March 12, 2013 Planning Board Meeting

March 12, 2013 Planning Board Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:13 pm

PLANNING BOARD MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2013

A meeting of the Planning Board was held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Mr. Marks called the meeting to order at 7:03PM 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, Michael Greco, Tracy Sharkey, Michael Zwicker, William Cundiff (Town Engineer)
ABSENT: Eben Chesebrough, Robert Werme, Jr.

7:04 PM STONE GATE ESTATES: REQUEST FOR SURETY
Mr. Cundiff gave the background on the project. This request is specific to Phase III, which consists of lots 27, 28, & 29 and Meetinghouse Lane. Those lots have a No-Build Covenant on them. Mr. Michael Rafferty joined the meeting and described the work that has been done. There have been no issues with the project.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to post a surety in the amount of $39,276.05 for road C, Meetinghouse Lane and release the No-Build Covenant on lots 27, 28 & 29, Stone Gate Estates. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

7:12 PM MEMO FROM MICHAEL GUZINSKI, TOWN ADMINISTRATOR: SIGN BYLAW REVIEW
Mr. Cundiff stated that the Board of Selectmen discussed the sign bylaw proposal at their last meeting, and the administrator forwarded this memo to the Planning Board at their direction. The Board of Selectmen are asking the subcommittee and the Planning Board to consider allowing one piece of property to advertise a business elsewhere in town. At a minimum, there would be a waiver process in the bylaw.
The subcommittee that was formed has been meeting and working on a revision. A discussion was held.

7:23 PM NEXTSUN ENERGY: LANDSCAPE PLAN, SURETY, POLICE & FIRE CHIEF CONDITIONS
Kevin and Marlene Donegan from Gehrlicher Solar and Steve O’Connell of Andrews Survey & Engineering, Inc. joined the meeting. Mr. O’Connell stated that the surety amount submitted was $30,000, and it should have been $35,000. The owner has made a commitment for $35,000. He provided written endorsements from the Fire and Police Chiefs regarding the Emergency Procedure Protocol and emergency lighting system. The grading easement was submitted.
The planting plan was discussed. Mr. O’Connell stated that all the vantage points where you could potentially see into the field have been addressed with screening. Ms. Annie Bosma, 69 Southwest Main Street joined the meeting and pointed out where she would like to see screening added. Mr. O’Connell agreed to add more trees to the canopy line and turn the corner. Mr. O’Connell will discuss the addition of more trees with the Conservation Commission. There would be a total of no less than 73 trees planted this spring.
The grading easement was discussed. Mr. MacIntyre has signed it. They should have a finalized version of the $35,000 surety by March 22, 2013. It will need to be approved by Town Counsel. The Police and Fire Chiefs have endorsed the Emergency Response Plan.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to accept the Landscape Planting Plan as amended with the condition of adding extra trees, Emergency Lighting Plan Sign-off, the temporary grading easement, the surety, pending approval of Town Counsel, the Emergency Response Plan and the Photographic Rendering Plan as presented. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

8:07 PM DECISION: CROSSFIT ABT (SPR-121219) APPLICATION FOR SITE PLAN REVIEW, 116 DAVIS STREET
No one from Crossfit ABT was present at the meeting. Mr. Cundiff drafted a decision, ran it by Town Counsel, the Fire Chief, the Building Commissioner and the applicant, and there was no feedback.

MINUTES: December 11, 2012, February 12, 2013.
Mr. Greco made a motion to approve the December 11, 2012 Planning Board meeting minutes as amended. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous, Mr. Brown abstained.
Mr. Greco made a motion to approve the February 12, 2013 Planning Board meeting minutes as presented. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

DISCUSSION
1. Conservation Drive at Old Farm Road. Mr. Cundiff is looking for authorization from the board to move forward with the road layout and acceptance process for the Annual Town Meeting. He may need to access some funds for Conservation Drive to get a surveyor, have a hearing and advertise. It was the consensus of the board to grant that authorization.
2. Town of Sutton Planning Board/South Town Crossing Application, 171 Worcester-Providence Turnpike, FYI. Mr. Cundiff presented Sutton Planning Board’s plan for a large complex, including a supermarket and a home improvement retail store, located on the east side of 146 N. As part of the planning process, Sutton is notifying the abutting towns. The Planning Board was invited to provide feedback. A discussion was held. Mr. Zwicker recommended getting rid of the traffic light there. Mr. Cundiff will send a letter to the Sutton Planning Board.

OTHER BUSINESS
Mr. Cundiff updated the board on Whitin Reservoir Estates. They have been replacing the drainage system over the last week. He went out there today and talked with Steve Funari. He hoped they would have removed the entire drainage system and reseat the catch basins, manholes. etc. They did not do that. They removed the structure and left the base section in place. Mr. Cundiff is concerned that it does not have a new stone bedding. He asked Mr. Funari to have his design engineer provide certification that it is installed to the engineer’s satisfaction.
Mr. Cundiff would like to solicit some prices from engineers to do inspections during construction. He will solicit three quotes from engineers before the next meeting. It was the consensus of the board to authorize Mr. Cundiff to solicit the quotes.

SIGN
1. Crossfit ABT (SPR-121219), Application for Site Plan Review.

8:13 PM ADJOURNMENT
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:13 PM. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
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