October 10, 2017 Planning Board Meeting

October 10, 2017 Planning Board Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:57 pm

PLANNING BOARD MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017

A meeting of the Planning Board was held on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 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, Michael Greco, Tracy Sharkey (Vice Chairperson-arrived 7:17 PM), Aaron Socrat, Les Stevens, Michael Zwicker
ABSENT:
NON-VOTING: William Cundiff (Town Engineer)

7:04 PM PUBLIC HEARING: DOUGLAS PLANNING BOARD, Proposed Amendment to the Zoning Bylaws: Appendix A, Schedule of the Regulations, Page 4 of 4, Item F.1. Other Uses “For Drive-Through or Drive-Up Window or Facility at Otherwise Authorized Use or as Free-Standing Structure at Kiosk”.
Mr. Marks opened the public hearing. Mr. Cundiff stated that Site Plan Review was originally with the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). Town Meeting transferred that responsibility to the Planning Board. At a recent application, there was a lot of overlap of discussion, specifically regarding traffic and traffic safety. Both the ZBA and Planning Board thought it would be prudent to have that discussion with one board so as not to have conflicting opinions. This change places the authority for issuance of a special permit for a drive-through or drive-up window from the ZBA to the Planning Board. From the applicant’s perspective, the procedure would be streamlined. A discussion was held.
Mr. Stevens made a motion to approve the amendment to the Zoning Bylaws: Appendix A, Schedule of the Regulations, Page 4 of 4, Item F.1. Other Uses “For Drive-Through or Drive-Up Window or Facility at Otherwise Authorized Use or as Free-Standing Structure at Kiosk”. Mr. Socrat seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Stevens made a motion to recommend approval of Article 9 at the Special Town Meeting. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

7:06 PM ANR PLAN: JOHN R. KOSLAK (#2017-15), 96 Southwest Main Street.
JP Connelly of Andrews Survey and Engineering joined the meeting. The owners of Parcel 2 are going to retain a portion of Mr. Koslak’s lot, Parcel A. Mr. Connelly has added language to the plan that Parcel A is not a separate, buildable lot. He also provided a small locus map indicating the property abutters. The smaller lot is now conforming.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to endorse the ANR plan for John R. Koslak (#2017-15), 96 Southwest Main Street. Mr. Socrat seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

7:22 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: CAROL GOGOLINSKI & WILLIAM COGLEY, Application for a Definitive Subdivision Plan (DEF-170222) Entitled “Gilboa Court Extension”, 30 Gilboa Court.
JP Connelly of Andrews Survey and Engineering joined the meeting. He stated that the Board of Selectmen (BOS) approved the offsite improvements of using sod in lieu of a rip rap wall. The water main will be relocated within the road rather than in the lawn and sloped area. The BOS also approved a surety in the amount of $306,000.
Mr. Connelly presented a revised waiver request list. The applicant is asking for waivers from the following sections of the bylaw: 4.2.2.j, 5.1.1.e, 5.1.3.e, 5.1.4.a, 6.1.4, 6.2, 6.4, and 6.6.
The project design incorporates overland swales and eliminates the need for catch basins and underground drainage pipes. The grading would have to be adjusted to accommodate catch basins. The swales are all within the right-of-way. The Town will have stormwater and maintenance easements.
Mr. Connelly proposed precast concrete berms. There are no curbs or berms on the existing Gilboa Court. Mr. Socrat suggested granite, as it is more durable. Ms. Gogolinski was amenable. There will be two retention basins.
Mr. Connelly will revise the plan to include Mr. Cundiff’s comments and granite berms. He requested that the Board consider drafting a decision before the next meeting in anticipation of approval. Mr. Connelly will get a set of plans to Mr. Cundiff early next week. Mr. Cundiff had no objection to drafting a decision.
Felix Yacino, 24 Gilboa Court is concerned about run-off onto his property during construction. Mr. Marks replied that the developer is responsible for clean-up. Mr. Cundiff asked Mr. Yacino to contact him with any issues.
Mr. Yacino asked for an explanation as to why the surveyor’s stakes are not all the same distance from the road. Mr. Connelly replied that the edges of the pavement are not parallel with each other and the pavement varies in width. Mr. Cundiff explained that older roads often meander within the boundaries of the layout. Mr. Connelly explained that they are adding 4’ to the 14’ wide pavement. They did not balance 2’ on each side because there is an existing landscaped wall/flowerbed area.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to continue the public hearing for an Application for a Definitive Subdivision Plan (DEF-170222) entitled “Gilboa Court Extension”, 30 Gilboa Court, for Carol Gogolinski and William Cogley to October 24, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

7:50 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: ALLEN G. RILEY & HUNTS POND, LLC (DEF-170720), Amend the Application of the Definitive Subdivision Plan Entitled “The Lane at Hunt’s Pond”, 187 Main Street & 229 Main Street.
Ms. Sharkey and Mr. Stevens recused themselves. Atty. Robert Knapik joined the meeting. The issue with access to the Bilodeau’s proposed driveway was resolved. Atty. Knapik and Mr. Cundiff agreed in principle that it would be appropriate to reissue the draft decision with the modifications. Atty. Knapik stated that Mr. Riley and Mr. Bazzett are confident that the Board acted on the waivers and all the requested waivers are in the draft decision circulated in May.
Mr. Cundiff recommended voting on the waivers. Mr. Cundiff is confident that the Board vetted the plans. Nothing that has been changed would affect the waivers. A discussion was held.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to close the public hearing for Allen G. Riley and Hunts Pond, LLC (DEF-170720), Amend the Application of the Definitive Subdivision Plan Entitled “The Lane at Hunt’s Pond”, 187 Main Street and 229 Main Street. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to ratify the waivers as previously approved for Allen G. Riley and Hunts Pond, LLC (DEF-170720), Amend the Application of the Definitive Subdivision Plan Entitled “The Lane at Hunt’s Pond”, 187 Main Street and 229 Main Street. Mr. Socrat seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-5, Ms. Sharkey and Mr. Stevens abstained.
For the next meeting, Mr. Cundiff will draft a decision as though it was an approval.
Ms. Sharkey and Mr. Stevens rejoined the meeting.

DISCUSSION:
1. Sign: Louie Subdivision, “Catherine Way”: Covenant/Release of Covenant & Conditions (DEF-020123). Mr. Cundiff stated that the applicant submitted a covenant and a release of the covenant. Mr. Zwicker made a motion to accept the covenant for Louie Subdivision, “Catherine Way”(DEF-020123). Mr. Ballou seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-6, Ms. Sharkey abstained.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to release the covenant and conditions for Louie Subdivision, “Catherine Way” (DEF-020123). Mr. Ballou seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-6, Ms. Sharkey abstained.
2. Sign: Earth Removal Special Permit: JMT Sleepy Hollow, LLC & James Fitzpatrick, 439 Northeast Main Street and 34 & 36 Davis Street, Phase 3, (ER-170809) & Surety. Mr. Cundiff stated that Mr. Pyne reviewed it. “Jim Pyne as co-applicant” was added.
3. Sign: Mylars, JMT Sleepy Hollow, LLC & James Fitzpatrick, 439 Northeast Main Street & 34 & 36 Davis Street (DEF-160316).
4. Sign: Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension: Mark & Pamela Small, 8 Southwest Main Street. Mr. Zwicker made a motion to extend the Accessory Apartment Special Permit for Mark and Pamela Small, 8 Southwest Main Street. Mr. Stevens seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
5. Sign: Vouchers.
6. Minutes: September 12 & 26, 2017.
Mr. Greco made a motion to approve the September 12, 2017 Planning Board meeting minutes as amended. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Approval of the September 26, 2017 Planning Board meeting minutes was deferred to the next meeting pending clarification from Town Counsel regarding what constitutes a quorum for the Planning Board.

OPEN SESSSION:
Mr. Marks will not be present at the 11/6/17 Special Town Meeting. Ms. Sharkey will present for the Planning Board.
Mr. Zwicker would like the Planning Board to look at the zoning map to clean up the boundaries. Ms. Sharkey suggested that this would be a project for a sub-committee. She also suggested that CMRPC may be able to help with this and what other towns do to remedy the straddling of residential zones. Mr. Zwicker made a motion to contact the Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission to use the RPA hours to look into zoning issues. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Stevens asked for the Board to review a list of the waivers of the last five subdivisions.

8:35 PM ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to adjourn the Planning Board meeting at 8:35 PM. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,


Mary Wright
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