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Planning Board minutes September 18, 2014
The Raynham Planning Board held a meeting on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at Raynham Veterans' Memorial Town Hall.  Vice Chairman Burke Fountain opened the meeting at 6:10 p.m.

Board members present:  Burke Fountain, Henry Ellis, Christopher Gallagher, Russell Driscoll

Board members not present:  Daniel Andrade

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

6:10 p.m. – Mr. Fountain announced Executive Session was scheduled.~ After unanimous vote, the Board went into Executive Session.

6:44 p.m. – The regular Planning Board meeting was reconvened.

6:45 p.m. – Carlton Street subdivision:~ the public hearing was reconvened.~ Attorney Edmund Brennan, Taunton, MA, was present as Applicant’s representative.~ He noted that at the last meeting there was an issue with water going onto the neighbor’s property, and as a result, the plan was revised.~ Attorney Brennan noted the engineer was agreeable with the changes proposed by the Board and revised the plan accordingly.~ He discussed the revisions made, noting that a swale system is now planned to pick up water to help alleviate water problems at 73 Raymond Ave.~ Attorney Brennan explained how the swale system directs the flow of water along a drainage easement and proceeds westerly towards a low point at the cul-de-sac.~ It was noted the swale system has been extended further than previously and now minimizes piping and rip-rap.~ Mr. Gallagher noted “spot shots” were done.

Mrs. Antone Loretto, 73 Raymond Ave, addressed the Board and stated she is very worried about water and is not trusting of the plan.~ She noted her basement has been pumped out by the fire department in the past due to water problems.~ Mr. Fountain explained that the engineer says this plan will improve this situation and the engineer on the Board agrees and asked Mrs. Antone if she was saying she does not want the swales.~ Mrs. Antone said she is not saying that but is saying she is concerned.

Attorney Brennan asked the Board to approve the subdivision plan.~ Mr. Fountain moved to approve the waivers from Raynham Planning Board Subdivision Rules and Regulations, Sections 8.1, 8.2, 8.9, 8.10, 9.9, 9.10 and 9.16, as shown on the plan; Mr. Driscoll second; motion passed 4-0-0.
Mr. Fountain moved to approve “A Definitive Subdivision, Carlton Street, Assessors’ Map 17, Lot 60, Carlton Street, Raynham, MA 02767,” dated 5/27/14 and revised through 9/12/14, prepared by Silva Engineering Associates, P.C., Bridgewater, Massachusetts 02324; second Mr. Driscoll; motion passed 4-0-0.  Attorney Brennan will draft a proposed Certificate of Action.

Town Planner update:

  • Mr. Charbonneau submitted two memos dated~September 16, 2014,~regarding traffic studies recently done along Rte. 138 and Elm Street East.~ He noted the full numerical data related to both studies is available in the office.~ He discussed the Rte. 138 study, explaining where the tubes that collect the data for traffic volume, speed and vehicle classification were placed along the roadways.~ Mr. Gallagher stated this data may change when the traffic light is installed at Center Street.~ Mr. Charbonneau noted the study indicates Carver Street is a cut-through street as is Center Street and WalMart has not increased traffic much.~ The study was done by MassDot at no cost to the Town and can be done again when the Center Street lights are installed.~ Mr. Fountain asked if SRPEDD can interpret the data for the Board.~ Mr. Charbonneau said they can do a generalization.~ Mr. Ellis questioned if the study was done while Market Basket was not fully open.~ Mr. Charbonneau noted the study was done from September 9 to 12.~ Mr. Fountain noted there could now be an uptick in traffic on Rte. 138 due to the traffic lights and new pavement.
Mr. Charbonneau discussed the Elm Street East traffic study, noting Selectman Schiavo had expressed concerns with the impact of the 40B apartment project being constructed on Rte. 104 in Bridgewater near the Elm Street East intersection.~ Mr. Charbonneau stated the traffic study on Elm S. East indicates traffic is down about 1000 vehicles daily since the last study was done.~ He noted a Marriott Hotel and retail complex are being planned along with the 40B project.

  • Central Oil, 728 Broadway:~ Mr. Charbonneau discussed that there have been reports of diesel and kerosene on this property and a study is being considered to clean up the site.~ He has met with several Town officials after the Selectmen Chairman expressed concern with the property.~ The property is private so the Town cannot enter without permission.~ Mr. Charbonneau explained there is a possibility of getting a Brownfield grant to clean up the site, which is located in a Zone II water resource area, but the first step would be gaining access to the property.~ It was noted this property is site specific due to reports of contamination.~ Mr. Charbonneau explained that the State has reached out to the owner in the past but nothing has been done to date.~ He noted due diligence is being done on the property for reasons of public safety and health.
Mr. Driscoll commented that Weir Corp. in Taunton has done similar studies in the past to clean up properties, and he suggested Mr. Charbonneau contact them to discuss.~

  • Fall Special Town Meeting:~ there are five zoning articles on the warrant.~ Planning Board hearing will be held on October 2nd and October 16th on the amendments.
  • Patriot Recycling at Raynham Park - has been on Mass DEP radar for exceeding the maximum tonnage and in the past has been fined for this.  
  • Bassett Knoll subdivision:~ Pre-application meeting was held with department heads for the subdivision plan.~ The plan is for 70 lots; the Board approved 64 as the number of lots allowed by definitive plan and the developer has added six lots per the open space by-law, Sec. 14.5 g.~~~
Memo dated September 18, 2014 was received from Mr. Charbonneau regarding the additional six lots on the Bassett Knoll plan.~ The Board discussed and agreed that Sec. 14.5 g should be clarified and amended to remove the wording in the by-law that allows additional lots beyond what a conventional plan would allow once payment is made to Raynham Housing Authority (RHA) for development of affordable housing in lieu of providing affordable lots within the new subdivision.~ The Board also discussed that the by-law does not specify how the donation to RHA was to be used; it was agreed it was the RHA’s purview to determine.~ Mr. Ellis moved to sponsor the amendment to Sec. 14.5 g; second Mr. Fountain; motion passed 4-0-0.

General business:~ Mr. Fountain moved to waive the reading and approve the minutes of September 4, 2014; second Mr. Ellis; motion passed 4-0-0.

There was no further business, and the meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Christopher Gallagher, Clerk

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