The Raynham Planning Board held its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, November 5, 2015, at Raynham Veterans' Memorial Town Hall. The meeting was opened at 6:03 p.m. by Vice-Chairman Burke Fountain.
Board members present: Burke Fountain, Russell Driscoll, John Teixeira
Board members not present: Daniel Andrade, Christopher Gallagher
Staff present: John Charbonneau, Town Planner; Maureen McKenney, Administrative Assistant
6:03 p.m. – Form A-Pine Street – Frank Gallagher, P.E., Foxboro, MA, presented a Form A plan for land on Pine Street owned by SMND Realty Trust, Canton, MA. Mr. Gallagher explained that the land is attached to Doe Run, a recently approved subdivision, with Sydney Drive to be located between the two Form A lots. The Form A plan creates three lots, Lots 1 and 2 will be conforming lots on Pine Street and Lot 3 is part of Doe Run subdivision.
Mr. Fountain noted Lot 3 has already been divided into subdivision lots. Mr. Gallagher said the land is not yet technically divided since the subdivision plan is still in its appeal period.
Mr. Fountain had concerns that there is no reference to Doe Run on the Form A plan. Mr. Gallagher explained the plan is creating the other two lots. He explained he is not sure when the Lots 1 and 2 will be deeded out but Lot 3 will not be deeded out unless the subdivision is created. It was agreed a note will be added to the plan re. Doe Run.
Mr. Fountain moved to approve “Plan of Land In The Town of Raynham, MA. Situated Off Of Pine Street,” dated May 1, 2015, prepared by Gallagher Engineering, Foxboro, MA, for SMND Realty Trust, as an Approval Not Required plan subject to a note being added to the plan referring to the recently approved subdivision, Doe Run, of the same parcel and the actual owner sign the application; second by Mr. Driscoll. Motion approved 3-0-0. The mylar plan was signed and applicant will provide the Board with three paper copies.
6:18 p.m. – General Business: Mr. Fountain moved to release project review funds to Jose Awais and Martha Awais Michael, Paul George, Jr., Michael Valerio, Raymond and Araxy Byron and Barrett Johnson; second by Mr. Driscoll. Motion passed 3-0-0.
Invoices were signed.
6:22 p.m. – B & D Construction site plan, 252 Britton Street: Daniel DaRosa, applicant and property owner, appeared before the Board requesting a temporary occupancy permit for the site. He stated the house and office portions of the site are 100% complete but the warehouse section is not fully completed. He is waiting for things to settle before top coating the warehouse pavement, and the granite curbing at Britton Street is not yet installed.
Construction Cost Estimate, dated November 2, 2015, was received from Nitsch Engineering. Mr. Charbonneau noted the as-built plan was received today, and he received an e-mail from Steve Ventresca of Nitsch at 5:15 p.m. today stating the as-built plan needs “a couple” of things added so it is up to the Board’s discretion whether or not to include the as-built plan on the Construction Cost Estimate. Mr. Fountain stated he will not take the as-built plan out of the cost estimate until he receives a letter from Nitsch saying the plan is okay.
Mr. DaRosa was informed that a cash bond must be submitted for the full amount of the Nitsch estimate. Mr. DaRosa noted it is a private project and he has put a lot of money into the site. Mr. Fountain stated the Board is firm on temporary occupancy permits and bonds.
After discussion, it was agreed the Board is okay with a six-month temporary occupancy permit for the site. Mr. Fountain noted the applicant can ask for a release of funds as items are fully completed.
Mr. Fountain moved to allow a temporary occupancy permit for six months, to May 5, 2016, upon receipt of $27,647, to be held for completion of items on the Construction Cost Estimate. It was explained that Nitsch can make adjustments to the cost estimate as work is completed and update the Board, at which time applicant can ask for a reduction in funds. Motion passed 3-0-0.
6:31 p.m. – Town Planner update:
- Mr. Charbonneau informed the Board that Mr. Teixeira recently sent him correspondence regarding proposed legislation that will standardize zoning throughout the State. He is reviewing the proposed legislation and will prepare a summary for the Board. He noted the legislation seems very pro-developer. Mr. Fountain commented there has been discussion on zoning legislation for 30 years so it will be interesting to see how this proceeds. Mr. Teixeira noted SRPEDD is not favorable to the proposals.
- Hutch Motorsports – the exterior of the building is almost done and interior work is ongoing.
- There will be a new project at Raynham Woods/Paramount Drive. A plan for office condos will be submitted next week.
- The State will hold a public hearing in Spring 2016 for public input on the Route 44 bridge replacement, and bridge construction will begin in 2018. The Rte. 44 bridge should not take as long to construct as the Route 138 bridge, which should be done by 2017.
There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 6:39 p.m.
Russell Driscoll, Clerk