The Raynham Planning Board held a regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, August 1, 2013, at Raynham Veterans’ Memorial Town Hall. Chairman Andrade opened the meeting at 6:10 p.m.
Board members present: Daniel Andrade, Burke Fountain, Henry Ellis, Christopher Gallagher, Russell Driscoll
Staff present: Maureen McKenney, Administrative Assistant
6:10 p.m. – Lincoln Woods: Letter dated July 22, 2013 was received from Building Inspector/ Zoning Enforcement Officer Dennis Machado regarding the modification made to the Lincoln Woods plan, specifically the condition that the Maple Street and Crimson Street roadway extensions remain private. Mr. Machado’s letter noted that if a homeowners’ association is established for Crimson Street, there will be no frontage issue for those lots but if Maple Street extension remains private, Lot 16 will not have legal frontage and a variance may be needed in order to obtain a building permit.
Mr. Hamilton and the Board discussed the matter. Mr. Hamilton stated a homeowners’ association will be established for Crimson Street extension lots but the same cannot be done for Maple Street extension. Mr. Andrade said he felt Lot 16 Maple Street does have frontage even if the roadway extension is private, and Mr. Gallagher noted that building permits are issued for lots on private ways. Board members agreed they do not want the extension roadways approved as Town roads.
Mr. Hamilton noted the Lincoln Woods plan was approved for 22 lots and no appeals of the plan were ever filed. Mr. Gallagher noted that Planning Board approval of a plan does not give zoning approval.
Mr. Fountain said the Board approved the Lincoln Woods plan and Mr. Hamilton should not be required to seek a variance at this point. He noted the Board can deny acceptance of the roadway extensions if they should be presented for acceptance at Town Meeting in the future. During discussion, Mr. Hamilton explained the driveways for Lots 16 and 17 were located on the tMaple Street cul-de-sac, not off the extension road. He noted he did what the building inspector asked of him by removing a small portion of both cul-de-sac arcs in order to continue the roadway extensions to provide frontage for the lots involved and he did not ask that the extension roadways be private.
Mr. Gallagher moved to remove the condition that the 20-ft roadway extension on Maple Street is to remain private and not be petitioned for Town road acceptance; second by Mr. Ellis; motion passed by unanimous vote. It was noted the condition still applies to Crimson Street extension.
Mr. Andrade informed Mr. Hamilton he will look at the Crimson Street extension tomorrow morning to determine the condition of the roadway.
6:25 p.m. – Public hearing for Federal Express abbreviated site plan was opened. Mr. Gallagher read the hearing notice. Jonathan Novak, P.E., Coneco Engineers, was present on behalf of applicant. A revised plan was submitted and proper filing fees were submitted to the office. Letter dated July 29, 2013 was received from Highway Superintendent Roger Stolte. Mr. Stolte’s letter informed the applicant that if any changes occur to the entrances within the town layout, a street opening permit will be needed from the highway department.
Mr. Novak explained the plan, noting that the security fence is being eliminated and the major scope of the plan is to realign the curbing and redo the asphalt areas. The Board and Mr. Novak discussed the parking spaces. It was noted the plan must meet the parking requirements or a special permit may be needed. Mr. Novak will determine if the parking is adequate.
Mr. Novak requested a fee reduction for the abbreviated plan, noting the fee submitted was based on the size of the building but no work is being done to the building. The Board informed him they will vote on the matter at the conclusion of the public hearing.
Mr. Novak agreed to respond to Mr. Stolte regarding his concerns.
The public hearing was continued to August 15, 2013, 6:10 p.m.
6:40 p.m. – Lot 10 Forge River Park site plan public hearing was reconvened. Applicant George Turner was present.
Mr. Andrade informed the Board that a message was received from Town Counsel Antine advising the Board that research into the Board’s questions with Forge River Park is ongoing and the only certainty is that Forge River Park is not a public way at this time as the conditions of acceptance were not met.
Mr. Turner agreed to continue the hearing. After discussion, the Board and Mr. Turner agreed that if the legal issues with the roadway are not resolved by the next meeting, the Board will proceed with the site plan and the legal issues can be addressed at the building permit process.
Mr. Turner noted that Azu Etoniru, Conservation Commission Agent, has approved the plan. Mr. Gallagher said he will review the plan for the next meeting, and he will contact Mr. Etoniru to discuss the drainage.
The hearing was continued to August 15th, 6:20 p.m.
- The Rte. 138 WalMart construction bond was discussed. The Board agreed to request an 18-month extension of the August 18, 2013 dated shown on the bond.
- Letter dated August 1, 2013 was received from John Noblin and Frank Campbell requesting a reduction in the bond for Campbell Court subdivision. A construction cost estimate will be requested from Beals and Thomas for the next meeting.
- Mr. Fountain moved to waive the reading and approve the minutes of May 2, and June 20, 2013; second by Mr. Driscoll; motion passed by unanimous vote.
- There were no invoices to be signed.
There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 6:55 p.m.
Christopher J. Gallagher, Clerk