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Planning Board minutes October 3, 2013
The Raynham Planning Board held a meeting on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at Raynham Veterans' Memorial Town Hall.  Chairman Andrade opened the meeting at 6:01 p.m.

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

Board members not present:  Christopher Gallagher

Staff present:  John Charbonneau, Director Planning & Community Development; Maureen McKenney, Administrative Assistant

6:01 p.m. – Metro West site plan: Michael Grieco, Metro West, and Brian Dunn, MBL Land Development & Permitting Corp., So. Easton, MA, appeared before the Board to request a temporary occupancy permit for Metro Volkswagen, Route 44.  Mr. Andrade explained that all site paving, striping and internal circulation signage will need to be completed before a permanent occupancy permit will be granted.  It was noted there was a change in the rip-rap but that would not affect the temporary occupancy permit.

It was noted the temporary occupancy permit is granted for 60 days.  It was agreed that Metro VW will post a $50,000 cash bond before the permit is issued.  Mr. Grieco explained that the cars will be brought onto the lot when the temporary occupancy permit is issued and Metro VW is trying to accomplish that within the next week.

Mr. Charbonneau noted he visited the site and found the landscaping to be in good condition.  

Mr. Andrade moved to grant a temporary certificate of occupancy with the following conditions:  the final as-built plan will be submitted and sent to Nitsch Engineering for review; the paving, signage – specifically, the internal directional signage – shall be installed; and, a check for $50,000 will be submitted to the Planning Board office but not deposited unless the temporary occupancy permit expires.

It was noted the off-loading area for the cars is located in front of adjacent Metro Ford site, as was agreed upon during the permitting process. The three Metro auto dealerships are owned by the same entity and there should be a note on the plans addressing the issue of splitting of the properties if it occurs.  

Mr. Ellis seconded Mr. Andrade’s motion; motion passed by unanimous vote (4).

6:15 p.m. Lot 10 Forge River Park site plan public hearing was reconvened.  Mr. Charbonneau informed the Board that the applicant had called today and requested a continuance.  The public hearing was continued to October17, 2013, 6 p.m.   

General Business:  Minutes were tabled to the next meeting.

Town Planner update:

§      A meeting of the Rte. 138 zoning committee will be held in early November.  Mr. Charbonneau is working on a draft by-law for a mixed use overlay district.

§      King Estates:  Lopes Construction will be installing the street trees at the subdivision. Graves Engineering is assisting Lopes in determining the location of the trees.

§      Discussion on amending the Board’s fee schedule was tabled to the next meeting.

§      Mr. Charbonneau recently attended a meeting for regional priority update areas.  He noted Raynham Woods business park is being considered as a priority area, and he is working with SRPEDD on the matter.

§      Medical marijuana by-law:  Mr. Charbonneau informed the Board that he recently spoke to Selectman Schiavo about the by-law and Mr. Schiavo is not in favor of locating the facilities in the industrial area near the dog track property.  Mr. Charbonneau explained that an alternate by-law was discussed to allow the medical marijuana facilities in the Raynham Woods Designated Development District only.  The possibility of an overlay district for the facilities was considered but due to time constraints the overlay district could not be prepared for the upcoming Town Meeting.  An extension of the temporary moratorium that is now in effect was considered and Mr. Charbonneau informed the Board he had high level of confidence that the Town would receive approval from the AG’s office for the extension.  As a result, there will be two articles put forward to Town Meeting – the proposed by-law locating medical marijuana facilities in an industrial district and a proposed by-law extending the temporary moratorium now in effect.    

Mr. Andrade discussed that growing and processing of marijuana as well as selling could be involved at these facilities and that is why Towns are locating the facilities in an         industrial district.  He noted the facilities should be located in an industrial district but others areas could be added later.

Mr. Charbonneau noted if the 500 ft. setback is adopted, it could affect property on Paramount Drive because there is a day care facility located there.

§      The Planning Board’s public hearing on proposed amendments to Raynham zoning by-laws is scheduled for October 17th, 6:05 p.m.

There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 6:37 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Christopher J. Gallagher, Clerk

Town of Raynham 558 South Main St., Raynham, MA 02767
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