The Raynham Planning Board held its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at Raynham Veterans’ Memorial Town Hall.~ Chairman Daniel Andrade opened the meeting at 6:05 p.m.
Board members present:~ Daniel Andrade, Burke Fountain, Henry Ellis, Russell Driscoll (6:12 p.m.)
Board members not present:~ Christopher Gallagher
Staff present:~~ John Charbonneau, Director Planning & Community Development; Maureen McKenney, Administrative Assistant
6:05 p.m. – Amendment to Open Space Preservation by-law, Sec. 14.5 g: Public hearing was opened.~ Mr. Ellis read the hearing notice into the record.~
Mr. Charbonneau explained the proposed amendment is a partial result of the Bassett Knoll subdivision filing when it was realized that the current wording of Sec. 14.5 g of the open space by-law is not clear regarding the affordable housing provision.~ The Planning Board is sponsoring the amendment.~ Mr. Fountain noted the amendment is to clarify the existing wording in the by-law.~ Mr. Andrade moved to recommend the amendment at Town Meeting; second Mr. Fountain; motion passed 3-0-0.
6:11 p.m. – Metro West request for abbreviated site plan:~ Matter was tabled as applicant was not yet present.
General Business:~ Mr. Fountain moved to waive the reading and approve the minutes of October 2, 2014, as received; second Mr. Ellis; motion passed 3-0-0.~ (Mr. Driscoll arrived.)
Town Planner update:~
- South Coast Rail grant: Raynham will know within two weeks if it is awarded a $10,000 grant through the program. Mr. Charbonneau noted the chances of receiving a grant are looking good at this time, and if awarded a grant, Raynham will have until June 30, 2015 to use the funds.
- MASS DOT rejected the Town’s request for signage on Route 24 to advertise the auto mile and other locations on Route 44, and Selectman Schiavo has suggested the Buddhist temple may qualify for a sign.~ Mr. Andrade noted Route 44 and the auto mile are important to the town and he suggested Mr. Charbonneau ask the Selectmen to contact Senator Pacheco for assistance in obtaining a sign for the Rte. 44 site and find out if the Norwood auto mile is advertised on Mass. highway signs. Mr. Charbonneau will follow up.
- Mr. Charbonneau has spoken to Gary McNaughton of McMahon Associates regarding the installation of the traffic lights at Center Street and Broadway, and Mr. McNaughton informed him the State is considering whether or not sidewalks should be included in the installation.~ It was noted MassDOT will determine if the sidewalks are to be installed but Wal Mart is responsible for the cost.~ After discussion, Board members agreed the sidewalks would be a good addition for the Town.
- Community Development Block Grant: Mr. Charbonneau noted the chances are slim that Raynham will receive a grant because Raynham is not considered needy.~ He is working with the Executive Director of the Raynham Housing Authority on a possible grant for affordable housing projects and other upgrades.
- Route 138 zoning was discussed.~ Mr. Charbonneau noted he has spoken to Rte. 138 residents who are favorable to rezoning Broadway.~ Mr. Andrade suggested an open forum meeting to discuss Route 138/Broadway, noting the Selectmen and Route 138 residents should be included in the meeting.~ Mr. Andrade noted the Board has some reservations about supporting a rezoning since none of them live on the road and suggested a rezoning proposal should be brought forward by those living on Rte. 138.~ Mr. Charbonneau stated the level of support shown by the Route 138 residents is nearly unanimous. Mr. Fountain agreed that the Route 138 residents should be involved if rezoning is to go forward.
6:30 p.m. – Metro West request for abbreviated site plan:~ No one was present; the matter was tabled again. (Mr. Andrade left the meeting.)
6:31 p.m. – Riverfront Estates public hearing was reconvened.~ Mr. Fountain announced that Mr. Andrade has a financial interest in the project and has left the meeting.
Attorney Edmund J. Brennan, Taunton, MA, appeared as Applicant’s representative.~ He noted the special permit request requires a four-person vote and since there are only three Board members present tonight, he requested the hearing be continued. Attorney Brennan noted that at the last meeting, the Board sent the plan to a consulting engineer for review and a letter dated October 16, 2014 has been received from E.T. Engineering Enterprises, Inc., Bridgewater, MA, and there were no major issues or objections raised in the letter.
Mr. Ellis noted that no testimony/evidence should be taken tonight.~ Attorney Brennan agreed.~ He explained that a timeline situation exists because as noted in the E.T. Engineering letter, the current special permit will expire in November.~ A new date for the hearing was discussed.~ There will not be a quorum at the Board’s next meeting on November 6th, so it was agreed to schedule a special meeting on October 28th at~ 6 p.m., if Mr. Gallagher is able to attend.
Gerard Knappik, Church Street, asked to speak.~ He was advised he could only ask about procedural matters.~ Mr. Knappik said he will speak with Attorney Brennan later.
6:36 p.m. – Metro Ford/Kia request for abbreviated site plan:~ Paul Balay, Applicant’s representative, was present.~ He apologized for being late.~ He explained Metro Ford/Kia is planning additions to both sites and he is here tonight to request an abbreviated site plan process.~ He explained that a planned addition to the front of the Kia building will not go forward now but a number of other changes to the site are proposed.~ A car wash tunnel will be the only addition to the Kia site; new bays will be added to the Ford site to be used primarily for trucks; and, new entry addition and building addition to the Ford dealership.~
Mr. Ellis requested that a delivery lane be designated on the plan; Mr. Balay agreed to do that.~~~
After discussion, the Board agreed there a number of changes are proposed but they felt the site plan was still abbreviated. The Board approved the request for abbreviated site plan process.~~
6:44 p. m. - There was no further business and the meeting adjourned.
Christopher J. Gallagher, Clerk