
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to approve the October 16, 2012 Planning Board meeting minutes as presented. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Approval of the December 11, 2012 Planning Board meeting minutes was deferred to the next meeting.

SIGN
1. Vouchers

OPEN SESSION
Mr. Zwicker suggested discussing the formulas in the Flexible Development bylaws at an upcoming meeting.

9:36 PM ADJOURNMENT
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:36 PM. Mr. Chesebrough seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
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