The Raynham Planning Board held a meeting on Thursday, February 6, 2014, at Raynham Veterans' Memorial Town Hall. Chairman Andrade opened the meeting at 6:02 p.m.
Board members present: Daniel Andrade, Burke Fountain, Henry Ellis, Christopher Gallagher, Russell Driscoll
Staff present: John Charbonneau, Director Planning & Community Development; Maureen McKenney, Administrative Assistant
6:02 p.m. - 272 Hill Street: Request for determination of site plan applicability. Mr. Bumila was not present yet. Mr. Andrade explained that the trucking business at 272 Hill Street, owned by Bumila, wants to construct a 60 ft. by 60 ft. addition to the existing building. The Board reviewed photos that Mr. Bumila had provided to the office showing the location of the addition.
After discussion, it was determined that site plan is needed for the addition but the Board is agreeable to an abbreviated site plan process. Mr. Fountain moved that abbreviated site plan is adequate for the 60 ft. by 60 ft. addition at 272 Hill Street; second by Mr. Driscoll. Motion passed by unanimous vote.
Mr. Bumila arrived. He was informed that the Board agreed to abbreviated site plan for the building addition.
6:05 p.m. – Town Planner update:
- Mr. Charbonneau distributed map printouts showing three possible locations for a medical marijuana overlay district in the Rte. 44 and Church St. area. The Board discussed the proposed locations: Option 1 proposes a 500 ft. buffer from the center line of Route 44; Option 2 proposes all parcels abutting Route 44 within the specific area; Option 3 proposes the existing business district zone from Church Street to Town line.
It was noted that although an overlay district is being proposed for location of a medical marijuana site, there can also be other businesses located in the district. Mr. Charbonneau stated the Board of Selectmen has no preference on the district boundaries. It was noted there are several car dealerships in the area.
Mr. Ellis commented that because the Board is approving the location of an overlay district does not mean that a medical marijuana dispensary facility is happening. It was noted the State mandates that a maximum of five facilities per county is allowed.
Mr. Fountain moved to recommend Option 1 of the three options for the medical marijuana overlay district; second by Mr. Driscoll. Motion passed by unanimous vote.
- Wal Mart is preparing for a March opening and will be applying for a Certificate of Occupancy soon. It was noted that Mass. DOT must also sign off on the project as well as the Town of Raynham. Wal Mart has been advised of the issues that must be completed before a CO is issued, such as the traffic lights must be working. The Board agreed that the final road pavement can be done in the spring and that the landscaping is not a top priority at this time but all other issues must be completed. It was noted that the Center Street light is not necessary for the opening but a police detail will be required until that light is functioning.
- The Route 138 zoning overlay committee will be meeting next Monday.
- Mr. Charbonneau is working with Applied Geographics to update the GIS data and correct inconsistencies. Applied Geographics recommended another flyover be conducted but there are no funds available. Mr. Gallagher discussed that there are other ways to handle the matter other than a new flyover.
- Mr. Charbonneau discussed a zoning amendment related to beekeeping in Residential A districts. He noted there is concern that the state may not approve restrictions. Town Counsel has been consulted on the matter.
- Mr. Charbonneau explained that Building Commissioner/Zoning Enforcement Officer Dennis Machado has asked for a zoning amendment regulating the location of storage boxes on residential properties, specifically that they not be allowed in front yards, similar to sheds. It was noted the storage boxes are not temporary dumpsters but rather larger, more permanent structures. The by-law is being worked on for Town Meeting.
- The Board discussed proposed changes to the subdivision regulations. Language regarding deeds for new road acceptance will be amended, and language addressing covenants/surety will be changed to be less strict.
General Business: Mr. Fountain moved to waive the reading and accept the minutes of January 16, 2014 as submitted; second by Mr. Ellis. Motion passed by unanimous vote.
6:30 p.m. – Tom Carney arrived on behalf of Douglas King to discuss Mr. King’s property on South Street East. As Mr. King had not yet arrived, the Board tabled the discussion to the next meeting.
6:31 p.m. – There was no further business and the meeting adjourned.
Christopher Gallagher, Clerk