January 28, 2014 Planning Board Meeting

January 28, 2014 Planning Board Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:18 pm


A meeting of the Planning Board was held on Tuesday, January 28, 2014. Mr. Marks called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM and announced that the meeting is being recorded and will be available on cable and on the website.

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

Mr. Marks continued the public hearing. Mr. Gene Bernat of Upton Site Remediation joined the meeting. Mr. Cundiff stated that the side slopes are shown at 2:1. Historically, they do not allow seed and loam up to 3:1. He asked that Mr. Bernat do riprap. Mr. Bernat will modify the plan to show a mix of 3:1 and 2:1.
Mr. Cundiff also asked for a letter from the engineer certifying that the entrance meets the minimum requirements for site distance, in lieu of 1000 feet of field survey. There was some discussion as to what that language should be. Mr. Cundiff will give Mr. Bernat a sample letter. If this cannot be obtained in the near future, Mr. Cundiff recommended putting this in as a condition in the decision. Mr. Bernat has instructed the engineer to make the changes to the plan.
The soils proposed to be deposited are classified as RCS-1. The soils test clean as far as state regulations. Mr. Bernat expanded on the regulations and conditions of the soil.
Mr. Cundiff feels the plans look good. He has drafted some conditions on approval, which he reviewed with the Board. Mr. Cundiff agreed with comments submitted by Mr. Chesebrough and will include them. He will calculate a value for the surety. “Hours of Operation” he borrowed from the solar panel decision. Stumps and trees need to be hauled off site or chipped and used. Commercially registered construction vehicles associated with the project are not to use Charles Street to travel to and from the site. The last page is no longer applicable. Mr. Cundiff would like to add a condition to ask the applicant to meet with the Board of Health and satisfy any conditions they may have.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to close the Public Hearing, Upton Site Remediation, LLC (SPR 13081) Application for Site Plan Review, 466 Northeast Main Street, Map 140, Parcel 7. Mr. Werme seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to approve Upton Site Remediation, LLC (SPR 13081) Application for Site Plan Review, 466 Northeast Main Street, Map 140, Parcel 7 with conditions as discussed. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Bernat left the meeting.

1. Les Stevens-Zoning Discussion: Mr. Stevens joined the meeting. He gave a breakdown of the items that were discussed at the previous meeting, and he gave a brief slide presentation and agenda. Mr. Stevens stated that the change in the zoning would not create any additional lots. Mr. Cundiff disagreed. A discussion was held.
Mr. Stevens’ recommendation would be to go down to 60,000 sq ft. and 150’ of frontage. The zoning change would make 22 non-conforming lots into18 conforming and 4 non-conforming lots. A discussion was held including frontage and set-backs.
It was the consensus of the board to instruct Mr. Cundiff to get a draft to the next Board of Selectmen meeting in two weeks.
2. Zoning Discussion: IND to RA-Monroe Street. Atty. Henry Lane joined the meeting. He is representing companies that own approximately 40 acres of land on Monroe Street, which is in an industrial zone. Everything along Monroe Street is residential. There is no practical way to get industrial traffic to the industrial zone. Mr. Cundiff recommended contacting the Economic Development Commission to let them know their plans. A discussion was held.
It was the consensus of the board to move forward. They instructed Mr. Cundiff to prepare something for the Board of Selectmen for their next meeting.
The board took a 10 minute recess.
3. SBA, Inc., Bosma Cell Tower Bond, Northeast Main Street: Mr. Cundiff stated that Town Counsel does not have a problem with the request, however they did have some recommendations to update the language in the bonding for the next time. A discussion was held.
4. CMRPC: Technical Assistance for 43D sites: Mr. Cundiff stated that there are two sites that CMRPC is offering to include in a report. It will not cost the Town any money or regional planning hours. He has sent this to the Board of Selectmen and the Economic Development Commission. It was the consensus of the Board to instruct Mr. Cundiff to move forward with CMRPC.

MINUTES: January 14, 2014
Approval of the January 14, 2014 Planning Board meeting minutes was deferred to the next meeting.

There were no items to discuss. Ms. Sharkey recused herself and left the meeting.

DISCUSSION (Continued)
5. Louis Tusino, Cardinal Drive, Decision: Mr. Cundiff came up with a final draft. It is similar to the last denial. According to Town Counsel, the motion failed to get 4 affirmative votes, which would be a majority of the board, so the motion to approve failed. A discussion was held.
6. Zoning Change: Gleason Court: Mr. Cundiff stated that the Board of Selectmen authorized him to go ahead with a public hearing to change the zoning of Gleason Court from VR to VB. They are looking to get this done for the May Town Meeting.
Mr. Cundiff will try to get a road layout done for the Annual Town Meeting to extend Gleason Ct. up to the primary school because of an issue with a right-of-way and the school driveway.

1. Louis Tusino, Cardinal Drive, Decision.

Mr. Zwicker made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:44 PM. Mr. Werme seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
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