The Raynham Planning Board held a regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at Raynham Veterans’ Memorial Town Hall. Chairman Andrade opened the meeting at 6:05 p.m.
Board members present: Daniel Andrade, Christopher Gallagher, Russell Driscoll, Henry Ellis
Staff present: John Charbonneau, Director of Planning & Development, Maureen McKenney, Administrative Assistant
6:05 p.m. – George Estates: Developer Joe Arruda appeared before the Board to discuss a reduction in the surety bond for George Estates. A Construction Cost Estimate (CCE), dated September 4, 2013, prepared by Beals & Thomas, Inc., was received. Letter dated September 19, 2013 was received from Sitec Engineering with a list of waiver requests.
Mr. Arruda submitted revised landscape plan. He informed the Board he was not able to meet with Highway Superintendent Roger Stolte to discuss the fence around the basin but he will be doing that soon. Mr. Arruda noted he wants to eliminate the fence around the basin for aesthetic reasons and because he feels it is not necessary for the dry basin.
Mr. Arruda asked to eliminate the 35 rhododendrons required by the plan because the deer will eat them. It was noted the rhododendrons are a line item separate from the street trees. Mr. Arruda asked the Board to reduce the amount being held for road maintenance/clean up as he feels the amount is excessive. (Mr. Ellis arrived.)
Mr. Andrade reviewed the Construction Cost Estimate. The Board and Mr. Arruda discussed the street trees required per the plan. Mr. Arruda requested to eliminate the street trees on the left side of the roadway entrance, which will reduce the total number of required trees to 44, because there is a natural tree line along the entrance. Mr. Gallagher moved to reduce the amount required for planting of street trees by $8,000 to the amount of $17,935, as requested; second by Mr. Driscoll; motion passed by unanimous vote.
There was discussion of the chain link fence around the basin. It was noted the basin is 3 to 4 feet deep. Mr. Arruda explained he wants to surround the basin with large boulders rather than the chain link fence. He noted it will be difficult to maintain the fence where it will be located and the fence would be a catch-all for trash. After discussion, the Board decided to not eliminate the $5,000 for the fence from the bond estimate but that the issue could be addressed as a minor modification to the plan at a later date. Mr. Arruda agreed to contact Mr. Stolte to discuss the fence. The fence matter was tabled to later date.
The Board discussed reducing the $18,000 line item amount in the CCE for the road maintenance/ clean-up. After discussion Mr. Ellis moved to reduce the amount to $7500; second by Mr. Gallagher; motion passed by unanimous vote.
Mr. Arruda informed the Board he will be replacing the tripartite surety agreement the Board is holding for George Estates with cash in the amount of the new bond estimate. The Board was agreeable to this being done.
6:28 p.m. – Lot 10, Forge River Parkway, site plan public hearing was reconvened. It was noted the applicant had verbally requested a continuance of the hearing. The Board continued the hearing to October 3, 2013, 6:15 p.m.
6:29 p.m. – Veterans’ Memorial - Peter King, Raynham, MA, appeared before the Board on behalf of the Raynham Veterans’ Memorial Committee. Mr. King noted the stockade fence behind the memorial is now gone and the Committee would like to plant arborvitae trees as a backdrop to the memorial. The Board and Mr. King discussed that the fence must be located inside the property setback. Mr. King explained the landscaping work that will be done, including removal of a large tree stump, clean up of brush and replacing the existing picnic table.
Mr. Andrade asked if there will be any additions to the memorial in the future. James Banks, Eleanor Road, member of the memorial committee, stated there are no plans at this time for an addition to the memorial.
Mr. King noted the matter was before the Conservation Commission last night and they approved the proposed arborvitaes. Mr. Ellis asked if there was a conflict with the abutter on the new trees. Mr. King stated there was no conflict.
Mr. Andrade stated no vote on the trees will be taken but the Board’s consensus is favorable. He stated he does not want the trees to encroach into the abutting property in the future. Mr. King stated he was informed that a five-foot setback will be sufficient for the trees’ growth.
6:35 p.m. – Town planner update:
§ Mr. Charbonneau discussed that the Rte. 138 study committee will be meeting soon and one or two new members may be needed due to vacancies. He is gathering information for the committee and getting ready to proceed. Mr. Andrade noted he is on the committee and he agreed it is time to move forward.
§ Memo dated September 10, 2013 regarding King’s Estates Road Acceptance Article was received from John Charbonneau. Mr. Charbonneau discussed the street trees at King Estates, noting there will be 22 trees planted and the bond insurance company will be working with a landscaper to locate the trees in the subdivision. Mr. Charbonneau stated there is not enough time to have the roads in King Estates ready for acceptance at the fall town meeting but it could be done at the next annual town meeting. Mr. Andrade stated all issues should be pursued now as if the road acceptance process was going forward.
§ Mr. Charbonneau informed the Board he will be attending a FEMA seminar next week. He noted FEMA has sent out drafts of the changes to the flood maps and all are welcome to view them at Town Hall. It was noted that if residents have individual concerns specific to their property, they will have to speak directly with FEMA. Mr. Gallagher noted some of the lines on the flood map seem arbitrary. Mr. Charbonneau noted comments on the maps are due to FEMA within the next two weeks. The Board was agreeable to Mr. Charbonneau commenting on the flood maps on their behalf.
§ Memo dated September 18, 2013 was received from John Charbonneau regarding the medical marijuana treatment center by-law for the upcoming fall town meeting. Mr. Charbonneau discussed the proposed by-law, noting it will allow medical marijuana facilities in the industrial district on the west side of Broadway near the dog track property. The Board and Mr. Charbonneau discussed the setbacks from a treatment center to residences, schools and churches. It was agreed a 1000 foot setback from Residential A district, churches and schools may be too restrictive and will not pass with the Attorney General’s office. After discussion, the Board agreed to a
500 foot setback, which is consistent with state regulations. The Board voted unanimously to hold a public hearing on October 17th for the proposed by-law.
§ Letter dated September 18, 2013 was received from Town Administrator Randall Buckner forwarding two proposed amendments to zoning by-laws for the fall town meeting. Mr. Charbonneau explained the proposed amendment to Section 6.6.8, Signs Not Requiring Permits, will exempt schools from needing permits for small signs advertising school events. The Board voted unanimously to hold a public hearing for October 17th.
§ Mr. Charbonneau explained that the proposed amendment to Section 4.1.1, Residential A District Permitted Uses, was submitted by the Building Commissioner. The Board voted unanimously to hold a public hearing on October 17th.
§ Two memos, each dated September 10, 2013, was received from John Charbonneau regarding Planning Board fees. The Board tabled discussion on the fees until there is a full Board present. Mr. Ellis commended Mr. Charbonneau on the fee comparisons.
§ Mr. Charbonneau informed the Board he is working on a CIC grant with the fire department and town administrator.
General Business: Beals & Thomas invoices for George Estates and Campbell Court were signed. It was noted the project review accounts for those subdivisions are depleted. The Board voted unanimously to request additional funds for the accounts.
The minutes of September 5, 2013 were tabled to the next meeting.
There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at approximately 7:05 p.m.
Christopher J. Gallagher, Clerk