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Rt. 138 Zoning Study Sub-Committee

FINAL MINUTES FOR THE RAYNHAM ROUTE 138 ZONING STUDY COMMITTEE MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2006



The meeting of the Raynham Route 138 Zoning Study Committee was called to order at 5:19 p.m.

Economic and Business Development Commission Present:  
  Joseph Pacheco
 David Hutchinson
Staff present:  Erika Ueberbacher, Conservation Agent; Richard McCarthy, Town Planner; Rod Palmer, Building Commissioner
SRPEDD Present:  N/A  
Members Present:  Joseph Pacheco, Chairman
Voting Members Present:  Frank Rozenas
                                Rev. Michael Scarlett
                                Louis Bousquet
                                PersonNameTony Ghelfi
                                 Antonio Macedo
                                 Harry Carey
Appointed Advisory member present:  N/A  
Guests present:  Carla McRae (Help Raynham), Gary McNaughton (McMahon Associates)
            
  
The meeting of the Raynham Route 138 Zoning Study Committee was closed at 6:00 p.m.

Economic and Business Development Commission present:  
  Joseph Pacheco
 David Hutchinson
Staff present:  Erika Ueberbacher, Conservation Agent; Richard McCarthy, Town Planner; Rod Palmer, Building Commissioner
SRPEDD present:  N/A
Members Present:  Joseph Pacheco, Chairman
Voting Members Present:  Frank Rozenas
                                Rev. Michael Scarlett
                                Louis Bousquet
                                PersonNameTony Ghelfi
                                Antonio Macedo
                                Harry Carey                             
Appointed Advisory member present:  N/A
Guests present:   Carla McRae (Help Raynham), Gary McNaughton (McMahon Associates)






                      

1.      8/7 Meeting Minutes

VOTE TO:
        Accept minutes from 8/7/06.

        MOTION MADE BY:
Joe Pacheco
Frank Rozenas
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Louis Bousquet
PersonNameTony Ghelfi
        Antonio Macedo
        Harry Carey

        MOTION SECONDED BY:
Joseph Pacheco
        Frank Rozenas
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Louis Bousquet
PersonNameTony Ghelfi
Antonio Macedo
                Harry Carey

        VOTE:
Joseph Pacheco
        Frank Rozenas
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Louis Bousquet
PersonNameTony Ghelfi
Antonio Macedo
        Harry Carey


2.      Gary McNaughton, McMahon Associates (traffic review for Wal-Mart)

DISCUSSION:
Mr. McNaughton of McMahon Associates attended the meeting.  He was the principal engineer for the traffic review for Wal-Mart.  Mr. McNaughton responded to points made at the last meeting by addressStreetMass Highway. No representative from addressStreetMass Highway was present for this discussion.
Mr. Pacheco stated that one of the Committee’s biggest concerns is the speed limit on Route 138.  He mentioned that a speed study was requested of addressStreetMass Highway, but no timetable was set fro completion of the study.  Mr. McCarthy stated that he sent a letter out to addressStreetMass Highway requesting the study.  Mr. McNaughton stated that the speed limit will be set based on how vehicles are operating.  For instance, if people are going more than 55 mph, they might set it for higher than 55 mph.  He stated that since there is a lot change proposed due to Wal-Mart, they might consider doing the study once the signals are in at 495, and Carver and the improvements are made at King Phillip, and at the Wal-Mart site.  He, further, stated that it will be a different roadway in a couple of years, and the speeds may change.

Mr. McNaughton, also, wanted to give some feedback from the last meeting.  He stated that some things may have been portrayed that may not have been fully represented based on what had happened on the project, and the review the project had gone through.  He mentioned that this project was reviewed by the Planning Board, their independent consultant, addressStreetMass Highway, CityTaunton, and a neighborhood group that had a consultant review it, as well.    He stated that Market Basket had differing perspectives on it, but all of the objective reviews that had occurred all agreed that Wal-Mart was mitigating their impacts, and, then some, with the installation of signals at King Phillip, which is something that is needed today, not driven by Wal-Mart.  He stated that Wal-Mart is undertaking the design of addressStreetCenter Street, and is pushing addressStreetMass Highway, and their consultant, on the 495 signals.  Wal-Mart is not expecting to draw a lot of traffic from 495, and it is not warranted that Wal-Mart should pay for those signals.

Mr. Carey inquired if addressStreetCarver Street would be reconstructed in any way, or if there would be any phasing changes to the signal.  Mr. McNaughton responded that there would be no geometric changes as Wal-Mart would not be drawing traffic off of addressStreetCarver Street, but they would look at phasing there to introduce some left turns, and to get that to work a little better, and, perhaps, some striping to better guide people across.  He, further, stated that they are still waiting for the final Section 61 finding which will outline, exactly, what is to happen.    What he thinks will happen is that Wal-Mart will not be able to open the phase two super center until the ramps, and signals are in at 495.  He stated that the 495 ramps are a addressStreetMass Highway project, and should be going into construction next year.  He, further, stated that Wal-Mart would be paying for the Center Street changes, and this would range from turning lanes to full signalization to police detail during peak hours, but that they were committed to doing it, and it would need to happen before Wal-Mart opens.  He stated that Wal-Mart might have to bond the full construction of the addressStreetCenter Street improvements if addressStreetMass Highway doesn’t do that, and it would be $800k for construction.
Mr.  McNaughton stated that Wal-Mart is not expected to draw a lot of traffic from 495, but that placeCityTaunton would be feeding the store.  He, further, stated that fairly insignificant numbers would be drawn off these ramps during peak hours, and fewer would be coming from 495N, and making that critical left turn.  The District Director agreed that Wal-Mart would not be affecting that intersection, and it will stay a addressStreetMass Highway project, not assigned to Wal-Mart.  

Mr. Macedo inquired as to how the litigation process is proceeding.  Mr. McNaughton stated that discovery will last another month or two, and then, the hearing is January.  Depending on the outcome, there may be motions to dismiss.
Louis Bousquet, Jr.  asked what effect Aquaria has.  Mr. McNaughton stated that he would put it on his to do list to call the contact for Aquaria to see if some coordination could occur between Wal-Mart and them.
Mr. McCarthy mentioned that there was a need to look at barriers for stopping the left turn into McDonald’s.
Mr. McNaughton stated that by the next meeting, he should have the Section 61.  He will share it with Mr. McCarthy so that we know what addressStreetMass Highway is telling us in writing.  

  
3.      Discussion re:  Draft revisions to Proposed Residential and Business District

DISCUSSION:
Carla McRae of Help Raynham stated that the revised bylaw will not be submitted for the fall Town meeting.  She stated that they visited the designated development district, which is already zoned in Raynham, and it seemed to fit the big properties such as Rozenas’ property, and the Carney property.  Mr. Ghelfi stated that they’ve had problems getting the boundaries delineated for discussion.  Mr. McCarthy asked what he thought about discussing designated development with the Committee as a zoning option in that area, the east side where Mr. Rozena’s  property is, from the west side from the dog track south, and they stopped at Ryan as the northern boundary.  He mentioned that perhaps the Committee should discuss it to see if the concept has merit, bring people affected by that zoning change, and discuss it, then, go further south with the proposed changes.  Further, if the Committee liked the idea, then, have it go back through the process, business and economic development, planning board,
A discussion on the district use requirements will be held off until the next meeting.     


4.      Sewer/Water Usage Discussion

DISCUSSION:
Ms. Ueberbacher stated that the discussion on this was to remind us that we had a packet of materials, and, if anyone had any questions on that.  The packet talks about the sewer charge, and the amount of gallons, etc.  Mr. McCarthy stated that since we met last, the inter-municipal sewer agreement was ratified.


5.      Committee Member Updates

DISCUSSION:
Mr. Pacheco announced that PersonNameChris Dowd resigned from the Committee.  He stated that Economics wants them to fill the position should someone be interested.  He has verbal word of an interested candidate, but is waiting to receive a formal letter.  The deadline for receiving letters is Monday, 10/2 by 4 p.m.  At the 10/2 meeting, we will review the letters, and make our recommendation for Business & Economic Development to fill that position.  Mr. Pacheco announced it at the Selectmen’s meeting, and will do so again this Tuesday.  He mentioned that Chris thanked us for involving him.


6.      Community Updates

DISCUSSION:
Mr. McCarthy stated that he heard back from the Atty. General’s office.  All zoning placed on the warrant was approved  


7.      To Do’s

Mr. McNaughton – call the contact engineer for Aquaria to see if some coordination can occur between Wal-Mart, and them.


8.      Next Meeting

DISCUSSION:
-Approval of minutes from 9/18/06.
-Mass Highway
-Help Raynham
-Discuss the letters of interest, make recommendation to Business & Economic Development, and vote
-       Modify district and use requirements, zoning definitions, and table of use.
-       Update committee if anything is heard on the grant.


9.      Other

DISCUSSION:
Mr. McCarthy stated that he filed a grant application several months ago to get some grant money to help with the 138 Study Committee.  No rewards or rejections have been made as of yet.  Hopefully, he will have more information at the next meeting.  This money would be available for PersonNameGreg Guimond, and additional staff to work with the Committee on drafting different zoning, bylaws, and presentations, and go to Town meeting to help with presentation to get this stuff approved at Town Meeting, and even go to Planning Board, Business & Economic Development, and the Selectmen.


TIME MEETING CLOSED: 6:00 p.m.; reconvene October 2 at 5:15 p.m.

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

MOTION SECONDED BY:
Joseph Pacheco
        Frank Rozenas
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Louis Bousquet
        PersonNameTony Ghelfi
        Antonio Macedo
        Harry Carey

        VOTE:
Joseph Pacheco
Frank Rozenas
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Louis Bousquet
        PersonNameTony Ghelfi
        Antonio Macedo
        Harry Carey



 
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