March 27, 2018 Planning Board meeting

March 27, 2018 Planning Board meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Sun May 13, 2018 4:41 pm

PLANNING BOARD MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2018

A meeting of the Planning Board was held on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Mr. Marks 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: Ernest Marks (Chairman), Ken Ballou, Michael Greco, Tracy Sharkey (Vice Chairperson-left 7:21 PM), Aaron Socrat, Michael Zwicker
ABSENT: Les Stevens
NON-VOTING: William Cundiff (Town Engineer)

7:03 PM ANR PLAN: JOHN A. KOCUR (#2018-07), 18 Caswell Court.
Byron Andrews of Andrews Survey and Engineering joined the meeting. Mr. Kocur is asking to cut out a conforming lot around the existing house, and the rest of the land would be a separate, buildable lot. The frontage would be on Caswell Court.
Mr. Cundiff stated that all of his comments have been addressed. Taxes have all been paid.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to endorse the ANR Plan (#2018-07) for John A. Kocur, 18 Caswell Court. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-6.

DISCUSSION:
1. Notice of Intent to Sell: MGL Chapter 61, Section 8: Sale of Property of Estate of Alice Chase, Orange Street, Douglas, MA. Mr. Cundiff stated that in the packet is a letter from the law office of Corey Lee in regard to lot 2 on Orange Street. The attorney’s letter mentions 10 acres, however the property is 5 acres.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to recommend to the Board of Selectmen to not act on the Town’s Right of First Refusal for Chase Road, Lot #2. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-6.
2. Deer Crossing Subdivision: Woodland Road Monuments. Mr. Cundiff received a letter regarding a few boundary monuments on Woodland Road along the right-of-way. They are asking for relief from putting concrete monuments in locations where there are obstructions, such as ledge. Ms. Sharkey asked that holes not be drilled in large boulders, however Mr. Cundiff stated that that has already been done. Mr. Cundiff does not see this request as a deviation of the plan.

7:20 PM PUBLIC HEARING: GUARANTEED BUILDERS (GBI) & DEVELOPERS, INC., APPLICATION FOR AN EARTH REMOVAL SPECIAL PERMIT (ER-180312), 37 Glen Street.
Mr. Marks opened the public hearing. Ms. Sharkey recused herself and left the meeting. Bill Pybas of GBI joined the meeting. The plan was originally approved by the Planning Board in 2007, however GBI was not ready to start building houses. They are asking for this board to approve the permit with the same conditions applied in 2007.
Mr. Cundiff stated that when a waiver is requested for setbacks from property lines, letters from the adjacent property owners is usually obtained. GBI will be grading within 100’ of the property lines of the abutter to the south and The Water/Sewer Dept. to the south. A letter was obtained from the Water/Sewer Dept., but not from the other abutter. The Board decided that a letter from the abutter to the south must be obtained. Mr. Tusino will reach out to the abutter.
Louis Tusino of GBI stated that he renewed the Special Permit, however Mr. Cundiff says that he did not. The pit was never used and Mr. Tusino never received his surety back. Mr. Cundiff stated that typically, he receives a letter from the applicant asking for the return of the surety. A letter was not received. The review and inspection (53e and 53g) has been posted; the surety has not.
In the area where they are grading close to the Town’s boundary line, Mr. Cundiff suggested GBI put up a barrier as a physical boundary to the property line when they start the work. Mr. Pybas agreed.
One waiver request regards a test pit that has grading less than 10’ from high ground water. Mr. Cundiff asked if GBI can comply with the requirement. Mr. Pybas agreed. A possible error was noted on the plan. Mr. Tusino will look into it.
Mr. Cundiff asked for detail of the cross section of the restoration and for signage details.
The applicant has asked that the surety value of the project be set at $14,000. In the past, $14,000/acre has been allowed. The plan shows a 4’ high, stepped retaining wall with 10 tiers that vary in length from 80’-100’. If the Town has to finish the project, the Town would have to build that wall, and surety would need to be posted to cover the cost of that construction. Mr. Cundiff would prefer to not have the retaining wall. Mr. Tusino stated that the wall was there before and he was not charged surety for it. Mr. Zwicker explained how a surety is used to protect the Town.
Andrew Gorman of Northbridge spoke on behalf of Keith Bemis, 31 Glen Street. He stated that Mr. Bemis is concerned about runoff into his pond and the pond drying out due to the excavation. Mr. Marks explained that those issues come under the jurisdiction of the Conservation Commission.
Waivers for the following sections of the bylaw were discussed: 6.1.6.3, 6.1.6.4,
6.1.6.6 (Mr. Pybas stated that before they withdraw this waiver request, he wants to check with his engineer), and 6.1.7.2.
Mr. Cundiff feels the applicant should request a waiver for 6.1.4.6 for the amount and cost of proposed restoration materials and where the applicant intends to get them. The applicant needs to either provide the information or request a waiver.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to continue the public hearing for Guaranteed Builders & Developers, Application for an Earth Removal Special Permit (ER-180312), 37 Glen Street to April 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-5.

DISCUSSION: (Cont.).
3. 2018-06 ZBA Application: Andrew & Ruth Parker, 42 Shore Road (Variance). Mr. Zwicker stated that the applicant’s two lots combined are short 21’ for the required frontage and short 46,000 sq. ft. The lots on Shore Road pre-date zoning. The Board had no objection.
4. 2018-07 ZBA Application: Louis Tusino, 103 Shore Road (Variance). Mr. Socrat stated that the lot does not meet the current zoning for frontage or area, therefore a special permit is needed. A discussion was held. The Board had no objection.
5. 2018-08 ZBA Application: Louis Tusino, 103 Shore Road (Special Permit). See discussion #4 above. The Board had no objection.
6. Sign Vouchers. There were no vouchers to sign.
7. Minutes: January 9, January 23, February 13, and March 6, 2018
Mr. Greco made a motion to approve the January 9, 2018 (draft-3) minutes of the Planning Board meeting as presented. Mr. Socrat seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-5.
Mr. Greco made a motion to approve the January 23, 2018 minutes of the Planning Board meeting as presented. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-4. Mr. Ballou abstained.
Mr. Ballou made a motion to approve the February 13, 2018 minutes of the Planning Board meeting as presented. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-5.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to approve the March 6, 2018 minutes of the Planning Board meeting as presented. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-5.

OTHER BUSINESS:
Mr. Cundiff stated that the Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission will be providing a revised proposal that spans two years so that they can help with the zoning map.

8:30 PM ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to adjourn the Planning Board meeting at 8:30 PM. Mr. Ballou seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,


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