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final minutes 11 20 06
FINAL MINUTES FOR THE RAYNHAM ROUTE 138 ZONING STUDY COMMITTEE MEETING ON NOVEMBER 20, 2006



The meeting of the Raynham Route 138 Zoning Study Committee was called to order at 5:32 p.m.


Economic and Business Development Commission Present:  
  Joseph Pacheco
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
                                Tony Ghelfi
                                Mike Scarlett
                                Carla McRae
Appointed Advisory member present:  N/A  
Guests present:  N/A
            
  
The meeting of the Raynham Route 138 Zoning Study Committee was closed at 6:35 p.m.


Economic and Business Development Commission Present:  
  Joseph Pacheco
Staff present:  Erika Ueberbacher, Conservation Agent
SRPEDD Present: Greg Guimond
Members Present:  Joseph Pacheco, Chairman
Voting Members Present:  Frank Rozenas
                                Tony Ghelfi
                                Mike Scarlett
                                Carla McRae
Appointed Advisory member present:  N/A  
Guests present:  N/A


1.      Approval of Minutes from 10/16/06

VOTE TO:
        Accept minutes from 10/16/06.

        MOTION MADE BY:
Joe Pacheco
Frank Rozenas
        Tony Ghelfi
Mike Scarlett
Carla McRae


        MOTION SECONDED BY:
Joe Pacheco
Frank Rozenas
        Tony Ghelfi
Mike Scarlett
Carla McRae

        VOTE:
Joe Pacheco
Frank Rozenas
        Tony Ghelfi
Mike Scarlett
Carla McRae


2.      Approval of Calendar for next set of meetings

DISCUSSION:
There was some discussion on revising some of the meetings.            The December 18 meeting will be canceled.  There will be meetings on January 22 and 29.  The February 19 meeting will be canceled, and replaced with February 26.  The April 16 meeting will be canceled, and replaced with April 23.  The May 21 meeting will be canceled.

VOTE TO:
        Accept the meeting date changes.

MOTION MADE BY:
        Joe Pacheco
Frank Rozenas
        Tony Ghelfi
Mike Scarlett
Carla McRae
Tony Macedo

        MOTION SECONDED BY:
Joe Pacheco
Frank Rozenas
        Tony Ghelfi
Mike Scarlett
Carla McRae
Tony Macedo

        VOTE:
Joe Pacheco
Frank Rozenas
        Tony Ghelfi
Mike Scarlett
Carla McRae
Tony Macedo                                                     




3.      Announcements

DISCUSSION:
Frank Cabral, the Sewer Superintendent, advised this committee that Tighe & Bond will be making a presentation for the sewer commission titled CWMP Needs Analysis 1/1 Study Results on Wednesday, 11/29 at 7 p.m. at the Sewer Maintenance Facility.

Teresa Vickery, verbatim recorder, will be leaving as of January ’07.  Mr. Pacheco and Ms. Euberbacher are finding a replacement.  


4.      Committee member updates

DISCUSSION:
        N/A


5.      Community Input

DISCUSSION:
N/A





6.      Update on grant from Richard McCarthy

DISCUSSION:
We did not receive the grant.  We received a letter, but no reason.  Mr. McCarthy read the letter, verbatim, to the Committee.  Basically, we had a high score on the Commonwealth Capital Application, and he presumes this was the reason.  We were farther along than other communities.  The high score was good for one thing; North Raynham will now be able to get a grant to acquire the land around the well they are working on.  It, also, helped them to get the SRF fund 2% loan to do the treatment plant that they need if the voters approve it.  This is the Noblin well, which is located beside the proposed Wal-Mart.  We, also, do have money reallocated to move forward with SRPEDD, Greg Guimond.


7.      Designated Development District

DISCUSSION:
In regards to the height of a building, or the number of stories, Mr. Palmer commented that the distance from the top of one floor to the top of the floor right above it.  This could be ten or twenty feet.  He stated that when a building is over seven stories, it is considered to be a high rise.  Therefore, it needs to follow different construction codes, such as, being built of non-combustible materials, stairways are different, the fire department has to have a station on the ground floor to control elevators, PA system, etc.  If a building is under seven stories, the structural elements and requirements are not as strict.  Mr. Guimond commented that the gentleman who built the medical office buildings on 138 in Easton stated that it is not worth putting in the money when you go over seven stories, therefore, he sticks to five stories or below.  Mr. Ghelfi inquired as to how it affects the Town if we have a building over seven stories.  Mr. Guimond responded that that is in terms of traffic, people, etc.
Mr. McCarthy inquired as to any thoughts from the Committee on adding slot machines to the designated development district.  Mr. Ghelfi responded that that is a mute point, as it is not allowed.  Mr. Guimond stated that perhaps it should be done in a second phase.  First, get the designated development district passed, then, next year; make some amendments including adding slots.


8.   Proposed Development on 138

DISCUSSION:
Mr. McCarthy stated that there is a proposal to put a hotel next to Trucchi’s on 138.  Ms. McRae inquired as to how long this proposal has been out there.  Mr. McCarthy stated that they have wanted to put a hotel there for quite a while.  He, further, commented that Trucchi’s, the church, and the hotel need to get together to coordinate access so there are not multiple curb cuts on 138.  Ms. Euberbacher stated that they also need to tie into the lights on 138.
Ms. McRae inquired of Mr. McCarthy as the Town Planner if he looks for businesses to come into Raynham, or do businesses ask him for land.  Mr. McCarthy responded that businesses ask for land.  He stated that that site has been earmarked for a hotel for some time.  Ms. McRae inquired as to if other things have been earmarked for the properties up and down 138.  Mr. McCarthy stated that there is nothing else specifically.  Ms. McRae stated that that is a terrible spot with the overpass, traffic, and all.  Mr. Macedo stated that it should be okay with signals.  Mr. Palmer responded that it could, actually, be a safer situation than it is now.  Mr. Scarlett stated that the only reason to put a hotel there is to promote conferences as it would be all daytime traffic.  Ms. Euberbacher stated that no one from the proposed restaurant, UNO’s, attended the meeting.  There is no liquor license, which could cause a big problem.
Ms. Euberbacher stated that the purpose of the meeting that she, Mr. McCarthy, and the hotel owner attended was to figure out how to do access.


9.      To Do’s

DISCUSSION:
-       All to look at table of use to see if anything is missing for definitions besides retail.         





10.     Next Meeting

DISCUSSION:
-       Review drafts of definitions.
-       Add in the retail component to the table of use.
-       Discuss how to handle the commuter rail.
-       Discuss liquor licenses.


TIME MEETING CLOSED: 6:35 p.m.; reconvene December 4 at 5:15 p.m.

MOTION TO CLOSE BY:
Joe Pacheco
Frank Rozenas
        Tony Ghelfi
Mike Scarlett
Tony Macedo
Carla McRae

MOTION SECONDED BY:
Joe Pacheco
Frank Rozenas
        Tony Ghelfi
Mike Scarlett
Tony Macedo
Carla McRae

        VOTE:
Joe Pacheco
Frank Rozenas
        Tony Ghelfi
Mike Scarlett
Tony Macedo
Carla McRae



 
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