Friday, February 5, 1999
ConsCom to ask planning board to reconsider Treibick decision
Theodore Treibick's development plans for his East Street property are apparently caught in a potential conflict between the responsibilities of two equally diligent town boards. On January 28, the Carlisle Conservation Commission voted to ask the planning board to consider a more favorable stance toward the developer's most recent proposal for a common drive that would follow and extend an existing roadway through the Schneebaum property.
The board action followed a presentation by Treibick's environmental engineer David Crossman, in which he showed drawings illustrating a planning board request that the entrance from East Street be relocated and widened to 50 feet, with the gradient substantially reduced. Commissioner Tricia Smith summarized the sentiment of her colleagues when she stated her preference for the existing driveway. "I find it hard to understand why the planning board is so concerned," she said. "As far as I can see, the sight distances [at the existing entrance] are great." She further observed that there are wetlands on both sides of the drive, which would be more seriously disturbed, if the planning board's suggested changes are made.
Commissioner Christine Bopardikar asked if Dr. Schneebaum's driveway had been subject to flooding during periods of heavy rainfall. "Not that anyone is aware of," was Crossman's reply.
There was some discussion about a small stream that flows from the Saint Irene Church site and into a depression on the other side of the road. Treibick noted that he had talked to Robert Koning about it and that the fire chief had said his department draws water from it "except when it's dried up" indicating that it is an "intermittent" stream and not subject to special protection.
Smith moved, and the commissioners unanimously voted to inform the planning board that "the conservation commission strongly prefers not altering the location of the Schneebaum driveway in the interest of the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act." A letter to that effect will be dispatched, and representatives from the commission volunteered to attend the board's February 8 meeting to explain the wetland implications of the proposed roadway alterations.
The Treibick application, which proposes that the common drive serve two existing houses and three new lots in the area between East Street and Bedford Road, comprises the developer's latest proposal before the planning board. His first application was turned down by that board in 1995, resulting in ongoing litigation, which he has implied might be dropped if the revised plan is accepted.
The sixth lot approved
In the meantime, ConsCom proceeded with consideration of a sixth lot in the same complex that calls for a separate driveway. That construction will require 3,600 square feet of wetland fill and 4,680 square feet of wetland replication. Crossman presented detailed plans for the replication area, as previously requested by ConsCom. Smith, the commission's champion of complete engineering specifications, gave Crossman rare kudos. "This is one of the better replication area plans I've seen. It makes me comfortable that this one can work," she declared.
Treibick informed the board that he hopes, once overall planning board approval has been obtained, that he can swap acreage for an easement from a neighbor that would permit the separate driveway to be located further from the wetland. Apparently satisfied that all paperwork required by the state in cases of wetland alteration had been submitted, the commissioners closed the public hearing and issued a standard order of conditions for Lot 6.
Another approval and order of conditions was issued to Sally Pestalozzi of Autumn Lane. Maps indicated that there is only one possible location on her lot that can serve as a renewal area for a failed septic system.
Turning to maintenance considerations, conservation administrator Katrina Proctor indicated a possible need to issue a new "request for proposal" on a long-term contract for upkeep of Towle Field. She observed that Jack O'Connor, who cleared the field this fall, would be willing to undertake the job and that he considers this a good time of year to perform some necessary tree work. At the same time, she reported an offer to help out on a volunteer basis from another farmer. Commissioner John Lee thereupon suggested a "conservation work day" and offered the use of his chipper to further the cause. However, no final decisions were made.
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