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Planning Board minutes March 1, 2012
The Raynham Planning Board held its regular meeting on Thursday, March 1, 2012, at Raynham Veterans’ Memorial Town Hall.  Vice-Chairman Burke Fountain opened the meeting at 6:10 p.m.

Board members present:  Burke Fountain, Henry Ellis, Russell Driscoll

Board members not present:  Daniel Andrade, Christopher Gallagher

Staff present:  Maureen McKenney, Administrative Assistant

6:10 p.m. – Tearall Road:  Attorney Edmund Brennan, Taunton, MA, appeared before the Board on behalf of Dr. and Mrs. Molineaux Matthews, who were present, to discuss property the Matthews own on Tearall Road.  

Attorney Brennan explained that in 1972 the Planning Board approved a Form A plan for the property, which created the two subject lots with frontage on Tearall Road.  The lots are the first two lots off Locust Street.  He noted the Form A plan is still valid.  Attorney Brennan discussed two other nearby properties on Tearall Road that were granted approval and became buildable house lots:  DeArruda property, which was granted a frontage variance by the Board of Appeals, and Bumila property, which was the subject of a Form A/road improvement plan approved by the Planning Board.

Attorney Brennan explained that the Matthews property will need a frontage variance from the Board of Appeals due to the fact that the frontage is not on a public way.  He noted he was before the Board tonight to determine if the Planning Board had a sense of what improvements would be suitable for Tearall Road. He noted sewer and water can be brought to the subject lots and the width of existing pavement could possibly be increased.

Dr. Matthews spoke and noted he was before the Board at a prior meeting to discuss his property and no definitive conclusion was reached regarding improvements to Tearall Road.  Mr. Fountain noted that nothing definitive had been presented to the Board at that time but water, sewer and road improvements had been discussed and Board members agreed improvements would be needed.

The exiting condition of Tearall Road was discussed.  No action was taken by the Board on the matter.

6:22 p.m. – Awais Farms public hearing was reconvened.  E-mail dated March 1, 2012, from Nyles Zager, P.E., was received, requesting a continuance of the public hearing.  

Mr. Fountain noted he sent a letter to Town Counsel Marc Antine, and the Board has received a response.  It was agreed to send Attorney Antine’s letter to applicant’s attorney, P.J. Adams, requesting his response one week prior (March 8) to the next public hearing.

The public hearing was continued to March 15, 2012, 6:15 p.m.  No testimony was taken.
6:24 p.m. - General Business:  Minutes of February 2, 2012 were received.  Mr. Fountain moved to waive the reading and approve the minutes; second by Mr. Ellis; motion passed by unanimous vote (3).

Memorandum dated February 27, 2012, received from Town Planner Marilyn Whalley regarding a proposed change to the Raynham zoning map for property on Bridge Street.  Mr. Fountain moved to recommend the article for inclusion on the Town Meeting warrant; second by Mr. Ellis; motion passed by unanimous vote (3).

Copy of letter dated February 27, 2012, from Raynham Conservation Commission to M. Grieco Realty LLC, regarding 1651 New State Highway was received.  No action was taken.

Letter dated March 1, 2012 was received from Peter M. Bumila, Towers Realty Trust, regarding a proposed zoning change for land on South Street East.  The matter was tabled to March 15, 2012, in order to discuss with Mr. Bumila present.

Statistical Update, CEDS 2012, was received from Town Planner Marilyn Whalley.  No action was taken.

The Metro Kia site plan was endorsed.

There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 6:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Christopher J. Gallagher, Clerk

Town of Raynham 558 South Main St., Raynham, MA 02767
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