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Planning Board minutes August 7, 2014
The Raynham Planning Board held a meeting on Thursday, August 7, 2014, at Raynham Veterans' Memorial Town Hall.  Chairman Daniel Andrade opened the meeting at 6:02 p.m.

Board members present:  Daniel Andrade, Burke Fountain, Christopher Gallagher, Russell Driscoll

Board members not present:  Henry Ellis

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

6:02 p.m. – 252 Britton Street:  discussion tabled to later in meeting.

6:02 p.m. – Town Planner update:  Mr. Charbonneau discussed four zoning amendments that are being prepared for the fall Town Meeting, including amendment to Article 18, Adult Retirement Community by-law, to add a six-month residency limit for adults under age 55 who are not a spouse of an owner or a mentally disabled person.  Mr. Fountain asked if the residents of the ARC were consulted on the proposal and Mr. Charbonneau stated no.  After discussion, the Board agreed Mr. Charbonneau should get input on the by-law from those affected before proceeding.  Also, being considered is an amendment to add language for a time limit and maximum size for a temporary sign.  The by-law is proposed by the Building Commissioner and the Board agreed they had no issues with it.  Also proposed is amendment to Section 13.8.d to allow issuance of an occupancy permit for individual phases and/or buildings for condominium developments.  After discussion, the Board agreed the amendment should not be specific to condos but should include all multi-family units and/or developments.  Also proposed is an amendment to rezone a portion of 252 Britton St. property from Residential A to Business to allow a business project.

Mr. Charbonneau informed the Board that the trees at Route 44 Toyota have been replaced as instructed.  He discussed an effort being considered to clean up blighted properties and properties having zoning violations, including residential properties.  Those working on the effort may include the Building Dept., Board of Health, Police Dept., Economic Business Development Commission and Town Planner.  Mr. Andrade suggested that the new by-law regarding storage containers should be enforced.

General Business:  Mr. Fountain moved to waive the reading and approve the minutes of July 17, 2014; second by Mr. Driscoll; motion passed 4-0-0.

6:23 p.m. – 252 Britton Street:  Ken Motta, Field Engineering, appeared before the Board along with Dan DaRosa, B & D Construction, Taunton, MA, to request an abbreviated site plan process for Mr. DaRosa’s proposed project at 252 Britton Street.  Mr. Motta explained that B & D Construction, with 24 employees, is located in Taunton and wants to move to the Britton Street location.  The first phase of the project will involve an addition to the existing office/residential structure, for which site plan approval is needed.  He noted there are zoning issues and a public hearing is scheduled with the Board of Appeals on August 20th.  The second stage of the project will be for construction of a warehouse and a full site plan process is expected for that process.

After discussion, it was agreed that site plan approval is needed for the project.  Mr. Motta said he has met with the Building Commissioner and he is okay with the proposal, and Mr. DaRosa agreed, noting the Building Commissioner is okay with the first phase if the site is kept as a mixed residential/business use as it is now.  A rezoning will be needed to proceed with Phase 2/warehouse construction but the second phase is not part of tonight’s request for abbreviated site plan.  It was noted the owner is proceeding at his risk on the rezoning issue.  Mr. Motta explained the natural features of the site, including the existing stone wall, will be lost if the warehouse is situated on the front business-zoned portion of the lot.  Mr. Andrade noted there is a committee in place now trying to rezone all of Broadway.

Mr. Motta briefly explained the parking area, noting there will be no parking at the office building and all parking spots are pre-existing.

Mr. Fountain moved to allow the 252 Broadway project to proceed with abbreviated site plan process for the expansion of the existing building not to exceed 100% of the business area; second by Mr. Driscoll; motion passed 4-0-0.  

6:40 p.m. – Carlton Street subdivision plan: The public hearing was reconvened.  Attorney Edmund Brennan, Taunton, MA, appeared on behalf of the applicant.  He explained that Silva Engineering has responded to the recent Beals & Thomas comments and will be conducting soil tests on August 14th.  Silva Engineering will then provide supplemental responses to Beals & Thomas after testing.  Attorney Brennan requested a continuation of the hearing, noting they will be prepared to go forward at the next meeting.  The public hearing was continued to August 21, 2014, 6:15 p.m.  No testimony was taken.

6:43 p.m. – Deer Hill Development LLC/Forge Estates (formerly Bella Estates) condominiums:  Shane Oates, P.E., Coneco Engineers and Scientists, Bridgewater, MA, along with Attorney Robert Shelmerdine, Sharon, MA, presented a proposed minor modification to the approved Forge/Bella Estates site plan.  Mr. Oates noted the Board has previously approved a similar minor modification.  He explained there are three buildings on site now, two occupied and one under construction.  Buildings 6 and 10 are the last of Phase I and are the subject of tonight’s request.  Utilities will remain the same, detention basin is functioning and the final base coat will be done after Buildings 6 and 10 are completed.

Mr. Oates explained the proposed changes are needed due to the fact that there will now be front garages at the condo units, but the only change being made is to the building locations as previously approved.  He stated there will be a small shift in the location of Building 10 a few feet to the north and Building 6 will shift a few feet to the west. Mr. Andrade stated a red-line plan is needed to better see the changes.

Mr. Gallagher moved to approve the new location/configuration of Buildings 6 and 10 as shown on Bella Estates, Hill St., Raynham, MA, Minor Modification to Previously Approved Site Plan, Endorsement Plan, Building 6 and 10, dated 08/07/2014, by Coneco Eng.; Mr. Andrade second; motion passed 4-0-0.  It was noted there are two phases to the project and no modifications are being made to Phase 2.

6:52 p.m. – Walmart, Route 138, site plan:  Attorney William Rosa, Wynn & Wynn, Raynham, MA, appeared before the Board to request an extension of the temporary occupancy permit (TCO) for Walmart. Status update letter, dated August 7, 2014, was received from Bohler Engineering.  Attorney Rosa explained that repaving on Rte. 138 will begin on Monday and will be done within a week.  He informed the Board that an easement to gain access from Broadway to the pump station has been secured with Murby (copy was provided), and Walmart will convey the fee interest in the pump station to the Town.

Mr. Gallagher asked for a plan showing the easement parcel so the Sewer Department can then prepare and present an article for acceptance to Town Meeting.  Attorney Rosa stated the plan is being done now and should be ready for the next Town Meeting. He then requested an additional 60 days on the TCO in order to finalize the process.  It was noted that all exterior work and landscaping will be done prior to the Town accepting the easement parcel.  Mr. Andrade noted there is some housekeeping/landscaping on Rte. 138 that needs to be cleaned up.  Attorney Rosa will inform Walmart of this.  Mr. Andrade moved to grant an additional 60 days to the TCO; Mr. Fountain second; motion passed 4-0-0.

Attorney Rosa then discussed GATRA service to the Broadway Walmart.~ He noted that during the site plan process, MEPA findings favored the bus service to the site, and he has now been informed the Planning Board needs to initiate the process.  Mr. Andrade noted that if a structure is added to the site, a minor modification to the site plan is needed.  He stated the Board would welcome GATRA service to the site.  It was agreed that Attorney Rosa will draft a letter to GATRA for the Board’s consideration and signature.

General Business:  The approved 147 South Street West site plan was endorsed.~ (Mr. Andrade excused himself from the next matter and left the meeting.)

7:04 p.m. – Riverfront Estates TDR plan:  Attorney Edmund Brennan, Taunton, MA, appeared before the Board on behalf of Riverfront LLC, owner of property on Church Street.  He submitted letter dated August 7, 2014 regarding the Church Street/Riverfront, LLC, TDR plan.  Attorney Brennan explained that the owner is considering a modification to the approved TDR plan in order to make it feasible at this point in time to proceed with the TDR plan as well as to preserve the Church Street winery property.  

Attorney Brennan explained the proposal that would effectively result in removing three lots from the approved TDR plan, which will reduce the number of TDR lots from 10 to 7, and the three lots removed from the TDR plan would then becoming conventional lots by means of a new subdivision plan.   Attorney Brennan explained there will be approximately 25 acres of open space with public access to the Taunton River as a result of the plan.   It was noted a ‘hammerhead’ access is proposed for the open space area, and applicant would be asking for road waivers on the subdivision.

After discussion, Board members agreed they were okay with the concept presented.  

There was no further business, and the meeting adjourned at 7:24 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Christopher J. Gallagher, Clerk

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