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Planning Board minutes August 20, 2015
The Raynham Planning Board held~its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday,~August 20, 2015, at Raynham Veterans' Memorial Town Hall.~ The meeting was opened at 6:05 p.m. by Chairman Andrade.

Board members present:~ Daniel Andrade, Burke Fountain, Russell Driscoll

Board members not present:  Christopher Gallagher, John Teixeira

Staff present:~ John Charbonneau, Town Planner; Maureen McKenney, Administrative Assistant

6:05 p.m. – Public hearing for Doe Run subdivision was reconvened.  It was noted that Frank Gallagher, P.E., was not present tonight.  Applicants Carol Sullivan, Richard Smith and Marie Smith were present.    Letter dated August 20, 2015, was received from Highway Superintendent Ed Buckley, and e-mail dated August 19, 2015, was received from Raynham ConCom.

Mr. Charbonneau informed the Board that the Highway Superintendent may be okay with lifting the moratorium on cutting into the new pavement on Pine Street if the road is redone by the applicant after water lines are installed.  He noted that Frank Gallagher will be looking into whether or not it is cost effective to locate the water lines within the roadway and then make repairs or to locate the lines off the roadway shoulder.  Mr. Charbonneau discussed the fact that a nearby culvert may be affected by the 29 new homes in the area, and that while applicant should not be responsible for the total cost of possible repairs to the culvert, the Board could consider having applicant contribute an amount towards potential future repairs.     

Richard Smith informed the Board that the culvert has been on Pine Street since 1959 and may have been redone when Courtney Estates was built, but it is holding up well.  Mr. Andrade asked that it be determined how old the culvert actually is.

Mr. Andrade stated Highway Superintendent Buckley’s comments regarding the location of the water service extension made common sense and he was okay with them.  Mr. Smith asked if the top coat for the repaired road could be done when the subdivision road is constructed.  Mr. Andrade said he would recommend a limit on the number of years for getting it done.  Mr. Smith said he understood the reasoning but noted the longevity and history of the applicants.  

Mr. Andrade explained that ConCom has requested a guardrail to protect certain areas of the site.  Mr. Smith asked if they could use either a guardrail or large rocks to prevent people from driving cars into the areas.  Mr. Andrade noted nothing on this matter was mentioned in the Nitsch comment letter but whichever barrier was used, it could be added to the plan.  

Mr. Andrade noted that Mr. Buckley concurs with Nitsch Engineering and does not support the requested waiver from sieve analysis requirements.  Mr. Andrade requested that the waiver list be re-worded in order to clarify what waivers are actually being requested.  

Mr. Fountain noted the last letter from Nitsch engineering was lengthy.  An updated letter from Nitsch will be requested.

The public hearing was continued to September 3, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.

6:23 p.m. – 1635 Broadway/Kennedy Plumbing site plan:  Steve Kennedy presented a plan for proposed revisions to the approved abbreviated site plan.  E-mail dated August 19, 2015, was received from Raynham ConCom.

Mr. Kennedy explained the Broadway property is zoned Business in the front and Residential A in the rear.  He noted that a loading dock is being planned for the rear of the building so a turnaround area is needed, and due to the limited space on site, they are hoping to use part of the Residential A area for the turnaround.  

Mr. Kennedy informed the Board that the parking has been redone with seven spaces being relocated from the boundary line of the Business/Residential A zones to the area at the rear of the building.  The parking at the zoning line was eliminated to make room for the turnaround area, which now extends into the Residential A area.  

Mr. Andrade asked if waivers are required.  Mr. Kennedy thought none were needed because they were providing wheel stops, sidewalks around the building and a landscape strip.  The plan provides the required number of parking spaces.  Mr. Andrade asked if there is no parking in the back area, with just the turnaround being located there.  Mr. Kennedy stated yes.  

Mr. Charbonneau stated that ConCom is okay with extending into the residential area as proposed and the building inspector is okay also.  He stated it is a good idea to keep the turnaround graveled and not paved to avoid runoff problems.

Upon question from Mr. Fountain, Mr. Kennedy stated the turnaround area is on top of a recharge system and another recharge system is at the front of the property.  Mr. Fountain asked if a recharge area is okay on pervious surface.  Mr. Kennedy said he will find out.  Mr. Andrade noted that it looked like allowances were made for the H20 load and since the turnaround is in a residential section, it should be okay but it should not be paved or any other part of the plan, i.e., shrubs, should be on the turnaround rather the turnaround should be left natural and cannot be used for business.  It was noted the variance granted by the ZBA for this site was for the front business area.

Mr. Fountain stated he was okay with the plan if the zoning enforcement officer is okay with it.  

Mr. Driscoll questioned the traffic flow on the site.  Mr. Kennedy explained there will be box trucks used for the business operation.

Mr. Andrade asked if there is a retail component to the business.  Mr. Kennedy explained the front space and garage space may be rented but he has no renters yet and is not sure what kind of tenants there might be.  Mr. Andrade noted the plan was approved as warehouse with office use and the plan does not allow retail use.  He advised Mr. Kennedy to be aware what the site can be used for, noting that the parking was not calculated on retail use.  He noted Certificates of Occupancy would be needed for each tenant.  Mr. Kennedy said he would be aware.

It was noted that Mr. Kennedy’s request for a modification should have been submitted to the Board in writing.  Mr. Andrade moved to approve the modification to move parking from the rear property at the business line to directly behind the building and to allow a gravel/stone area on the Residential A side of the property without pervious material and with no structures, as shown on the revised site plan dated August 15, 2015; second Mr. Fountain; motion passed by unanimous vote (3-0-0.)

6:40 p.m. – Town Planner update:

  • Mr. Charbonneau distributed copies of the final Raynham business brochure to Board members.  The brochures are being distributed to local organizations and businesses and will also be sent to local legislators.  Mr. Andrade said he was impressed that the brochure was done through a Southcoast rail program grant.  He suggested Mr. Charbonneau drop off some brochures at the Milk Bottle since they are shown in the brochure.
  • Mr. Charbonneau informed the Board that the Metro Volkswagen site has transferred ownership to Mastria.  He suggested that applicant and attorney should come before the Board to discuss the matter.  Mr. Andrade said he wants to review the previously approved plans before proceeding.  He noted the Board approved the plans as they did because the properties were under the same ownership.  He noted the Volkswagen site has to remain legal in parking, unloading of cars, utility, sewer and cross easements.   
  • The old Shell station at the corner of South Street West and Route 44 has been torn down and soil issues have been resolved so the new Shell station project is moving forward.
  • Mr. Charbonneau contacted the superintendent of the school department and will be providing quarterly reports to the department to inform them of projects before the Planning Board, both residential and commercial.  Mr. Andrade noted this was a good idea from John Teixeira.
  • The residential property in front of the Route 138 Wal Mart has connected to town sewer and the septic system is no longer an issue.  The resident was hoping for reimbursement but was advised the Planning Board was not holding funds for such a reimbursement.
Invoices were signed.
There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 7 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Russell Driscoll, Clerk

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