April 14, 2015 Planning Board Meeting

April 14, 2015 Planning Board Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Sun May 10, 2015 1:27 pm

PLANNING BOARD MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015

A meeting of the Planning Board was held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Mr. Marks called the meeting to order at 7:04 PM and announced that the meeting is being recorded and will be available on cable and on the website.

ATTENDANCE:
PRESENT: Ernest Marks (Chairman), Ken Ballou, Eben Chesebrough (Vice Chairman), Michael Greco, Tracy Sharkey (arrived 7:08 PM), Robert Werme, Jr., Michael Zwicker, William Cundiff (Town Engineer)
ABSENT:

7:04 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: NEW ENGLAND REALTY VENTURES, LLC (AQ 141222): Application for a Water Resource Protection Overlay District (WRPOD) aka Aquifer Protection Special Permit, and
PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: NEW ENGLAND REALTY VENTURES, LLC (SPR 141222): Application for Site Plan Review, 74 Main Street
Mr. Marks stated that the applicant has requested a continuance.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to continue the public hearings for AQ 141222 and SPR 141222, New England Realty Ventures, LLC, Application for a Water Resource Protection Overlay District and Application for Site Plan Review, 74 Main Street to April 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to amend the previous motion to change the time for the continuation to 7:30 PM. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

DISCUSSION:
1. Minutes: 2/10, 2/24. These minutes were approved at the March 10, 2015 meeting.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to approve the March 10, 2015 Planning Board meeting minutes as amended. Mr. Werme seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
2. Stonegate Estates: Road Layout/ Plans: Norm Gamache of Guerriere and Halnon, Jim McGray and Mr. Rafferty joined the meeting. Mr. Cundiff stated that the street acceptance policy and general bylaw requires that a petition for a road acceptance be submitted before October 1. Stonegate Estates petitioned for road acceptance in September 9, 2014 and they are looking for acceptance for all of Old Carriage Lane, a portion of Cobblestone Lane and a portion of Meetinghouse Lane. Phase 4 does not have lot releases. Mr. Cundiff presented the items in the packet. The abutters were notified of the Board of Selectmen meeting. An article is on the Town Meeting Warrant for May 4, 2015.
The applicant has received a Certificate of Compliance from the Conservation Commission. The applicant is asking that the Planning Board not require the submittal of an As-Built Plan. Mr. Cundiff stated that they do have all the inspection forms. It is a well-built subdivision. There have not been any drainage problems. Mr. Cundiff does not know the pitch of the pipes. A discussion was held.
It was the consensus of the Planning Board that the applicant does not have to submit As-Builts at this time, however the Board did not want to waive the requirement to submit As-Builts. The Town Meeting vote is recorded no more than 120 days after Town Meeting.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to recommend to the Board of Selectmen to accept a portion of Old Meetinghouse Lane, all of Old Carriage Lane and a portion of Cobblestone Lane within the subdivision known as Stonegate Estates as further shown in detail in the engineering plans dated March 3, 2015 by Guerriere and Halnon. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

7:34 PM PUBLIC HEARING: DAVID HARRIS (SR15.0312): Application for a Scenic Road Permit, 23 Oak Street
Mr. Marks opened the public hearing. David Harris joined the meeting. Mr. Cundiff stated that work has begun. Part of the wall was taken down, a couple trees were removed, and the driveway was partially constructed. The plans show that the wall will be reconstructed on either side of the driveway. Mr. Harris was not aware that he needed a Scenic Road Permit. Mr. Harris stated that he needs the driveway to place his 42’ camper. The plan calls for a 28’wide paved driveway. Mr. Harris has a driveway permit from the Highway Superintendent, which was issued in the fall.
Leon Mosczynski, 60 Oak Street suggested that some trees, perhaps flowering crabtrees, be planted to replace the trees that were removed. Mr. Harris agreed. The Planning Board agreed that three trees be planted within the right-of-way.
It was suggested that a condition be added that all drainage issues be mitigated in accordance with the Highway Superintendent. A drainage plan needs to be approved by the Highway Superintendent prior to paving.
Shirley Mosczynski, 60 Oak Street agreed with Ms. Sharkey that public shade trees are important to the Town and the Town should be required to check that work has been completed as conditioned in the Special Permit.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to close the public hearing, Application for Scenic Road Permit (SR 15.0312), 23 Oak Street. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to approve the Application for Scenic Road Permit (SR 15.0312), 23 Oak Street, David Harris with the following conditions: he shall plant three flowering crabtrees to be placed on the easterly side of the existing stone wall and further, the stone wall is rebuilt as shown on the submitted plan and further, the proposed driveway opening shall not exceed 28’ in width, and a drainage plan must be approved by the Highway Superintendent prior to paving the driveway. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

DISCUSSION (Cont.):
3. Gleason Court: Road Layout/Plans: Mr. Cundiff presented the plans. He stated that the Old Grammar School Disposition Committee has been working to solicit interest is reusing the old Grammar School. The School Committee requested that Gleason Court be laid out as a public way, because a portion of it is just a right-of-way. Most of the property lies within Town of Douglas owned property. Parcel A is owned by the Methodist Church Society. He has met with the board members of that church society, who are waiting to hear back from their superiors. Mr. Cundiff is working with Atty. Jay Talerman. The Town is not interested in taking the property. All of the paperwork is ready to go forward with an easement taking if the Methodist Church Society is in agreement. A discussion was held.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to recommend to the Board of Selectmen to lay out Gleason Court as shown on the plan entitled, “Plan to Show Road Layout: Gleason Court, Douglas, MA” dated April 10, 2015 by Heritage Design Group. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
4. Whitin Reservoir Estates: Review/Sign Lot Releases. Mr. Cundiff stated that Lori did not complete some of the necessary items. This discussion will be continued to the next meeting.
5. Evergreen Estates: Solicit Pricing for Inspection. Mr. Cundiff has met with the developer and they will start pre-construction meetings soon. It was the consensus of the Board to authorize Mr. Cundiff to solicit pricing for on-site inspections.
6. Subdivisions: Street Sweeping. Mr. Cundiff will be sending out his annual letters to the developers regarding street sweeping. He did mention to the developers in the fall of last year that they need to start finalizing the projects that have been going on for years with no activity.
7. Sign: Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension: Mark & Teddianne Parent, 67 Northwest Main Street. Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to approve the Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension, Mark and Teddianne Parent, 67 Northwest Main Street. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
8. Sign: Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension: Jeffrey Reger, 199 Walnut Street. Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to approve the Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension, Jeffrey Reger, 199 Walnut Street. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

OPEN SESSION:
Mr. Cundiff stated that he received another complaint regarding Northeast and Monroe regarding the earth removal operation and the hours of operation. He sent an email to Jim Pyne to remind his employees of the hours, and he said that he would.
Mr. Pyne’s employees that live at the old Sullivan house wanted to cut firewood on a Saturday.
Regarding the zoning petition article for Monroe Street on the Town Meeting Warrant, it is Atty. Rich Bowen’s opinion that this qualifies as a Repetitive Petition. Mr. Cundiff is waiting to get documents from Town Counsel. Mr. Chesebrough asked that someone from the Economic Development Committee to come to a Planning Board meeting to provide input on this parcel of land. Mr. Cundiff will put out another query to the Worcester Business Development Commission (WBDC) regarding their latest report.
Mr. Cundiff went to Cliff Street Scrap Yard to make sure that all of the Planning Board’s conditions have been satisfied, and they have.

8:29 PM ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:29 PM. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,


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