October 8, 2013 Planning Board Meeting

October 8, 2013 Planning Board Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:50 pm

PLANNING BOARD MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2013

A meeting of the Planning Board was held on Tuesday, October 8, 2013. Mr. Chesebrough 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: Eben Chesebrough (Vice Chairman), Michael Greco, Tracy Sharkey, Robert Werme, Jr., Michael Zwicker, William Cundiff (Town Engineer)
ABSENT: Ernest Marks, Derek Brown

7:03 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: UPTON SITE REMEDIATION, LLC (SPR 130819), Application for Site Plan Review, 466 Northeast Main Street, Map 140, Parcel 7
Mr. Chesebrough opened the public hearing. Mr. Gene Bernat, Vice President of Upton Site Remediation joined the meeting. The site right now is unusable for its zoned use. Twenty percent of the site is level; the rest is characterized by very steep slopes. The owner would like to maximize the value of the site. He explained that this type of fill operation is very variable. The cost of the soils can be an impediment to grading. They are not creating any new roads, no impermeable area, nor any new use, until such times as the site becomes viable as an industrial site.
Mr. Cundiff stated that the plan is conceptual in nature. This site plan review was triggered under grading of greater than 10% of the property. Mr. Bernat is planning to use RCS-1 soils, which are regulated under the MCP. Mr. Cundiff and Mr. Bernat met with Phil Smith of the Board of Health, who did not have any comments.
Mr. Cundiff stated that the grading is shown going right up to the property line. A Certified Property Line Survey should be done, along with a more accurate grading plan and storm water calculations. Mr. Bernat stated that they have requested some rough storm water calculations, and they plan to submit an engineering drawing. They will change the plan if the reserve area is shown to be inadequate. He explained how storm water is managed on the site right now. He will have the plans changed to show a 10’ setback from the boundary. They will retain a licensed surveyor to stake the setback, perimeter and the construction grade.
Mr. Cundiff asked the board to consider conditions specifically related to a paper trail and documentation on the origin of the soils. Mr. Bernat replied that they will keep a log of the origin and disposition of the materials. They are not planning on hauling soils off the property. Mr. Bernat replied that any excavation that occurred on site would be stockpiled on site to be used as final grading material.
There was a discussion on flowable fill. They will be setting up a small batch plant on site. Mr. Bernat will designate an area on the plans where they will do that. He will show where the water withdrawal will occur. The resubmittal of the engineering drawings will show what the actual bottom elevation is and have topographical lines in 5’ intervals.
Mr. Cundiff asked Mr. Bernat to keep Title V in mind. Mr. Bernat will keep that area virgin. Hours of operation will be 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Mr. Bernat will continue to work with Mr. Cundiff.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to continue the public hearing, Upton Site Remediation, LLC (SPR 130819) to November 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

7:37 PM ANR PLAN: Walnut Grove Corp., 36 Monroe Street (#2013-16)
Mr. Marks stated that this is also a Lot Frontage Exception Application. Mr. Byron Andrews of Andrews Survey & Engineering, Inc. joined the meeting to represent the Walnut Grove Corp. and present the plan. There was a question regarding illusory access or real access. He explained that there is a legal easement included with the property. Mr. Cundiff wants to see deeds to see that the abutters have specifically reserved the right in that right of way off of Calvary Crossing.
Mr. Cundiff does not think the plan accurately shows what is there today. There are significant ledge outcrops that are not shown on the plan. The plan needs to be modified to show two parcels.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to accept the withdrawal ANR Plan: Walnut Grove Corp., 36 Monroe Street (#2013-16) without prejudice, and fees will be waived upon resubmittal. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Cundiff, Ms. Sharkey and Mr. Werme will join Mr. Andrews to walk through the site on October 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM.

OPEN SESSION
Mr. Cundiff spoke about an inspection he performed out at the NextSun Solar Farm. The issue is with the construction technique that was proposed and approved.
He is concerned about areas that have not been loamed. In the packet are copies of email correspondence between him and NextSun. There are areas under and around the panels that have not been hydroseeded. Mr. Kevin Donegan from Gehrlicher Solar had indicated that they did place loam, however it dried out. A discussion was held.
Mr. Craig Bosma, 173 Wallis Street, spoke about his concerns that hydroseed was sprayed over hardpan. A discussion was held.
It was the consensus of the board to hire someone to take soil samples. Mr. Cundiff will see if there is money in the Review and Inspection Account. He will ask the applicant if they are willing to pay for the sampling. If not, the board does not feel they should use the Planning Board’s Expense Account. Ms. Sharkey suggested driving by the site tomorrow. The board authorized Mr. Cundiff to solicit three bids for soil testing and to move forward with the lowest reasonable bid within the limits of the account. The goal is to discuss all the new information at the next meeting.

8:11 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: TIMOTHY & DIANE ROBAR (AA 130904), Application for an Accessory Apartment Special Permit, 91 Chestnut Street.
Mr. Chesebrough opened the public hearing. Mr. Robar joined the meeting and feels that the addition is more like an accessory apartment because it has only one bedroom. Ms. Adelle Reynolds, Building Commissioner joined the meeting. She stated that she has met with the Robars. The plan looks to her like a duplex, and a duplex is not allowed in an RA Zone. The Robars’ only recourse is to go for the Accessory Special Permit and ask for a waiver for the square footage. Her concern is that when the apartment is not in use or the house is sold, it reverts to a single family. This layout would be difficult to make into a single family. A discussion was held.
Mr. Cundiff will draft conditions along with Ms. Reynolds for review at the next meeting.
Mr. Greco made a motion to close the public hearing, Timothy and Diane Robar (AA 130904), Application for an Accessory Apartment Special Permit. Mr. Werme seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to grant the waiver for Timothy and Diane Robar to allow the square footage on the accessory apartment for an additional 223 sq. ft. over the 900 sq ft., not to exceed 1123 sq. ft. Mr. Werme seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to grant the Application for an Accessory Apartment Special Permit, 91 Chestnut Street, Timothy and Diane Robar (AA 130904) with conditions as discussed. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

DISCUSSION
1. Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension: Kenneth Hansen, 29 Shore Road. Mr. Cundiff stated that the taxes have been paid.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to renew the Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension: Kenneth Hansen, 29 Shore Road. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
2. Proposed Douglas Sign Bylaw: Public Meeting 10/22/13 at 7:00 PM. Mr. Cundiff stated that they will not be able to do the Sign Site Plan Review for the fall town meeting. They may have to create the fourth trigger in the Site Plan Review Bylaw and have some language relative to the process. Mr. Cundiff will incorporate town counsel’s comments in the final for the town meeting.
Mr. Chesebrough suggested changing the fine from $100 to $50 per offense, however the penalty may be waived if the offense is corrected within seven days. A discussion was held. It was decided to leave the fine as is.
3. Citizens Planning Training Collaborative (CPTC) Fall 2013 Workshops. There was no information in the packet.

SIGN:
1. Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension: Kenneth Hansen, 29 Shore Road.

9:00 PM ADJOURNMENT
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:00 PM. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
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