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Rt. 138 Zoning Study Committee-Aptil 3, 2006
FINAL MINUTES FOR THE RAYNHAM ROUTE 138 ZONING STUDY COMMITTEE MEETING ON APRIL 3, 2006



The meeting of the Raynham Route 138 Zoning Study Committee was called to order at 5:45 p.m.

Economic and Business Development Commission Present:  
  Joseph Pacheco
Staff present:  Erika Ueberbacher, Conservation Agent; Rodman Palmer, Building Commissioner; Richard McCarthy, Town Planner
SRPEDD Present:  N/A  
Members Present:  Joseph Pacheco, Chairman
Voting Members Present:  Harry R. Carey
                                Frank Rozenas
                                Marsha Silvia
                                Louis Bousquet
                                Rev. Michael Scarlett
                                Antonio Macedo
Appointed Advisory member present:  N/A  
Guests present:  Dennis Carney
                      Chris Carney      
                      Attorney Michael Morizio
                       John Shea



The meeting of the Raynham Route 138 Zoning Study Committee was closed at 6:33 p.m.

Economic and Business Development Commitee present:  
  Joseph Pacheco
Staff present:  Erika Ueberbacher, Conservation Agent; Rodman Palmer, Building Commissioner; Richard McCarthy, Town Planner
SRPEDD present:  N/A
Members Present:  Joseph Pacheco, Chairman
Voting Members Present:  Harry R. Carey
                                Frank Rozenas
                                Marsha Silvia
                                Louis Bousquet
                                Rev. Michael Scarlett
                                Antonio Macedo
                                Tony Ghelfi
Appointed Advisory member present:  N/A
Guests present:  Dennis Carney
                      Chris Carney
                      Attorney Michael Morizio
                       John Shea









1.      3/13 Meeting Minutes

        VOTE TO:
        Accept minutes from the 3/13 meeting

        MOTION MADE BY:
Joseph Pacheco
Harry R. Carey
        Frank Rozenas
        Marsha Silvia
        Louis Bousquet
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Antonio Macedo

        MOTION SECONDED BY:
Joseph Pacheco
Harry R. Carey
        Frank Rozenas
        Marsha Silvia
        Louis Bousquet
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Antonio Macedo

        VOTE:
Joseph Pacheco
Harry R. Carey
        Frank Rozenas
        Marsha Silvia
        Louis Bousquet
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Antonio Macedo


2.      3/20 Meeting Update

DISCUSSION:
FYI - At the 3/20 meeting, no quorum was present, so it was not called to order.


3.      Election of a Vice-Chairman

DISCUSSION:
Needed a motion to elect a Vice-Chairman in the event the Chairman, Joe Pacheco, is absent from a meeting.  (Note that the first motion was to elect Richard McCarthy as the Vice-Chairman, but it was denied due to Richard being a non-voting member.)

VOTE TO:
Elect Frank Rozenas as the Vice-Chairman.
MOTION MADE BY:
Joseph Pacheco
Harry R. Carey
        Frank Rozenas
        Marsha Silvia
        Louis Bousquet
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Antonio Macedo

        MOTION SECONDED BY:
Joseph Pacheco
Harry R. Carey
Frank Rozenas
Marsha Silvia
Louis Bousquet
Rev. Michael Scarlett
Antonio Macedo

VOTE:
Joseph Pacheco
Harry R. Carey
        Frank Rozenas
        Marsha Silvia
        Louis Bousquet
Rev. Michael Scarlett
Antonio Macedo


4.      Meeting Schedule

DISCUSSION:
The meeting times and dates going forward through August were determined.

DECISION:
All meetings will now be held at 5:15 p.m. on the following dates:
-May 1, '06
-May 22, '06
-June 5, '06
-June 19, '06
-July 17, '06
-August 7, '06


5.      Membership Issue

DISCUSSION:
Joe P. spoke to the Town Administrator; there is still interest from people not currently members of the Board who would like to serve on the Board.

DECISION:
Those interested should submit a letter to the Economic and Business Development Committee, as they are the appointing authority, so, that, should a vacancy occur between one of the eight members on the Board, another interested party could step right in.

FOLLOW UP REQUEST BY:
Joseph Pacheco - get John Shea appointed to the Board
Harry R. Carey
Frank Rozenas
Marsha Silvia
Louis Bousquet
Rev. Michael Scarlett
Antonio Macedo

Dennis Carney - submit a letter to the Economic and Business Development Committee
Chris Carney - submit a letter to the Economic and Business Development Committee
John Shea - get appointed to the Board


6.      Overview

DISCUSSION:
Richard McCarthy spoke to the Committee about the "work program" that, originally, was going to be a subcommittee underneath the Planning Board. The current Route 138 Zoning Study Committee is a subcommittee of the  Economic and Business Development Commitee .  Richard spoke about how the Route 138 zoning was reviewed in the Master Plan in 1999, and that during this time the idea was to have an industrial cluster and mixed use development district.  The group was urged to look at these past ideas a bit closer, and look at the present land use, businesses, residents, zoning districts, etc., to determine if these make sense, or if changes need to be made, and, if so, what they should be, or what can be proposed.
The current zoning requires the land to be 250’ deep, and requires a 50’ setback to a residential district.  Richard McCarthy cited two projects that were good examples of projects that were made more difficult because of encumberances due to the current zoning standards:  1) the law office beside China Gardens, and 2) the Doctor on Route 138.  Also, in terms of zoning, Richard recommended that the Committee should look at the current zoning to refine it, such as, where something might be allowed, where something might not be allowed, and where something might be allowed by special permit.
It was mentioned that people will be brought in to speak with the Committee that understand market conditions, and these people can let the Committee know their thoughts, or what they’ve seen in other communities on what types of business, retail, office space, or light industry, work best in areas such as the stretch of 138.
Further, there are some design standards in the site plan requirements, now, but these may change based on what changes the Committee is looking to make for Route 138.
Lastly, the Committee needs to have a strong concept, and goal, by January ’07.  As a Committee, they need to have a strong knowledge of any proposed changes in order to speak to any bylaw warrant articles.
Some helpful areas to look for information, and to gain some insight are:  a) SRPEDD's website, b) town website (get in touch with Rich or Erika for help in using the town website), c) links on the conservation website, d) go on field trips.

DECISION:
At the first May meeting, the Wal-Mart project lead engineer, or representative, will be invited to come in, and meet with the committee, so he can get feedback from this committee, and he can relay this information back to Mass Highway.

FOLLOW UP REQUEST BY:
Richard McCarthy - Invite the Wal-Mart project lead engineer, or representative, in to speak with the Committee.
Joe Pacheco
Harry R. Carey
Frank Rozenas
Marsha Silvia
Louis Bousquet
Rev. Michael Scarlett
Antonio Macedo
Tony Ghelfi

7.      Topics for next meeting on May 1, 2006

        DISCUSSION:
        - Invite the Wal-Mart project lead engineer, or representative, in to speak with the Committee.

        - Greg Guimond, from SRPEDD, may be at the first May meeting.  He will go through existing zoning on 138, and will have pictometry images, aerial photography, of 138
        

8.      To Do's for next meeting
        
        DISCUSSION:
        - Review the handout given out at the 4/3 meeting titled “Town of Raynham: Smart Growth Zoning Changes”.  
- Come back on 5/1 with questions for Greg Guimond from SRPEDD.  If you have any questions for Greg, email Richard, and he can forward them onto Greg.
        - Think about the concept of mixed use, and whether, or not, that makes sense, such as:  a) residential and business together, b) just residential, c) business on 1st floor, and office on 2nd floor, d) business on 1st floor, and professional office on 2nd floor, e) professional office 1st floor, and residential above, etc.

        DECISION:
        At the May 22 meeting, we will be able to review zoning, current, and any proposed changes that we can foresee.




9.      Topics for future meetings

DISCUSSION:
Have Dennis, or Chris, Carney come in to give the Committee a better understanding of the Dog Track's plan regarding the slots, the dog industry, and their industrial business.


10.     Other

DISCUSSION:
An email address was set up for the Committee, so if you need to email anybody on the Committee, you can use this email address.  The Committee, also, has its own web page.


        TIME MEETING CLOSED:  6:33 p.m.


MOTION TO CLOSE BY:
Joseph Pacheco
Harry R. Carey
Frank Rozenas
Marsha Silvia
Louis Bousquet
Rev. Michael Scarlett
Antonio Macedo
        Tony Ghelfi

MOTION SECONDED BY:
Joseph Pacheco
Harry R. Carey
Frank Rozenas
Marsha Silvia
Louis Bousquet
Rev. Michael Scarlett
Antonio Macedo
        Tony Ghelfi

        VOTE:
Joseph Pacheco
Harry R. Carey
        Frank Rozenas
        Marsha Silvia
        Louis Bousquet
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Antonio Macedo
        Tony Ghelfi


 
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