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Planning Board minutes August 16, 2012
The Raynham Planning Board held a regular meeting on August 16, 2012, at Raynham Veterans' Memorial Town Hall.

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

Board members absent:  Christopher Gallagher

Staff present:  Marilyn Whalley, Town Planner;

Chairman Andrade opened the Planning Board meeting at 6:03 pm.

Bassett Knoll Estates - Nick Harras from Global Construction was present along with engineer Mike Carter, GCG Associates.  Mr. Carter, who designed the conventional subdivision plan in 2006, presented his plan to the Board.  Sixty-four lots are shown and the definitive plan would have been filed in 2008, but the project did not go forward.  Mr. Andrade asked about the validity of the lots considering wetlands and required drainage.  Mr. Carter stated that the wetland lines were approved by the Conservation Commission in 2008.  Mr. Carter explained the required uplands for each lot were met and demonstrated the layout of each lot to the board.  Mr. Carter showed where detention basins were also shown.  Mr. Ellis asked when the wetland delineation was done.  Mr. Carter said that the wetland delineation was done in late 2007 and early 2008.  The ANRAD line has been extended due to the state law extending approvals from that time.  

Mr. Andrade asked if Nitsch Engineering had reviewed these plans.  Mr. Carter stated that he had been in contact with Nitsch at the time.  Mr. Carter explained his rationale for the size of the detention basin.  Mr. Fountain asked the engineer to locate the subdivision on the map.  Mr. Carter stated that it was located off Locust Street with Paddock Road to the north. Bayberry Road lots are not part of the proposed subdivision.  If the cluster or open space subdivision is approved then the lots shown on Paddock Road would never be built.   

Discussion about utilities and limitation of the subdivision took place.  Mr. Andrade asked if Chris Gallagher had reviewed the plan. Ms. Whalley said he did not have the time to do so.  Mr. Andrade stated that if the plan presented has been validated by the Conservation Commission and conditions are as shown on the plan, the Planning Board can approve the number of lots subject to a review by either Chris Gallagher or Nitsch Engineering, which will allow the applicant to continue with his design of the definitive plan.  Questions about taxes owed were raised by the Planning Board.   

Mr. Ellis stated that the project could not go forward without a municipal lien certificate. Mr. Harras said he had discussions with Raynham Tax Collector and has an agreement in the works that will be put together to satisfy the tax obligations.  Ms. Whalley asked if the applicant had an approval from Natural Heritage. They have a conditional letter of approval from 2008.  Discussion about the open space areas and who would be responsible for them after the project is complete.  Ms. Whalley suggested that at the time the project is approved, the applicant might want to have a conversation with the ConCom to see if they are agreeable to being responsible for the open space parcel as they have in other cases.  Mr. Carter offered to present samples of agreements with other Towns where open space was provided.  
Metro West/VW site plan public hearing:  Time to act - September 30, 2012.  Mr. Andrade stated that the dealership has made plans to return the VW dealership back to Raynham from its Middleboro location.  Brian Dunn, MBL Land Development, was present representing Metro West.  Mr. Dunn indicated that the proposal before the board is slightly different than the previous one submitted.  Mr. Dunn explained how the proposed new building was situated on the lot in relationship to other buildings and street layouts.  Mr. Ellis asked if John Schmid had reviewed this new plan. Mr. Dunn said that the updated plans will be sent out to him this week.  Mr. Ellis suggested that the applicant ask for an extension on their time to act.  Mr. Ellis asked that the applicant provide pictures of the buildings with color renderings.  Mr. Andrade asked about the curb cuts and the ability of trucks to unload.  Mr. Dunn stated that they will unload where they are currently unloading. Mr. Ellis suggested that the applicant explain in a paragraph on the plan how they will be unloading cars.  

Mr. Ellis asked if there was common ownership and, if so, it should be shown on the plan, and Mr. Fountain indicated that it must remain in common ownership.  Mr. Andrade asked that the Certificate of Action have some language about access or easement issues should the property be subdivided in the future.  Mr. Dunn was also asked to address the required parking and whether or not the plan meets the bylaws regarding parking.  Mr. Andrade asked about the new parking area on the east side of the property and if the building is constructed there, would they lose parking spaces needed to meet the requirements for the plan.  Mr. Dunn was asked to address this issue either on the plan or a note.  Public hearing was continued to September 6, 2012.  Time to Act extended to November 30, 2012.

Town Planner Update:  Ms. Whalley indicated that the solar bylaw will be worked on at a meeting scheduled for August 28.

Kings Estates – Ms. Whalley asked the Planning Board how to go forward with road acceptance at Kings Estates.  Planning Board instructed her to ask town counsel how to proceed since the ownership of the road is in question.  

Aspen Hollow - Ms. Whalley asked the Planning Board how the Aspen Hollow subdivision is being completed since she was not at the meeting with the developer.  Mr. Andrade and Mr. Fountain attended the meeting as well as Roger Stolte and John Schmid. Mr. Andrade stated that the developer made assurances that the road would be paved and he will pay for Nitsch Engineering oversight.  All drainage issues were resolved provided the final asphalt is put down properly.  John Schmid will be there the day they pave.  He also told the developer that the bond funds will not be returned until the town is satisfied that the project is complete.  

Hall Street retaining wall – Ms. Whalley stated that the developer who is putting the retaining wall up made some changes in the type of block used and wants approval from the Planning Board for the change.  The Planning Board stated that they need to provide a new plan with an engineer stamp for the required approval.

General Business: On a motion by Burke Fountain and seconded by Russ Driscoll, it was voted unanimously to waive the reading of the minutes of August 2, 2012 and vote to approve as submitted.

There was no further business and the meeting adjourned

Christopher J. Gallagher, Clerk

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