Planning Board Actions Taken 8/12/19

Planning Board Actions Taken 8/12/19

Agenda Items & Actions Taken (unofficial):

  1. Administrative Items
    1. a. Growth Study Committee Appointments
      1. i. Two (2) At-large positions – Appointed Tim Brennan & Michelle Murdock
      2. ii. Two (2) alternates – Appointed Wilson St. Pierre & David Wheeler
    2. b. Zoning Advisory Committee Appointments
      1. i. Two (2) At-large positions – Appointed John Coutinho (only 1 application received, a 2nd position is still available, as well as 5 associate member positions)
      2. ii. Planning Board representative – Appointed Mary Larson-Marlowe
      3. iii. Confirmation of other Board Liaison positions
        1. Confirmed Appointment of Ted Barker-Hook (Conservation Commission liaison)
        2. Confirmed Appointment of Ron Foisy (Chamber of Commerce liaison)
    3. c. Planning Board Vacancy – Resignation of Patrick Atwell – Interested Residents may apply online by 8/27 
    4. d. Planning Board Administrative Rules Amendments – Accepted
    5. e. Legacy Farms North Bus Stop Issue (John Westerling) – See discussion at 1h39m into the meeting
    6. f. 0 Princeton Road Discussion – discussion then continued to a future meeting
    7. g. Discussion of Future Planning Board Meeting Location – decided to meet at the Public Library in September in the large meeting room due to elevator repairs going on at Town Hall and lack of enough parking behind Town Hall
    8. h. Approval of Minutes – July 8, 2019 – Approved
  2. Continued Public Hearings – Whisper Way OSLPD (Whisper Way/Wood Street) – 1) Amendment to Special Permit Concept Plan; 2) Definitive Subdivision Plan – 20th Century Homes. Proposed 12-lot single family subdivision – 1) proposed amendment to Special Permit Concept Plan reducing the number of building lots to 12; 2) revised definitive subdivision plan REQUEST TO WITHDRAW Accepted
  3. New Public Hearings – Whisper Way OSLPD (Whisper Way/Wood Street) – 1) Amendment to Special Permit Concept Plan; 2) Definitive Subdivision Plan – 20th Century Homes. Proposed 12-lot single family subdivision – 1) proposed amendment to Special Permit Concept Plan reducing the number of building lots to 12; 2) revised definitive subdivision plan. Discussed and Continued to 9/9/19
  4. Continued Public Hearings – Commercial Photovoltaic Solar Facility (0 Wood Street): 1) Special Permit; 2) Stormwater Management Permit – Borrego Solar Proposed 5.0 megawatt Commercial Solar Photovoltaic Installation. REQUEST TO WITHDRAW Accepted
  5. New Public Hearings – Commercial Photovoltaic Solar Facility (0 Wood Street): 1) Special Permit; 2) Stormwater Management Permit – Borrego Solar Proposed 5.0 megawatt Commercial Solar Photovoltaic Installation. REQUEST TO CONTINUE – Continued to 9/23/19 (No Discussion)
  6. Continued Public Hearings – Bucklin St. & Leonard St. – 1) Stormwater Management Permit; 2) Petition to Construct a Paper Street – Wall Street Development Corp. Proposal to construct a paper street entitled “Bucklin Street”; Proposal to construct four (4) single-family homes with driveways, utilities and associated grading. A stormwater management permit is required because the project will result in land disturbance of one acre or more and it is not a “subdivision”. Continued to 9/23/19 (No Discussion)
  7. New Public Hearings – The Trails at Legacy Farms – 1) Amendment to Approved Site Plan and 2) Amendment to Master Plan Special Permit – Heritage Properties. Amendments to the approved Site Plan and Special Permit to address changes necessitated by the approval of Article 37 at 2019 Annual Town Meeting. Discussed and Continued to 8/26/19
  8. New Public Hearing – 97-99 South Street – Minor Site Plan Review – Southfield Properties I, LLC. Proposed amendments to the approved Site Plan for building and site modifications. Discussed and Continued to 9/9/19
  9. New Public Hearing – Fruit Street at Saddle Hill Road – Scenic Road Application – DPW/Acting Tree Warden. For tree cutting/clearing within a scenic road right-of-way for sight distance reasons. Approved

Business to be considered by the Board at any time during the meeting:

  • Presentation regarding Lumber Street/West Main Street improvements – None
  • Legacy Farms North (Section formerly known as Rafferty Road) – Discussion about disrepair – None
  • Peloquin Estates – No-cut easements – None
  • Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness and Climate Change discussion – None
  • Affordable housing/payments-in-lieu/off-site units discussion – None
  • Future agenda items, correspondence – See meeting packet for correspondence

Meeting Adjourned at 10:55 PM

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