The Raynham Planning Board held~a meeting on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at Raynham Veterans' Memorial Town Hall.~ Chairman Andrade opened the meeting at 6:03 p.m.
Board members present:~ Daniel Andrade, Burke Fountain, Christopher Gallagher, Russell Driscoll
Board members not present:~ Henry Ellis
Staff present:~ John Charbonneau, Town Planner, Maureen McKenney, Administrative Assistant
6:05 p. m. – Building Commissioner Robert Iafrate appeared before the Board to discuss two zoning issues – temporary signs and used car sales.~ Mr. Iafrate submitted proposed language to amend the temporary sign by-law (Sec. 6.6.9 F).~ Suggested changes to the by-law include allowing temporary signs, including flag-type signs, banners, inflatable signs, portable signs and posters, no larger than 20 sq. ft., which would be an increase over what is currently allowed; one temporary sign per business/tenant at a site; and, allowing temporary signs up to 180 days per calendar year.~ Mr. Iafrate noted that the by-laws now do not allow flag-type signs but they are popular and businesses find them useful.~
The Board and Mr. Iafrate discussed allowing multiple signs on a multi-business site based on the frontage of the lot and how to limit the number of signs for safety reasons. ~Also discussed were the visibility and setback concerns for temporary signs.~ After discussion, the Board agreed to hold a public hearing on Mr. Iafrate’s amendments to temporary signs when they are formally submitted.
Mr. Iafrate then discussed that currently the zoning by-laws allow used car sales in an industrial district, which is limited to the northern section of Route 138.~ He noted that people have approached him and asked why used cars are not allowed in a business district.~ During discussion, it was noted there are some used-car lots in Town but they have grandfathered status.~ It was noted that the Board of Selectmen is the licensing authority for used car sales and the zoning enforcement officer monitors an issue with the lots if needed.
Mr. Andrade discussed that there is a used-car lot on Route 44 that in the past has parked cars on the road, and the Board has been adamant that car dealerships keep their cars off Route 44.~ Mr. Gallagher noted that a pre-existing business may be at a disadvantage at times because they cannot expand without losing their zoning protection.~ Mr. Iafrate suggested that used car lots could be conditioned through a special permit process.~ After discussion, the Board suggested Mr. Iafrate continuing working on the issue and update the Board.
6:20 p.m. – Bassett Knoll Estates public hearing was reconvened.~ Mr. Gallagher noted the Board was short one member tonight and that he himself has not decided if he will be involved in the hearing.~ Nick Harris was present on behalf of the owner and he requested a continuance of the hearing.~ He noted that no new information has been received from Nitsch Engineering although they were given their new package of information on December 22nd.~
Mr. Andrade informed Mr. Harris that a previous agreement with the Tax Collector expired and that the tax issue should be taken care of by the February 5th meeting date.~ He noted the issue needs to either be resolved, or the plan be withdrawn or the Board will proceed if neither is done.~
The public hearing was continued to February 5, 2015, 6:10 p.m.~ The Board’s time-to-act on the application is March 19, 2015.
6:25 p.m. – Public hearing for B & D Construction, Britton Street, warehouse site plan was opened.~ Mr. Gallagher read the hearing notice.~ Ken Motta, P.E., Field Engineering, Taunton, MA, and Dan DaRosa, B & D Construction, were present.~ Waiver request letter, December 22, 2014, was received from Field Engineering Co., and comment letter, January 15, 2015, was received from Nitsch Engineering.~ ~~
Mr. Motta explained the warehouse site plan is the second phase of Mr. DaRosa’s plan to move B & D Construction to Raynham.~ He noted the warehouse will have separate services from the office building on site; there will be three recharge fields in accordance with DEP policy; there will be 37 parking spaces when 50 are required; there will be 24 employees; the building can be moved 30 ft. from wetlands; the plan will be going to ConCom next week; the parking area will be partly graveled, partly paved and will be located in the existing parking area; a 20 ft. box truck will be able to drive around the back of the warehouse; and, the existing stone wall will be kept.~
Mr. Andrade noted there are more than 12 outstanding items on the Nitsch comment letter that need to be addressed and suggested the applicant continue working with Nitsch on the issues.~
John Mariorenzi, Central Glass, Broadway, asked about the size and location of the building on site.~ Mr. Motta explained. ~Richard Hill, Britton Circle, noted it can be difficult to get out of Britton Street, and he asked if the site exit would be onto Rte. 138.~ Mr. Motta explained the exit is on Britton Street.~ Mr. Motta and Mr. DaRosa both discussed the types of trucks the business will be using – medium, light-duty box trucks that will be in and out of the site twice daily, 7:00 – 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.~ Mr. DaRosa stated there will be no tractor trailers in and out of the site because usually the building lumber is delivered directly to a project site.
Barbara Mariorenzi noted there are many factors to traffic and there has been no problem during the current construction for B & D on Britton Street.
Waiver requests were discussed.~ The Board agreed waiver from Sec. 4.22 was okay; Sec. 5.1.2 – a landscape plan is shown and there are no concerns; Sec. 5.1.3 – the plan will be going to ConCom and impact to the wetlands may be further minimized; Sec. 5.3.2 – applicant will work with ConCom; Sec. 5.4 – Nitsch does not support the waiver and recommends vertical granite curbing at all curb cuts for durability.~ The Board noted the site will be private, and agreed they are okay with some Cape Cod berm and with matching the granite curbing where it currently exists.~ Sec. 5.6.2 – will waive internally on the site.
Mr. Motta noted the plan can meet the tree requirements cited by Nitsch in comment No. 24.~ Mr. Gallagher noted the Board generally has not required trees in parking areas in exchange for trees elsewhere.~
The need for a buffer was discussed.~ Jen Baccuzzo, Britton Street abutter, spoke and stated she would prefer a 4 foot vinyl fence near the parking area and a 6 ft. fence beyond that, and she does not see the need for trees.~ Mr. DaRosa and Mrs. Baccuzzo have spoken and agreed that the wisteria along the property line will be taken out and a fence provided on the property line.~ It was noted presently only the 4 ft. section of fencing is shown on the plan.~ Mr. Andrade suggested spacing out evergreen trees with the fence; it was agreed to do so.
Bob Iafrate, Building Commissioner, noted the site plan showed a property line down the middle of the site.~ He was informed that the line was removed by a Form A plan and the property is one parcel now.
Parking was discussed. The applicant was advised that a special permit is needed for a reduction in the parking space requirement.~ Applicant agreed to apply for the special permit.
There were no further comments.~ The hearing was continued to February 5th, 6:15 p.m.
General Business:~ Mr. Andrade noted there was no discussion tonight for the Rte. 138 overlay district but the Board will be discussing the issue on February 5th.
Wal Mart, Rte. 138:~ John Kucik, P.E., Bohler Engineering, was present to request partial release of the Wal Mart surety bond.~ Comment letter, December 12, 2014, was received from Nitsch Engineering.~
Mr. Gallagher informed Mr. Kucik that Wal Mart needs to submit an article for Town Meeting to have the land at the sewer pump station accepted by the Town.~ Mr. Kucik noted that would be done.
The punch list of uncompleted items that was received at the Board’s last meeting was discussed.~ Mr. Kucik was not sure what remained to be done on that list, but he noted Nitsch had estimated $58,326 as the cost to complete the project.~ It was noted that amount does not take the sewer issues into consideration.~ Mr. Gallagher stated the sewer department is holding a $90,000 bond for their issues.~ It was noted the Planning Board is holding $300,000 in surety for the site plan.~ Mr. Andrade moved that the Planning Board release any amount over $150,000.00; second Mr. Gallagher; motion passed 4-0-0.~
Town planner update:~ Mr. Charbonneau informed the Board that there is an ongoing comment period for Patriot Recycling ENF, and the Town will be commenting on the issue.
Mr. Charbonneau discussed that through a South Coast Rail Grant, he is working with SRPEDD on a pamphlet to promote business in Raynham, and Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce will distribute the pamphlet when it is ready.~ Mr. Andrade suggested the Economic Business Development Committee be asked for input on the matter.
Hutch Motor Sports will be submitting a site plan application for their business, which sells and repairs Husquvanna dirt bikes.~ The Board discussed the fact that the residential properties abut this business location and the noise factor will be a concern.
Shell Gas, at the corner of Rte. 44 and South Street West, site plan will be going forward soon.
Letter dated January 5, 2015, from Mr. Charbonneau to the Bridgewater Planning Board regarding mitigation to Raynham for the proposed hotel in Bridgewater near Raynham’s Elm Street East/North Main Street intersection was received.~ Mr. Charbonneau noted the Bridgewater Planning Board has not been receptive to Raynham receiving mitigation from the project, and he has contacted Representative D’Emilia to discuss the issue.
General business:~~ Invoices were signed. It was agreed to request $$1,000 for King Estates IV project review account.
Mr. Fountain moved to waive the reading and approve the minutes of November 20, December 4, and December 18, 2014; second Mr. Driscoll; motion passed 4-0-0.~
Mr. Andrade commented on a proposed 40B project on North Main Street in Raynham and noted there is a similar development in Bridgewater that looked well done.~
John Teixeira, First Street, Raynham, was present and informed the Board that the Council on Aging is considering an expansion of the senior center to accommodate the number of people wanting to attend events.~ He will be following up with the planning office for information on a site plan that was approved several years ago for an expansion. ~
There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 7:36 p.m.