The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 5, 1999


Planning board gives Buttrick Woods subdivision the green light

At a February 22 planning board public hearing on the Buttrick Woods conservation cluster off Concord Street, Joe March of Stamski and McNary reported resolution of "a couple of major items."

One item was an earlier request by fire chief Bob Koning that a 20,000-gallon cistern be installed for fire protection. This was initially met with resistance by developer Landwest, Inc. because of the cost. "We'll add a cistern," asserted March. "It will be in the middle near the juncture of the two common driveways." A letter from Koning confirmed his satisfaction with the cistern and also with the elimination of the North-South designation on Buttrick Lane.

The second major item involved road and shoulder width. Barbara Thissel, representing the town's engineering firm Earth Tech, suggested six-foot shoulders and a three-to-one side slope. March explained that the common driveway is being proposed as 18-feet wide with two-foot shoulders, the minimum for street acceptance. "Six-foot shoulders would require a much more significant cut through the woods," he said. Member Mike Abend, aware that a common driveway cannot be accepted as a town road, took an opposite tack. "A narrower width would discourage speed," he said. "Why not go with 16-foot width, a two-to-one slope, and three-foot shoulders?" March smiled and, aware of the reduction in paving costs, quickly answered "Yes!"

"All in all, I think we have addressed all your items," concluded March. Member Kate Reid agreed. "Everything we have asked for has been addressed amicably," she stated. Some discussion ensued regarding the movement of stone walls to delineate new boundaries. The board also will ask town counsel to examine the legal ramifications of two common driveways that meet in the middle. Abend then moved that the board approve Buttrick Woods, but keep the public hearing open for input from town counsel. The board approved both the common driveway and the conservation cluster of 13 lots by a vote of 5-0.

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito