The Raynham Planning Board held its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, September 3, 2015, at Raynham Veterans' Memorial Town Hall.~ The meeting was opened at 6:07 p.m. by Chairman Andrade.
Board members present: Daniel Andrade, Russell Driscoll, John Teixeira
Board members not present: Burke Fountain, Christopher Gallagher
Staff present: John Charbonneau, Town Planner; Maureen McKenney, Administrative Assistant
6:07 p.m. – Joe Arruda, Raynham, MA, appeared before the Board to discuss the possibility of two buildable lots on property located on Sandy Hill Road behind Carlton Street.
Mr. Andrade discussed that the Planning Board recently approved a subdivision plan for two lots on Carlton Street, which is not an accepted Town road,~and that the Board works to get property owners/developers to improve these kinds of non-accepted roadways up to the end of their property when they are seeking approval for subdivision plans.~ Mr. Charbonneau noted the town has a policy of not issuing building permits on non-accepted roads due to the lack of proper frontage without a variance.
Mr. Arruda noted the Sandy Hill property has 300 feet frontage and there is sewer line in the area that could be extended, and he asked if the Board considered the property buildable.~ ~Mr. Andrade stated that it would not be considered buildable without road improvements or variances.~ He noted there are similar situations with lots on Tearall Road.~~Mr. Andrade commented that the Selectmen have been getting complaints on the condition of Sandy Hill Road and there may be something the Board can do to improve conditions.~ He asked Mr. Charbonneau to discuss the matter with the town administrator and highway superintendent.
After discussion, it was agreed that the lots in question are not buildable today, but it is something to work towards.
6:23 p.m. – Public hearing for Doe Run subdivision was reconvened.~ A request for continuance was received from Frank Gallagher.~ The public hearing was continued to September 17, 2015, 6:10 p.m.~ It was noted the Board’s time-to-act is September 23rd so the applicant will need to provide an extension of time.
6:25 p.m. – Wal Mart, Route 138:~ letter dated August 20, 2015, was received from John Kucich, P.E., Bohler Engineering, requesting release of the remaining bond being held for the project.~ Letter dated September 1, 2015, was received from John McGarry, Superintendent, Raynham Sewer Department, informing the Board that final inspection of the Wal Mart pump station has been done and the Sewer Commissioners have no objection to releasing the bond.
Mr. Kucich was present and informed the Board that all of the sewer department’s concerns have been completed.~ At Mr. Andrade’s request, Mr. Kucich agreed to provide the Board with a copy of the deeds and easements for the pump station property. ~Mr. Kucich stated that all that was asked for by the Town has been done.
Mr. Andrade moved to release the balance of the $150,000 bond, plus interest, which is being held for the Route 138 Wal Mart pending the receipt of a copy of the recorded deeds and easements; second Mr. Driscoll; motion passed by unanimous vote (3-0-0).
Mr. Kucich informed the Board that Mass. DOT is holding the permits for the Center Street/ Route 138 traffic lights while easement issues are being resolved.~ Mr. Andrade noted the lights are important to the Town.
6:30 p.m. – Attorney Edmund Brennan, Taunton, MA, appeared before the Board to discuss the Declaration of Development Restriction for Riverfront Estates (located off Church Street).~ He stated that the Selectmen and the Conservation Commission both approve of the development restriction, and the Conservation Commission has voted to accept it.~
It was noted there was no quorum for the matter tonight as Mr. Andrade cannot vote on Riverfront Estates issues.~ The matter was continued to September 17, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Town Planner update:
- Economic Business Development Committee will meet on September 14th with several local officials to discuss the conditions of State roads in Raynham.~ Mr. Andrade noted John Noblin, committee chairman, invited him to the meeting and all Planning Board members are welcome.~ Mr. Andrade suggested that Mr. Buckner, the Selectmen and Town Counsel may also want to attend.~ Mr. Teixeira questioned if Mass. DOT should be at the meeting.~ Mr. Charbonneau will follow up.
- O‘Reilly Auto will not be going forward with developing a property on Route 138 as planned, but there may be another buyer for the site.
- Retreat/estate lot by-law will be drafted in response to concerns brought up after the submittal of a one-lot subdivision plan on Warren Street West.~ Mr. Andrade explained that retreat/ estate lots typically do not have sufficient frontage to meet zoning requirements but they do have the necessary acreage.~ A retreat/estate lot by-law would eliminate the need for a one-lot subdivision plan with road construction waivers and allow a property owner to develop property after meeting the by-law requirements.~ There will be separate rules and regulations for the estate/retreat lots.~ Mr. Charbonneau is drafting the by-law using the models of the towns of Sutton, Rochester and Middleboro.~ It was noted approval of estate/retreat lots could be done by special permit for properties located in Residential A and Farm and Forest Districts.~ Further discussion
was tabled until there is a full Board present.
- Memo dated August 26, 2015, was received from Mr. Charbonneau regarding amendments to the subdivision rules and regulations.~ The Board will be holding a public hearing to consider several amendments that are basically “housekeeping” matters.~
- Mr. Andrade discussed the possibility of the Board starting their meetings at 5:30 p.m.~ Mr. Teixeira expressed concern that the earlier start time may prevent residents from attending public hearings.~ It was agreed that the Board could conduct general business first and no public hearings would start before 6 p.m.~
There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 7:02 p.m.
Russell Driscoll, Clerk