November 14, 2017 Planning Board meeting

November 14, 2017 Planning Board meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:00 pm


A meeting of the Planning Board was held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Mr. Marks called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM and announced that the meeting is being recorded and will be available on cable and on the website.

PRESENT: Ernest Marks (Chairman), Ken Ballou, Michael Greco, Tracy Sharkey (Vice Chairperson), Aaron Socrat, Les Stevens, Michael Zwicker
NON-VOTING: William Cundiff (Town Engineer)

7:02 PM ANR PLAN: Amy E. Nadeau & Kristine A. Murello (#2017-17), Shore Road.
Mr. Jolicoeur joined the meeting and stated that the applicants are looking to split a 6-acre lot in half. Mr. Cundiff explained that this lot used to belong to Lakewood Estates.
Mr. Cundiff spoke with Mr. Jolicoeur who said that his engineer was inaccessible and unable make the edits today. Mr. Cundiff stated that the entire frontage for Lot 2 exceeds a 10% grade, and the site distance triangles are not on the plan. A gentleman in the audience stated that the 10% grade is due to digging out the culvert. A discussion was held.
Mr. Jolicoeur decided to withdraw without prejudice and present again at the next meeting.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to accept the applicant’s withdrawal without prejudice for the ANR plan (#2017-17) for Amy E. Nadeau and Kristine A. Murello, Shore Road. The refilling fee will be waived. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Fred Leja and Deb Bowditch joined the meeting. Ms. Bowditch stated that they wish to purchase a 33’ x 160’ piece of land from their abutters, Joel and Nancy Hughes.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to endorse the ANR plan for Joel P. and Nancy A. Hughes (#2017-18), 22 Railroad Avenue and 2 Brookside Drive. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-6, Mr. Stevens abstained.

7:17 PM ANR PLAN: HEIRS OF ALICE CHASE (#2017-19), Orange Street.
Lance Anderson of Heritage Design Group joined the meeting. The applicant is asking to carve out a 5.19-acre lot from an existing lot. Mr. Cundiff stated that because this is chapter land, it will need to go through the process of Right of First Refusal. Taxes are paid.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to endorse the ANR plan for Heirs of Alice Chase (2017-19), Orange Street. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

1. Conceptual Residential Compound Subdivision Plan: Joseph & Meghan Schlesman, 772 Northwest Main Street. JP Connelly of Andrews Survey and Engineering joined the meeting. The applicants are proposing to come in off of Northwest Main with a common private road and proposing frontage for nine lots of varying size. All lots would exceed 50’ of frontage.
Mr. Cundiff stated that this is a definitive subdivision. He described some of the requirements and waivers that will need to be requested.
Mr. Marks asked if there was any plan to make the landlocked areas accessible with an access easement. Mr. Connelly replied that there was no plan at this time, but he would take it under consideration.
Mr. Cundiff pointed out some items for consideration. There will be significant challenges due to the steep area where they are proposing access to the property and challenges constructing a crossing over the intermittent stream. Mr. Cundiff stated that there is supposed to be a 100’ no disturb zone around the stormwater basin closest to Northwest Main Street. In the bottleneck area, the applicant is not complying with what is shown on the plan of a buffer zone, not less than 30’ in width, of indigenous vegetation separating the common private way from a pre-existing residential lot line.
2. Sign Plans: Carol Gogolinski and William Cogley, Definitive Subdivision Plan (DEF-170222) Entitled “Gilboa Court Extension”, 30 Gilboa Court. JP Connelly of Andrews Survey and Engineering joined the meeting. The following changes to the plan have been made since the last meeting: Gilboa Court is not labeled as public or private, a note was added relaying the conveyance of the lots to the construction of the road, the central mailbox was eliminated but the proposed light in that location was kept, the subdrain now falls entirely within the water line easement, a 20’-wide utility and access easement has been added, plan C-9 has been stamped by a surveyor, and covenant F has been signed. Town Counsel has reviewed and approved the covenant.
3. Sign Decision: Allen G. Riley & Hunts Pond, LLC (DEF-170720), Amendment of the Application of the Definitive Subdivision Plan Entitled “The Lane at Hunt’s Pond”, 187 Main Street and 229 Main Street. Ms. Sharkey and Mr. Stevens recused themselves. Mr. Cundiff stated that the hearing has been closed, the waivers have been granted, but a vote is still needed for the project. Mr. Cundiff drafted a decision, which he shared with the applicant and the abutter. He received correspondence from Mr. Bilodeau and his attorney and the applicant’s attorney.
Mr. Cundiff added a condition regarding grading at the driveway for Mr. Bilodeau’s garage. He read the condition. Mr. Bilodeau would like that grading to occur forthwith as shown on the plan approved by the Board as opposed to having it held until lots are released. Since Mr. Riley is actively selling the property, Mr. Bilodeau is concerned someone else may become the developer and may not know about the grading.
Atty. Robert Knapik stated that the applicant does not object to the condition as written, but does object to the condition changing to a requirement that the plan be provided prior to endorsement. Also, at the last meeting, the garage issue was presented as resolved. The applicant has gone further than he was obligated to and requests that the condition remain as drafted.
Christopher Bilodeau, 175 Main Street stated that the issue is that the applicant has agreed to put in access to his garage, but he is concerned about what the slope will become if Mr. Riley does sell. He feels that the access should have proper slope. Mr. Bilodeau stated that there is still no fully executed agreement. Mr. Zwicker stated that condition 2 states that the Board needs to approve the access prior to the start of construction. Mr. Marks stated that Mr. Bilodeau will get a plan prior to the start of construction.
Atty. Knapik asked to know if the Board had received correspondence from the Water/Sewer Dept. approving the design. Mr. Riley recalls that he met with Water/Sewer and to his recollection, that letter was provided. Mr. Cundiff stated that the letter came early on in the process and since things have changed with the project, an updated letter is needed.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to approve the Application of the Definitive Subdivision Modification Plan Entitled “The Lane at Hunt’s Pond” for Allen G. Riley and Hunts Pond, LLC (DEF-170720), 187 Main Street and 229 Main Street dated June 10, 2016 and revised through September 29, 2017. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Ms. Sharkey and Mr. Stevens rejoined the meeting.
4. Woodland Road: Paving. Mr. Cundiff stated that Woodland Road was paved to Old Farm Road on October 31, 2017. The testing company, Briggs, failed to go out. John Furno, Highway Superintendent, oversaw the construction. Briggs came out a few days later and performed density testing every 100’ along the paved road and found places where the MassDOT requirements of at least minimum compaction were not met. This is finish coat. Adequate thickness was applied.
The developer, Tim Nealon and Peter Fox of P & N Paving joined the meeting. Mr. Nealon stated that Mr. Fox did Old Farm Road a few years ago and it has “held up fine”. He stated that if it had been tested when it was rolled, as it should have been, the results would have been different. The road may not meet the minimums, but it is close. Mr. Fox stated that due to the climate, condensation in the asphalt would throw off the testing. Mr. Cundiff suggested coring. Mr. Marks stated that Mr. Furno is satisfied with the scope of work. A discussion was held.
Mr. Marks acknowledged that there was a concern, however the consensus of the Board was that the developer can move forward. Mr. Zwicker stated that he hoped this decision would not “come back to bite us.”
5. Sign: Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension: David Windoloski, 48 Orange Street (AA-110920). Mr. Zwicker made a motion to approve the Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension for David Windoloski, 48 Orange Street (AA-110920). Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
6. Discussion: Solar Bylaw. Mr. Cundiff asked Town Counsel for three samples of solar bylaws from difference communities. Douglas’ bylaws do not allow solar by-right. The two current solar farms were viewed as a manufacturing use in the Use Table. The question often arises as to where solar can be placed in Douglas. Mr. Cundiff asked if the Board would like to pursue a solar bylaw. The Board was in agreement to create a solar bylaw. Mr. Zwicker asked to see bylaws from local towns.
7. Sign: Vouchers.
8. Minutes: There were no minutes to approve.

Mr. Cundiff stated that or the next meeting, CMRPC will have a proposal to look at the zoning map.

Mr. Zwicker made a motion to adjourn the Planning Board meeting at 8:38 PM. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
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