Minutes of a
Meeting of the Planning Board held on
WAYNE BRADLEY, CLERK
PETER O’CAIN, ASST. TOWN ENGINEER
Meeting called to order. The Minutes of the
FORM A PLANS
78A and 70 Cedar Street, H. Glaser
applicant. This Form A had come
before the Board previously, but there was a legal question that needed a
response from Town Counsel, which had been received. The applicant was taking a piece out of one
to and adding to another lot to be able to install a septic system. The question the board needed to answer was
whether this is a subdivision under the lega
Mr. Glaser explained that the reason they were seeking this change was to improve the environment and correct existing septic problems.
Mr. Cohen said that if there was a problem with a lot, the Board could require that it be labeled as unbuildable on the plans. He further said that if Town Counsel opined that the Board should endorse the plan, than he thought the Board should do so.
then moved to approve the Form as for
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Messrs. Welton and Caulder were in on behalf of the Simpson Company to present this subdivision to the Board. They first explained that the company is 50 years old and all they deal with is apartments. They do not build single family homes. They consist of a wide spectrum of rentals – from condominium, to low income and to luxury. They are all multifamily units.
the current proposal on
asked if they had other developments in the
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asked if they would need to obtain any approvals from
The applicant and the Board went over Mr. O’Cain’s memorandum reviewing the proposal.
#1. Some type of pumping station will probably be required to get the water to the site as the nearest connection was at the intersection at Bickford’s Restaurant, which was about 3000’ feet away. Mr. O’Cain added that they would probably have to put in a larger pipe than normally required. The new Lexus dealership next door was looking at bringing in water also so they may also be involved in bringing the water up.
#2. The leaching field would probably have to be the size of one of the buildings and the have to treat all septic on site with some type of separate field and treatment tanks. They are confident that this can be done and would not be cost prohibitive.
#3. Access to the parcel would be from Route 1 and is allowable by deed. They have already spoken with the Mass. Highway Department. It appears from his preliminary research that they do have access, but he said don’t hold him to this until the project is reviewed.
#4. The applicant has not as yet met with Conservation Commission, but are planning to do so. Greg Meister, the CC’s agent, was at the preliminary Selectmen’s meeting. Mr. Meister was glad to see that the subdivision would not be encroaching on the wetlands.
#5. The subdivision will include a mixture of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms units. They are limited on what they can put in because of the parking situation. Mr. Bradley asked them if they had considered building a garage structure? They had not. He then asked if they were able to find adequate parking, would they consider expanding the scope of the project? Mr. Welton answered that parking the is major problem. The cost of building an underground garage is prohibitive, so they would have to explore other options. They are looking to have some overflow parking further down on the site or behind the buildings. Mr. O’Cain added that they did need to consider additional parking, as there was no parking on Route 1 and since parking is already tight, there would be no where for guests to park.
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Mr. Bradley then asked what issues the applicant would face of they were to increase the number of stories in the buildings. Mr. Caulder answered that it was cost issue. Up to four stories, they use one type of framing, after that you are required by law to use a different type which is much more expensive. You also have different fire codes which you need to adhere to. However, Mr. Caulder said that if the Board wanted them to revisit increasing the density for the project, they would be happy to do so.
Mr. Cohen explained that because this project is strictly rental, the Town would get 100% towards its goal of affordable housing. Therefore, it would be beneficial both to the applicant and to the Town if the applicant could increase the number of units.
Mr. Cohen asked what the applicant’s schedule was. Mr. Welton answered that they were had some homework to do, and wanted to go back and revisit the subdivision with all the input they’ve received. However, they hope to get their eligibility letter filed by the end of this year. They still need to meet with other Board’s in the Town, and hope to be able to meet with the Board of Selectmen with a formal presentation some time in late January.
Mr. Puritz of the Selectmen’s office asked if the applicant was going to have any additional use of the property. Mr. Caulder answered that there were limitations to the premises, because of the slopes, trees, water, etc. They were hoping to keep the site as natural looking as possible, with maybe adding some walking trails and some benches placed to enjoy the wooded areas. If they can find where to put it, they would consider a pool or grill area, and maybe a clubhouse. He also noted that the Guttierez family was going to retain ownership of the back lot and maybe do something with it at a later time.
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Ms. Maniscalco thanked Messrs. Caulder and Welton for coming in to present this information and said the Board would look forward to hearing from them again.
III. OTHER BUSINESS
---Ms. Maniscalco reminded the Board that place marks for any zoning changes to be brought to spring town meeting had to be in by the second week in January.
Meeting Schedule will be as follows:
December 14, 28 (discussing CSD amendments and rezoning across from
Shaw’); January 11 (waterbanking by-law; wastewater
---The Board was asked to review the Rules and Regulations and make note of any changes that should be made. The R&R’s will be updated in the spring.
---Mr. Cohen then moved to go into Executive Session to review pending litigation. Seconded by Mr. Lauenstein and unanimously voted.
IV. There being no further business before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at