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Planning Board minutes September 26, 2012
The Raynham Planning Board special meeting on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, was opened by Chairman Daniel Andrade at 6:04 p.m.

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

Board members not present: Christopher Gallagher, Henry Ellis

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

6:04 p. m.Proposed solar by-law was forwarded to the Board by letter dated September 26, 2012 from Town Administrator Randall Buckner.~ Ms. Whalley updated the Board on the by-law, noting the following: a committee of citizens and town officials has finished work on the by-law; the by-law is for large-scale photovoltaic solar installations; solar projects will be allowed as-of-right in all districts except for Residential and Farm and Forest districts; a special permit will be required to locate a solar project in Residential A, B, C, D, Farm and Forest, and Farm and Forest II districts; there is a six megawatt maximum for projects; the Selectmen took out a proposed minimum requirement for projects, which will give the Planning Board authority over projects proposed for Residential A and Farm and Forest districts; and, there are four accompanying~amendments related to the new by-law. Ms. Whalley~will try to put the proposed by-law on the Town's website.

A public hearing for the new by-law and accompanying amendments was set for October 18, 2012, 6:05 p.m.

6:10 p.m. - Whippoorwill Woods – letter dated September 18, 2012 was received from Bay Colony Group requesting a waiver of the requirement for roof drains at Whippoorwill Estates.

Mr. Andrade noted the Board discussed this matter at a previous hearing, with applicant’s representative, Mr. Andrukonis, and requested a letter from applicant's engineer before voting on the waiver. He noted the applicant's representative was advised he need not be present tonight.

Mr. Fountain stated the letter answered the Board's questions regarding the roof drains and soil conditions. Mr. Andrade said the plan would need a minor modification if the roof drains are eliminated.

Mr. Fountain asked if the waiver will be for the entire subdivision; Mr. Andrade stated yes. The matter was discussed.~After discussion, Mr. Fountain moved that~based on a letter dated September 18, 2012, from William R. Buckley, Jr., P.E., as to the soils at Whippoorwill Woods subdivision, the Board remove the requirement of all roof runoff to underground leaching systems, as they have proved ineffective, and allow use of either underground or general runoff on to the ground, whichever works for each individual lot in Whippoorwill Woods; second by Mr. Driscoll; motion passed by unanimous vote (3).

General Business: Proposed amendment to the Adult Retirement Community (ARC) by-law was forwarded to the Board by letter dated September 26, 2012 from Town Administrator Randall Buckner. The amendment, which is being proposed by citizens’ petition, seeks changes to the minimum age requirement for residency in an ARC.

Mr. Andrade noted Berry Hill is a private development and residents from the community were before the Board previously to discuss the need for a change in the 55 years of age or older requirement and the Board was okay with the proposed change at that time. He stated he felt this change would be a positive one for Berry Hill and the Town. Mr. Driscoll noted the proposed age requirement would be similar to requirements at Pine Hill Estates.

A public hearing for amendments to the ARC zoning by-law was set for October 18, 2012, 6:10 p.m.

Whippoorwill Woods:  Letter dated September 26, 2012 was received from Town Administrator Randall Buckner requesting the Board's recommendation on whether or not to accept Whippoorwill Drive and Pheasant Lane as public roads.

Ms. Whalley explained she and Highway Superintendent Roger Stolte inspected Whippoorwill Woods and it looked like issues were being addressed.  She noted Mr. Stolte does have an issue with flooding occurring near the entrance to the subdivision, but she recommended the Board proceed with their process for recommending the streets.

As-built plan review, dated September 20, 2012,~for Whippoorwill Drive and Pheasant Lane,~was received from Nitsch Engineering. The Board noted the requirement for the retaining wall had been modified to grading.
After discussion, it was agreed to forward the~as-built review to Attorney Edmund Brennan and builder Matt Dacey and advise them that all work must be completed.  They will be advised that a minor modification to the approved plan will be needed because the retaining wall was not built. Mr. Stolte will be asked for his input on the acceptance of the streets. The matter was tabled to October 4th meeting.

Mr. Fountain moved to waive the reading and approve the minutes of September 6, 2012, as received; second by Mr. Driscoll; motion passed by unanimous vote.

There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Christopher J. Gallagher, Clerk

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