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Planning Board minutes April 5, 2012
The Raynham Planning Board held a meeting on Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Raynham Veterans' Memorial Town Hall. The meeting was opened at 6:05 p.m. by Chairman Daniel Andrade.

Board members present: Daniel Andrade, Christopher Gallagher, Russell Driscoll, Henry Ellis

Board members not present: Burke Fountain

Staff present: Town Planner Marilyn Whalley, Administrative Assistant Maureen McKenney

6:05 p.m. - Whippoorwill Estates – John Galvani, V.P., Norwood Bank, and Bill Buckley, P.E., Bay Colony Group, were present to discuss the status of Whippoorwill Estates. Mr. Buckley explained they met recently with John Schmid of Nitsch Engineering and Highway Superintendent Roger Stolte at Whippoorwill Estates to discuss completing the project.  Construction Cost Estimate, April 5, 2012, was received from Nitsch Engineering.

Letter dated March 27, 2012 was received from Roger Stolte outlining his issues with the subdivision.  Mr. Buckley noted they will consider a new plan to address Mr. Stolte’s concerns for maintaining the plantings in the subdivision.  

Mr. Galvani explained that the entire project was foreclosed by Norwood Bank and Phases 5 and 6 have been sold to Mr. Brian McLaughlin, and the bank will complete Phases 1 through 4.

It was agreed that security bonding will be needed for Phase 5. Mr. Andrade noted a similar foreclosure situation with Carriage Hill subdivision, and he commended Norwood Bank for the good work they did completing that project.

Letter dated March 16, 2012 was received from R. Buckner, Town Administrator, regarding acceptance of Whippoorwill Estates.  The Board agreed there could be no road acceptance for Phases 1 – 4 at this time but they could work towards acceptance at the fall town meeting.

Mr. Buckley discussed item No. 7 of Mr. Stolte's March 27th letter regarding a retaining wall. After discussion, it was agreed the wall needs to be built and it will be part of the final punch list of items to complete. Mr. Andrade requested the files be researched to get a full history of the wall.

Mr. Gallagher noted there are outstanding sewer issues and suggested the Bank contact him to discuss.

Street trees were discussed. It was noted they are not on the list of remaining items. The approved plan will be checked for trees and landscaping.

Mr. Keith McLaughlin informed the Board he will be working with his father on Phases 5 and 6. He noted the eight remaining lots in Phase 5 were released and can be built upon. It was noted there is a tri-partite still in effect for Phase 5. Mr. Galvani stated the bank will work out a tri-partite agreement that is sufficient for costs.
It was noted there are outstanding fees to due the Town for Phases 5 and 6.

6:32 p.m. - Form A, Locust Street – Attorney Richard Bentley, Taunton, MA, presented a Form A plan for land on Locust Street as part of Phase 6 sewer extension. Application form was submitted. No filing fees due as the Town is exempt. Mr. Gallagher said he will abstain as he works for the sewer department.

After review of the plan, Mr. Ellis moved to approve the plan entitled “Plan of Property Taking And Easement To Be Acquired For Proposed Locust Street Pump Station Town of Raynham, Massachusetts (Bristol County),” prepared by Reed Land Surveying, Inc., Lakeville, MA, dated October 3, 2011; second by Mr. Driscoll. The motion passed three in favor and Mr. Gallagher abstaining. The plan was signed.

6:40 p.m. - Campbell Court – John Noblin appeared before the Board to discuss lot releases for lots owned by Mastria that front on Campbell Court. Nitsch Engineering Construction Cost Estimate, dated December 16, 2010, was discussed. Mr. Noblin noted some of the work has been done.

After discussion, it was agreed to request a site inspection and updated cost estimate from Nitsch.  

Mr. Ellis moved to release the lot known as Lot P-2, Campbell Court in Raynham, MA, presently owned by Richard and Diana Mastria, known as Ramson Woods, upon payment by applicant of appropriate bond or cash in the amount to be determined by Nitsch Engineering, said construction cost estimate by Nitsch Engineering presently in the amount of $94,996.00; second by Mr. Gallagher; during discussion, it was noted other lots on the plan can be released once the bond is posted; motion passed by unanimous vote (4).

Mr. Ellis moved that upon completion of the first motion, the Form J shall be signed by the Planning Board; second by Mr. Gallagher; motion passed by unanimous vote (4).

Bella Estates site plan:  Mr. Noblin spoke to the Board about Bella Estates (corner of Hill Street and Route 44). He plans to construct one building on the site. He noted the following modifications to the site plan will be made: building locations will be moved back from original locations; garages will be located underneath the buildings; the amount of impervious surface will be reduced; the pool will be eliminated. Mr. Noblin noted the buildings will be upscale and he presented a photo showing similar type building.

Mr. Gallagher noted if the amount of impervious surface is reduced or remains the same, the drainage would not change.

After discussion, it was agreed the approved plan will be checked to determine if the pool is shown. The Board requested that Mr. Noblin submit a plan to the Board indicating the proposed changes and differences in red for the Board's review.

7:05 p.m. - Church Street apartment buildings: John Noblin informed the Board he plans to construct garages for his Church Street apartment buildings. To accomplish this, he will be preparing a perimeter plan to incorporate the current nine lots into one lot.   Mr. Noblin and the Board discussed the possibility of an open-space plan for the site. The Board advised that the rules and regulations for open space development and the zoning by-laws must be followed. No action was taken.

7:20 p.m. - Atlantic Fence, Route 44, site plan: David Adrien of Atlantic Fence appeared before the Board to discuss a letter dated April 11, 2012, which Mr. Adrien received from the Board regarding storage at the front of the site.

The Board and Mr. Adrien discussed the condition of the storage at the front of the site. Mr. Adrien agreed the business had exceeded what the Certificate of Action allowed.  He informed the Board the parking requirements are being met but they need additional on-site storage. He requested a temporary storage area in front of the building be allowed. Mr. Adrien assured the Board the packaging of the stored units will not be open and strewn about the lot.

Mr. Adrien and the Board discussed the location for the storage area.  After discussion, Mr. Ellis moved to approve a minor modification to the Atlantic Fence site plan by allowing a temporary storage area on site located 20 feet from the berm and 120 feet along the berm in the southwest corner of the site as discussed; second by Mr. Gallagher; motion passed by unanimous vote. Certificate of Action to be issued.

7:30 p.m. - General business: No minutes or invoices were received.
Proposed zoning amendment to zoning by-laws, Article 13, Site Plan, was received from the Board of Selectmen. Mr. Andrade moved to schedule a public hearing for the first Planning Board meeting in May 2012; second by Mr. Ellis; motion passed by unanimous vote.

There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 7:32 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Christopher J. Gallagher, Clerk

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