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Rt. 138 Zoning Study Committee Minutes-06/05/2006
FINAL MINUTES FOR THE RAYNHAM ROUTE 138 ZONING STUDY COMMITTEE MEETING ON JUNE 5, 2006



The meeting of the Raynham Route 138 Zoning Study Committee was called to order at 5:20 p.m.

Economic and Business Development Commission Present:  
  Joseph Pacheco
 Mr. Hutchinson
Staff present:  Erika Ueberbacher, Conservation Agent; Richard McCarthy, Town Planner; Rod Palmer, Building Commissioner
SRPEDD Present:  Greg Guimond  
Members Present:  Joseph Pacheco, Chairman
Voting Members Present:  Frank Rozenas
                                Rev. Michael Scarlett
                                Louis Bousquet
                                Tony Ghelfi
                                 Antonio Macedo
Appointed Advisory member present:  N/A  
Guests present:  Chris Dowd, Cathy Clifford (Help Raynham), Bill Vareika (Help Raynham), Robin Burns (Help Raynham), Harry McPherson





                      
The meeting of the Raynham Route 138 Zoning Study Committee was closed at 6:15 p.m.

Economic and Business Development Commission present:  
  Joseph Pacheco
 Mr. Hutchinson
Staff present:  Erika Ueberbacher, Conservation Agent; Richard McCarthy, Town Planner; Rod Palmer, Building Commissioner
SRPEDD present:  Greg Guimond
Members Present:  Joseph Pacheco, Chairman
Voting Members Present:  Frank Rozenas
                                Rev. Michael Scarlett
                                Louis Bousquet
                                Tony Ghelfi
                                Antonio Macedo                          
Appointed Advisory member present:  N/A
Guests present:  Chris Dowd, Cathy Clifford (Help Raynham), Bill Vareika (Help Raynham), Robin Burns (Help Raynham), Harry McPherson                  






1.      5/22 Meeting Minutes

VOTE TO:
        Accept minutes from 5/22/06.

        MOTION MADE BY:
Joe Pacheco
Frank Rozenas
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Louis Bousquet
Tony Ghelfi
        Antonio Macedo

        MOTION SECONDED BY:
Joseph Pacheco
        Frank Rozenas
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Louis Bousquet
Tony Ghelfi
Antonio Macedo







        VOTE:
Joseph Pacheco
        Frank Rozenas
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Louis Bousquet
Tony Ghelfi
Antonio Macedo


2.      Updated Traffic Information

DISCUSSION:
Per Richard McCarthy, the traffic analysis that was done in 2004 for the Wal-Mart that will be going in on Route 138 is 26,300 trips per day in a 24-hour period.  There is also a projection of an additional 10,500 trips per day when Wal-Mart opens.  In comparison, in a 2001 traffic analysis, at the corner of Rt. 44 and Orchard Street, there are 43,000 trips per day in a 24-hour period.

 
3.      Creation of recommendation re:  Wal-Mart on Route 138

DISCUSSION:
Richard McCarthy shared with the Committee a draft of a letter to Mass Highway dated 5/19/06.  It is a two-part letter with the first part being a general overview of things we want to see, and the second part being the design plan.  
There was some discussion that, in the spring of ’07, resurfacing of 138 will occur from Taunton to Elm Street.  
There was also some discussion in regards to Mass Highway not wanting to be responsible for sidewalk maintenance, and in order to do the resurfacing of 138, the Town will need to be responsible for maintaining the sidewalks.
Mr. Macedo asked if any widening will take effect on 138, and if there would be any land takings such as Brother’s Pizza, Matteson Motors, and the trophy place.
Greg Guimond suggested making three corrections to the letter prior to it being sent out.
1)      In the first paragraph, eliminate the phrase “recently formed”.
2)      Add something about the resurfacing as part of the condition to the special permit granting as you granted to Wal-Mart, so it’s clear to them that this work already has funding for it, so they’re not jumping ahead, and taking away something you already worked hard to get.
3)      Add something about the timeframe, so that they realize that they need to hold off.  Greg doesn’t think they’ll mind holding off because they have lots of other projects around the state that need money.  There is nothing in the letter that says that this is the timeframe we’re working on to give them an idea.
Louis Bousquet mentioned that if Richard McCarthy and Joe Pacheco wanted to get together with Erika Ueberbacher and approve it, he would make a motion that they can go ahead and send it, also.
It was mentioned that the Regional Planning Agency has a joint transportation-planning group who deals with all Mass Highway projects, and they have a meeting on June 21st.  Our goal is to have this letter finalized, so that we can copy them on it.

DECISION:
-Add Greg Guimond’s comments above to the letter.
-Add in when we’d like them to come into a meeting, either July 17 or August7.
-Send a copy of the special permit with work program along with the letter.  
-Send the letter out before June 19th.  
-Give a status update on the letter at the June 19th meeting.
        
VOTE TO:
Accept the letter drafted with impending changes to be sent out as soon as possible.

MOTION MADE BY:
Joe Pacheco
        Frank Rozenas
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
Louis Bousquet
Tony Ghelfi
        Antonio Macedo

MOTION SECONDED BY:
Joseph Pacheco
        Frank Rozenas
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Louis Bousquet
Tony Ghelfi
Antonio Macedo

VOTE:
Joseph Pacheco
Frank Rozenas
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Louis Bousquet
Tony Ghelfi
Antonio Macedo


4.      Greg Guimond - Boundaries

        DISCUSSION:
        There are two dotted lines on the map that was passed around.  One represented the 500’ boundary, and the other the 900’ boundary.  Within the boundaries would be the study area.  Also, within the boundaries there could be some zoning changes.  Richard McCarthy mentioned calling the area within the boundaries “the impact zone”, but if all were not on board with this term then it could be readdressed.  Greg Guimond mentioned just calling it the “study area”.  Erika Euberbacher stated that if it is called “the impact zone”, they could just have a disclaimer put in stating what it actually means.  Robin Burns from Help Raynham agreed with this.
        Richard McCarthy reminded all at the meeting that even though changes will happen along the corridor, it doesn’t mean that particular streets, like Robinson or Oak will be rezoned.  It just means that whatever happens to 138 might affect streets like Robinson or Oak.
        Some comments regarding the 900’ boundary line were that it made more sense, and that it encompassed more residential.
        A comment regarding the 500’ boundary line was that it doesn’t get all the properties that should be encompassed.
        Joe Pacheco mentioned that he will be going next Monday, 6/12, to Business and Economic Development.  Richard McCarthy stated that he would prepare a disclaimer for review at the 6/19 meeting.

        FOLLOW UP REQUEST BY:
        Richard McCarthy – Prepare a disclaimer for “the impact zone” phrase.

        VOTE TO:
        Have the boundary be the 900’.

MOTION MADE BY:
Joe Pacheco
        Frank Rozenas
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Louis Bousquet
Tony Ghelfi
        Antonio Macedo


MOTION SECONDED BY:
Joseph Pacheco
        Frank Rozenas
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Louis Bousquet
Tony Ghelfi
Antonio Macedo

VOTE:
Joseph Pacheco
        Frank Rozenas
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Louis Bousquet
Tony Ghelfi
Antonio Macedo


5.      Greg Guimond – Table of Use

DISCUSSION:
        Greg Guimond prepared a table of use by going into the paragraph form table of use, and putting it into table form.  The table shows what is allowed, what’s allowed by special permit, and what is not allowed across the districts.  He also distributed Carver’s table of use for the Committee to see how other towns break down.
        Raynham has two different articles that tell you what you can do, Article 4 and Article 7.  Article 4 tells what’s allowed by special permit, and so does Article 7.  In the long term, combine Article 4 and Article 7 in paragraph or table form to make it easier for people to understand what the different uses are that are allowed.
        The table of use helps when different groups are looking at rezoning to something else, and it can be used as a handy reference.  
        Some of the codes that Greg used are in the table are as follows:
                -SPZ – special permit by Zoning Board of Appeals
                -SPP – Planning Board by special permit
                -Y – yes or allowed by right
                -No – prohibited
        Greg, also, mentioned that Raynham has something, SPA, site plan approval, but it does not include family cluster.  Also, State law does not have a reference to site plan approval or site plan review.  Further, Greg stated that a lot of towns have changed from simple site plan approval to special permit process for site plan approval, and the Committee might want to thing about this.
        Greg mentioned that the Raynham Bylaw goes from single family detached to multi-family, but there’s whole range of animals called multi-family, such as, duplex, or six-unit garden style apartment.  He mentioned that, going forward, it would be better to define these uses better so that there won’t be five or six-story garden style apartments going in when one was thinking two-story townhouses.
        Greg went through Article 4, and there was nothing that said, “Restaurants – drive thru”, it just said “restaurants”.  However, in Article 7, he found one thing about drive-thrus, and that was that it is allowed by the Planning Board by special permit in business and industrial zoned areas.  He mentioned that if these two things could be combined it would be less confusing.


6.      Help Raynham Q & A

DISCUSSION:
Erika Ueberbacher mentioned that we were here to discuss all this to get input from Help Raynham.  She asked that the Help Raynham group look at the table of use, look at the trip generation, and look at the Carver example to see if we could refine out anything more for the different districts, and add in their input.  She also mentioned that it would be helpful if Help Raynham could review what type(s) of industry would be good for Raynham, and also bring some traffic into Town.  This will be reviewed at the June 19th meeting.
Robin Burns of Help Raynham asked about the size of a facility, and how big, square footage wise, was needed for an office park.  Greg Guimond told her that it depends on what they’re expecting to be developed.


7.      To Do’s

FOLLOW UP REQUEST BY:
        Joe Pacheco – Go to the Business and Economic Development Commission on June 12.
Joe Pacheco / Richard McCarthy – Go to the Planning Board on 6/22 for discussion and feedback.

8.      Other

DISCUSSION:
        -Joe Pacheco spoke with John Noblin, and he stated that he had no problem having Chris Dowd fill a vacancy.  Joe will request that Chris be appointed on June 12th.  After that, Chris will need to come in to be sworn in.
        -Erika Ueberbacher thanked the Help Raynham members that were there for showing up to help at biodiversity day.

        FOLLOW UP REQUEST BY:
        Joe Pacheco -  Joe will request that Chris Dowd be appointed on June 12th.


9.      Committee member updates

DISCUSSION:
N/A


10.     Community Input

DISCUSSION:
N/A


11.     Next meeting

DISCUSSION:
-Review the map disclaimer that will be emailed out.
-Table of use discussion with Help Raynham.
-Speak with North Raynham Water Superintendent for district and use requirements.
-Accept minutes from 6/5/06.
-Zoning definitions.
-Review pedestrian access.


TIME MEETING CLOSED:  6:15 p.m.; reconvene June 19 at 5:15 p.m.

MOTION TO CLOSE BY:
Joseph Pacheco
        Frank Rozenas
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Louis Bousquet
Tony Ghelfi
Antonio Macedo

MOTION SECONDED BY:
Joseph Pacheco
        Frank Rozenas
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Louis Bousquet
        Tony Ghelfi
        Antonio Macedo

        VOTE:
Joseph Pacheco
Frank Rozenas
        Rev. Michael Scarlett
        Louis Bousquet
        Tony Ghelfi
        Antonio Macedo



 
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