The Raynham Planning Board held a meeting on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at Raynham Veterans' Memorial Town Hall. Chairman Daniel Andrade opened the meeting at 6:00 p.m.
Board members present: Daniel Andrade, Burke Fountain, Henry Ellis, Christopher Gallagher, Russell Driscoll
Staff present: Maureen McKenney, Administrative Assistant
6:00 p. m. - 512 South Street East: Developer Douglas King, Easton, MA, appeared before the Board to discuss his South Street East property. He submitted correspondence dated February 5, 2014 and February 7, 2014, explaining his proposal to construct 60 market-rate condo units on this 100-acre parcel instead of the remaining 134 apartment units that are approved as part of the 1987 Riverview Meadows 40B comprehensive permit.
Mr. King explained that he believes the comprehensive permit to build the two remaining phases is still valid but the 40B permit may not be the best use for this piece of land adjacent to the Taunton River, which has been designated as a scenic river. Mr. King explained that he has worked with Wildland Trust and Nature Conservancy to protect nearby open space. He discussed his plan to provide the Town with a permanent access to the Taunton River along with a graveled parking area for five cars.
Mr. Andrade pointed out that the parcel is zoned business and residential subdivisions are not allowed in a Business District and the Town of Raynham does not allow use variances. He noted a zoning change would be needed to construct the townhouse units on the parcel, but if Mr. King’s parcel is the only property rezoned, it may be considered spot zoning by the attorney general’s office.
Mr. King noted that an over-55 community can be built in a business district. He discussed that he has paid all the fees connected to the 40B permit, including fees paid to the City of Taunton, and would like those fees to apply towards any other project he may build.
After discussion the Board agreed the major issue is zoning and any zoning change would need Town Meeting approval. It was agreed that the matter needs further research.
Mr. King suggested a by-law amendment that would allow a residential subdivision in a Business District on a parcel having at least 20 acres and approved by special permit from the Planning Board. Mr. Gallagher stated he was not in favor, noting much of Mr. King’s remaining land is in a flood plain and if were practical, the 40B units would have been built. He noted the idea could open a lot of business zoned land up to residential subdivisions and he was not in favor of a by-law for only one parcel of land. Mr. Ellis noted he would consider the use if allowed by special permit. Mr. Fountain questioned if Mr. King’s parcel, with its limited frontage, could support a business use of significant size but that he needed to consider the matter further.
Mr. King spoke of a similar project he is building in Foxboro, which was approved by that town through creation of an overlay district.
After discussion, it was agreed the matter needed further research and consideration. No action was taken.
General business: Mr. Fountain moved to waive the reading and approve the minutes of February 6, 2014; second by Mr. Driscoll. Motion passed by unanimous vote.
There was no correspondence and no invoices to be paid.
There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 6:29 p.m.
Christopher J. Gallagher, Clerk