July 10, 2018 Planning Board Meeting

July 10, 2018 Planning Board Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:04 pm

PLANNING BOARD MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2018

A meeting of the Planning Board was held on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. 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.

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

7:02 PM CENTRAL MASS REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION (CMRPC).
Ron Baron of CMRPC joined the meeting. Mr. Cundiff stated that the Board plans to use local technical assistance (LTA) hours to look at zoning maps. Mr. Baron presented the proposal, which will use 26 LTA hours. CMRPC will look at the maps and work with a GIS team to draft maps to reflect changes, review those changes with the Board and create a refined map. The Board was in agreement with the scope of work.
The Board is concerned with zoning lines that go through some properties, and they would like those instances cleared up. Mr. Baron confirmed that any changes to the map would require a public hearing and approval at town meeting. Mr. Cundiff clarified that the first step is to identify areas of concern. A public hearing or informal meeting would then be held with all the property owners that have split zones within their property lines to discuss the zoning.
Mr. Cundiff stated that Town Administrator Matt Wojcik can run a GIS to see which parcels have multiple districts. Mr. Baron can also generate that list.
A discussion was held.

7:23 PM PUBLIC HEARING: (AA-180606) NORMAN & BERNADETTE KING: Application for an Accessory Apartment Special Permit, 21 Wallis Street.
Mr. Marks opened the public hearing. Mr. King joined the meeting. He is proposing to build a new house with an in-law apartment of less than 900 sq. ft. for his parents. Once the new house is complete, the existing house will be torn down.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to close the public hearing and grant the special permit for the accessory apartment for (AA-180606) for Norman and Bernadette King, 21 Wallis Street, with standard conditions. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-6.
Mr. Cundiff will draft a decision, circulate it electronically and let the Board know when it is ready to be signed.

7:32 PM PUBLIC HEARING: (AQ, SPR, SP-180619) NEW ENGLAND REALTY VENTURES, LLC, Applications for an Aquifer Protection Special Permit, Site Plan Review Permit and a Special Permit, 74 Main Street.
Mr. Marks opened the public hearing. Attys. George Kiritsy, Mark Lee and Angela Cormier joined the meeting. Also present was Civil Engineer Russell Cyr of Alfred Benesch & Co. and Traffic Engineer Jennifer Conley. Atty. Kiritsy stated that the property is a flat, vacant parcel just under 5.5 acres at the intersection of Riedell Road and Rte. 16. There is 560 feet of frontage on Rte. 16. The applicant is proposing a commercial building with retail and office space with onsite parking for 37 vehicles and an onsite traffic queue for 35 vehicles. The site will be accessed from Rte. 16 and Riedell.
Traffic studies were done during peak traffic times and showed that this building would have no negative impacts on either Riedell or Rte. 16. Atty. Kiritsy showed the onsite traffic flow.
The applicant has explored creating a turning lane on Rte. 16 with a queue for five cars. Mr. Zwicker feels that the turning lane was state mandated.
Atty. Kiritsy stated that the new development will not generate new traffic. Mr. Cundiff countered that there will be additional traffic using the intersection at Riedell. Mr. Marks asked about relocating the pole outside of the paved area at Riedell and Rte. 16. Atty. Kiritsy stated that moving the pole is not feasible.
Ms. Conley stated that the utility company needs to move the pole and that is out of their control. Ms. Conley sated that an island and/or signage could be designed to make the traffic flow more clear. Ms. Sharkey suggested coordinating the moving of that pole to when the utility company installs poles for the commercial building. Mr. Cyr stated that there are no new poles associated with the project. A discussion was held. Mr. Cundiff suggested speaking more about this at the next meeting.
Mr. Zwicker feels the dumpster area is too narrow. There is not enough room for a tractor trailer.
Ms. Conley will provide an electronic copy of the traffic study and an executive summary. Mr. Cundiff asked for an intersection sight distance and cornering site distances. Ms. Sharkey asked that solar glare be taken into consideration. Mr. Cyr stated that tractor trailers will be either prohibited or accommodated.
Ms. Sharkey asked that the onsite septic be designed to accommodate the acidity of the coffee.
At the next meeting, Mr. Cyr will speak about the reason why this application triggers the Water Resource Protection Overlay District. He spoke a bit about the stormwater design. No water will leave the site.
Mr. Cundiff will not contact National Grid regarding moving the pole due to safety until it is known that the project will be going forward. The Planning Board made it clear that they want the pole to be moved and the intersection improved. Atty. Kiritsy suggested they come back with a plan that shows no pole and an improved intersection.
Atty. Lee reviewed the items on the punch list: a revised plan showing an improved intersection at Riedell without the pole, relocate the dumpster, improve the truck-turn area, send email copies of the updated traffic study with an executive summary, new data on intersection sight distances, accommodate tractor trailer trucks on the plan or add signage prohibiting tractor trailers, and information for discussion as to why they are triggering the watershed overlay. The Board asked to know what type of lighting will be used. Mr. Cundiff asked for signage details. He referred to the Town’s sign bylaw.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to continue the public hearing for (AQ, SPR, SP-180619) New England Realty Ventures, LLC, 74 Main Street to August 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-6.

8:24 PM PUBLIC HEARING: (ER-180619) ESTATE OF HARRY BEDOIAN & PYNE SAND & STONE COMPANY, INC., Gilboa Street.
Mr. Marks opened the public hearing. Jim Pyne of Pyne Sand & Stone and Ron Tubman of Guerrier and Halnon joined the meeting. Mr. Tubman stated that Pyne Sand & Stone has been working under the permit granted in 2016. The applicant is applying to take down the rest of the hill consisting of 11.8 acres. The runoff will be handled onsite. There will be an area onsite where water will be allowed to sit and infiltrate.
Contours showing groundwater elevations were added to the plan. Mr. Cundiff has not had time to review the plan in detail.
Mr. Cundiff stated that there will be grade changes as a result of the approved proposed industrial subdivision road that comes in opposite Old Lackey Dam Road. Mr. Cundiff would prefer to get the master plan all done and permitted and have the work done in 10-acre increments. Mr. Pyne explained the reasoning behind doing things the way they are doing them.
Mr. Tubman will get the revised waiver requests to Mr. Cundiff tomorrow.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to continue the public hearing for (ER-180619) The Estate of Harry Bedoian and Pyne Sand & Stone Company, Inc., Gilboa Street to August 14, 2018 at 8:00 PM. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-6.

8:50 PM PUBLIC MEETING: (ANR 2018-14) ESTATE OF PAUL J. CONN, Application for a Lot Frontage Exception Plan, 64 Birch Street.
Mr. Marks opened the public meeting. Jeff Herman joined the meeting and presented the plans that have been revised since 6/9/18. There are no new lines on this plan. Mr. Cundiff did not have any comments.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to endorse the Lot Frontage Exception Plan for (ANR 2018-14) Estate of Paul J. Conn, 64 Birch Street. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-6.

8:57 PM PUBLIC MEETING: (ANR 2018-15) THE COSMA REALTY TRUST, ANR Plan Application, 202 Maple Street.
Mr. Marks opened the public meeting. Byron Andrews of Andrews Survey and Engineering joined the meeting to present the plan. The applicants are asking to separate the land into two parcels. Parcel A will later be combined with a residential subdivision.
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to endorse the ANR plan for (ANR 2018-15) The Cosma Realty Trust, 202 Maple Street. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-6.

DISCUSSION:
1. Residential Subdivision: 56 Yew Street. Mark Allen of Allen Engineering Associates joined the meeting on behalf of Dan Heney and presented two plans. The first plan was a conventional layout with 9 residential lots of single-family homes around a cul-de-sac. The second plan showed the 9 lots in a cluster development, with a shorter road and the perimeter area (14 acres) saved as open space. The advantage to the second plan was that the road is shorter by a couple hundred feet. There is 1500’ of frontage on the Rail Trail. A discussion was held.
The plans do not meet all the requirements for a conventional subdivision. The number of lots will be 9 or less. According to the bylaw, the plan should not be designed based on waivers. Ms. Sharkey reviewed the bylaw.
Mr. Allen will do a plan with a 1000’ cul-de-sac, and he will speak with Mr. Heney about the number of lots.
2. North Woods Definitive Subdivision: Request for Release of Funds. Ms. Sharkey made a motion to release the balance of $1,653.88, plus accrued interest to date, for North Woods Definitive Subdivision 53(g) account. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion.
3. The Lane at Hunt’s Pond. Mr. Cundiff stated that he has been holding the covenant and the signed mylars for the Lane because he is waiting for an agreement with the Water/Sewer Dept. regarding constructing a section of the water line from the cul-de-sac to Brookside Drive. There is still no agreement. The developer will now construct that section of the water line. This change modifies the language of the covenant, which Town Counsel has reviewed. Mr. Cundiff has given Allen Riley a copy of the revisions. He will let the Board know when the new covenant is ready to be signed.
4. Pyne Sand & Stone: Request for Release of Bosma Bond (ER-180312). Mr. Cundiff stated that he visited the site two weeks ago. The restoration looks substantially complete, however the erosion rivulets have not been fixed. An as-built has not been provided. The grades look close to what the Board approved. Jim Pyne joined the meeting. A discussion was held.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to release the surety for Pyne Sand & Stone, Bosma Bond (ER-180312) in the amount of $45,000 pending submittal of an as-built showing compliance with the approved plan. Mr. Ballou seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-6.
5. iPad/Chromebook. Mr. Cundiff suggested using tablets during meetings to save paper and staff time for packet assembly. The Town Administrator is in agreement. A discussion was held. The Board was in agreement with the concept. Mr. Cundiff will research costs.
6. Subdivision Regulations. There was no discussion.
7. Solar Regulations (Webster Example). There was no discussion.
8. Sign Vouchers. Ms. Sharkey made a motion to pay $2,266.71 for the CMRPC annual membership fee. Mr. Ballou seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-6.
9. Minutes: June 12, 2018.
Mr. Greco made a motion to approve the June 12, 2018 Planning Board meeting minutes as amended. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-6.

OTHER BUSINESS:
Ms. Sharkey stated that the form states that Abutter Notification is $5: the form should be changed. Mr. Cundiff stated that it would be best to have a hearing. Mr. Cundiff will distribute the Fee Schedule at the next meeting.
Ms. Sharkey asked to research less expensive newspapers in which to advertise.
Chapter 61 Land – Two lots on Orange Street. Ms. Sharkey made a motion to recommend to the Board of Selectmen to waive their Right of First Refusal for the lot shown as lot 1, a 6.24 acre parcel, as well as 47 Orange Street which contains 2.38 acres, the Estate of Alice Chase. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-6.
Mr. Cundiff has called and emailed Emerald Leasing regarding flooding on Isabella Drive, and he has not heard back from them. Mr. Cundiff will send them a Certified Letter.

9:39 PM ADJOURNMENT:
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to adjourn the Planning Board meeting at 9:39 PM. Mr. Socrat seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,


Mary Wright
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