The Raynham Planning Board held a meeting on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Raynham Veterans’ Memorial Town Hall. Chairman Daniel Andrade opened the meeting at approximately 6 p.m.
Board members present: Daniel Andrade, Burke Fountain, Christopher Gallagher, Russell Driscoll
Board members not present: Henry Ellis
6:01 p.m. – Highway Superintendent Roger Stolte appeared before the Board with a plan showing improvement to the Orchard Street and Rte. 44 intersection. He noted there are articles on the upcoming Town Meeting warrant related to land takings and easements necessary for the plan, and the plan must be approved by the Planning Board and the Selectmen before the Town Meeting. It was noted this is a Mass DOT project.
James Noyes of Greenman-Pederson, Inc., addressed the Board to discuss the plan and the design process. He explained that improvements at the intersection will include signalizing the Rte. 24 northbound off-ramp and adding a left turn lane and signals onto addressStreetOrchard Street. Mr. Noyes noted the project could begin next spring and take up to 18 months to complete.
The land takings were discussed. Mr. Noyes noted the majority of takings/easements are for the utility poles and are on Town-owned land. He noted that public hearings were held on the plan and neighbors were present to view the plans.
After discussion, Mr. Gallagher moved to endorse the land-taking plan entitled “Town of Raynham Plan of Widening and Relocation of Portions of Orchard Street to Accompany Description for Acceptance,” by Greenman-Pederson, Inc., Wilmington, MA, dated April 16, 2013, consisting of two sheets; second for discussion by Mr. Fountain. After brief discussion, motion was unanimously approved. Mr. Gallagher signed the mylar plan as Clerk of the Board. Mr. Gallagher requested three additional copies of the endorsed plan be submitted to the Board.
6:15 p.m. – Grant King, Principal Comprehensive Planner at SRPEDD, and Don Sullivan, Director of Economic Development at SRPEDD appeared before the Board along with Conservation Commission Chairman Bill Smith.
Mr. King explained that in association with the South Coast Rail project, SRPEDD has been conducting a land use planning exercise identifying areas of priority development in Raynham. Mr. King explained a color-coded map that identified several different priority areas of land, considering issues such as designated development or business districts, protection/ACEC areas, water bodies or other areas of concern. He explained the new boundaries that have been established. Mr. King worked on the project along with Conservation Commission Chair Bill Smith, Town Administrator Randy Buckner and Planning Chair Dan Andrade.
Mr. King explained that through the study process, boundaries of parcels have been refined. He noted that the priority areas remain the same and only small, marginal changes were made to the boundaries by utilizing parcel information and zoning data.
Mr. Andrade asked about the Raynham Park property and possible uses and changes to it. Mr. King noted that in 2010 an Executive Order was issued by the Governor stating that the South Coast Rail Corridor Plan shall be implemented and the Rte. 138 corridor is part of that plan.
Mr. Andrade said the Town would benefit by getting a larger map to better explain the priority areas. Mr. King noted that the priority areas are not part of zoning. He said SRPEDD would be happy to provide an updated map when available.
Mr. Gallagher noted the Town’s zoning map was in need of updating. Mr. King said SRPEDD could be available to assist with that.
Mr. King explained that the study document incorporates the purposes of priority areas established in 2008, what the purpose of each area is now and how the boundaries were constructed. He explained that a Priority Development Area for this project is an area in Town that has been targeted for growth of a certain kind. Priority Protection Area is an area where growth is acceptable but issues such as land conservation, water resource conservation are considered.
Mr. Fountain asked about the areas designated as habitat areas. Mr. Smith spoke on the issue relative to conservation issues. (Mr. Gallagher left the meeting.) During discussion of the habitat areas, it was noted that the area of the Raynham winery on Church Street was designated as habitat, and the land was owned by Mr. Andrade, who said he would abstain from voting if issues arose on that piece of land.
Mr. King explained that in 2008 SRPEDD was part of the study/permitting process for South Coast Rail and they worked with Towns to determine areas of growth and protection within the Towns.
Mr. King stated that since no changes were made to the boundaries tonight, the map will become the final copy and will be provided to the Town.
Mr. Andrade thanked Mr. King and SRPEDD for their work on the Town’s behalf.
- The draft RFP for review consultant was discussed.
There was no further business and the meeting adjourned.
Raynham Planning Board
Christopher J. Gallagher, Clerk