The Raynham Planning Board meeting on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Raynham Veterans’ Memorial Town Hall, was opened at 6:08 p.m. by Chairman Daniel Andrade.
Board members present: Daniel Andrade, Burke Fountain, Henry Ellis, Russell Driscoll, Christopher Gallagher (6:13 p.m.)
Staff present: Administrative Assistant Maureen McKenney
6:08 p.m. - Form A King Street/Locust Street – tabled to later in the meeting.
6:09 p.m. – Frank Gallagher, P.E., Foxboro, MA, presented Form A plan for land at 327 Elm St. East owned by Witherell. Properly signed application form and fee were submitted. Mr. Andrade noted the Board saw the plan at the last meeting and had no issues with the plan itself.
Frank Gallagher explained that land is being taken from the rear of 327 Elm Street East and added to property at 345 Elm Street East. Mr. Andrade moved to approve the plan entitled “Approval Not Required Plan of Land Located In Raynham, MA. 327 & 345 Elm Street East,” prepared for Peter Witherell, Raynham, by Gallagher Engineering, Foxboro, MA, dated June 5, 2013”; second by Mr. Fountain. Motion approved three in favor and Mr. Gallagher abstained.
6:15 p.m. – Whippoorwill Estates: Rich Andrukonis appeared before the Board on behalf of D’Angelo Realty/McLaughlin to request elimination of the turnaround at Lots 54 and 55 on Partridge Drive. He explained that a buyer will be purchasing both lots for construction of one house and the turnaround will not be necessary.
After discussion, Board members agreed to the concept and advised Mr. Andrukonis to present a modified plan for the Board’s approval. No vote was taken on the matter tonight.
6:19 p.m. – Lot 10 Forge River Park site plan public hearing was reconvened. Mr. Andrade noted the Board sent a letter to Town Counsel requesting his opinion on issues the Board has with this locus and is awaiting his response. He noted the Board is trying to determine who owns what part of Forge River Parkway before proceeding with site plan approval. Applicant George Turner was present and noted there was a Court judgment requiring the Town to complete the roadway.
The public hearing was continued to July 18, 2013 at 6:10 p.m. No testimony was taken.
On another matter, Mr. Turner requested a site inspection at Berry Hill ARC. Mr. Andrade informed him that the Board has instructed Nitsch Engineering to conduct the inspection.
6:24 p.m. – Federal Express, Paramount Drive: Jonathan Novak, Coneco Engineers, Bridgewater, MA, appeared before the Board to request permission to submit an Abbreviated Site Plan for proposed changes at the Federal Express site.
Mr. Novak explained that pavement will be both added and removed from the site in order to allow easier site access, swinging gates, fencing, security lights and jersey barriers are proposed for the truck parking area, and a bay will be added to the loading dock. Board members asked that some type of screening be included on the plan, and Mr. Novak agreed to consider it. It was noted that no barbed wire can be added to the site without approval from the Board of Appeals, and the Planning Board does not want barbed wire.
After discussion, Board members agreed the applicant may submit an abbreviated site plan for the proposed changes at Federal Express, Paramount Drive.
6:36 p.m. – Metro West Volkswagen site plan: Brian Dunn, MBL Land Permitting, Easton, MA, and Domenic Grieco of Metro West, appeared before the Board with a modification to the Metro Volkswagen site plan. Mr. Dunn noted the Board previously denied a proposed closing of the Church Street exit, and this new modification proposes an 18 ft. wide, one-way exit onto Church Street to allow access to the traffic signals. He also noted that the exit on Church Street was not originally planned for trucks unloading cars at the dealership, and that the rear of the site is only used by employeees.
After discussion, the Board requested that signage be put on site to inform people of the exit to Church Street. The Board then agreed the proposed change to the plan is a minor modification. Mr. Fountain moved to accept plan sheets C-4.0 entitled “Proposed Metro-VW Dealership 1651 New State Highway/Route 44 Layout Plan & Materials Plan,” dated May 25, 2011, revised through June 17, 2013, and plan sheet C-5.0 entitled “Proposed Metro-VW Dealership 1651 New State Highway/Route 44 Grading, Drainage & Utility Plan,” dated May 25, 2011, revised through June 17, 2013; as a minor modification; second by Mr. Driscoll; motion passed by unanimous vote (4). The modified plan was signed.
6:50 p.m. – Lincoln Woods: modified plan was received for Lincoln Woods subdivision (applicant was not present). Mr. Andrade explained that the plan is being modified by removing a small length of arc from each cul-de-sac to open the roadways extensions off Crimson Street and Maple Street. It was noted the widths of the two roadway extensions are less than the streets.
Mr. Gallagher stated he would only accept the streets up to the extension roadways. Mr. Gallagher moved to accept the modification plan of Lincoln Woods, dated June 19, 2013, with the condition that both roadway extensions, being 30 feet and 20 feet, not be petitioned for roadway acceptance and are to remain private; second by Mr. Fountain; motion passed by unanimous vote. The modified plan was endorsed.
- Mr. Fountain moved to waive the reading and approve the minutes of June 6, 2013; second by Mr. Driscoll; motion passed by unanimous vote (4).
- E-mail dated June 18, 2013 was received from Highway Superintendent Roger Stolte regarding access improvements at RK Plaza, South Street West. Mr. Stolte’s e-mail explained that a neighbor to the site believes that a restriction of some sort does not
allow large trucks to use the access. Board members were not aware of a restriction or zoning issue and agreed the onus was on the concerned party to show the restriction. No action was taken.
- The Board scheduled a meeting on June 25th, 5:30 p.m., to review the proposals that were received for Planning Board project review consultant.
7:00 p.m. – Forge Estates (fka Bella Estates): The Board discussed the matter of issuing occupancy permits at Forge Estates. Copy of letter dated June 10, 2013 from Building Commissioner Dennis Machado to John Noblin was received. Letter dated June 6, 2013 from John Noblin and Frank Campbell to the Board on this matter was received at previous meeting. The Board discussed their proposal to establish an escrow account by depositing $5,000 into an account for each condo unit sold in order to fulfill requirements for issuance of permanent occupancy permits instead of temporary permits.
Board members discussed that a cost estimate for completion of the infrastructure at Forge Estates is needed, similar to the procedure for Gatsby Gardens site plan and that amount could be taken as surety so occupancy permits can be issued. The Board discussed phasing the project based on the infrastructure and requiring a bond on each phase. It was agreed that if a cash bond was taken, the funds would be deposited into a passbook account with the Forge Estates homeowners’ association and the Town listed on the account.
After discussion, the Board agreed that applicant must submit a phasing plan based on infrastructure along with a cost estimate for completion of remaining infrastructure per each phase. The Board agreed the Certificate of Action for the development must be amended to incorporate the phasing plan. The applicant will be informed of the Board’s decision.
7:22 p.m. – Form A, King Street: Azu Etoniru, P.E., Bridgewater, MA, presented Form A plan for land on King Street owned by Top Hill Farms, LLC. He explained that on January 17, 2013, the Board approved the Form A, which was then recorded. Land Court then required that property monuments be shown on the plan, which was recently done. It was noted that the Board already voted on the plan and no new vote was needed. The plan was signed and dated.
There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.
Raynham Planning Board
Christopher J. Gallagher, Clerk