Friday, July 16, 1999
Conservation commission reviews preliminary plans for Pine Brook
The advisability of talking early to town regulatory boards was recognized by those currently drawing up plans for a 43-acre buildup on land owned by the Gould family off Rutland Street and previously described in an appearance before the planning board. At the July 1 conservation commission meeting, Engineer Gary Shepard of David Ross Associates presented a preliminary map for a two-sector development that would avoid construction of a throughway from Rutland Street to Pine Brook Road and so "preserve the atmosphere of a lower density neighborhood." This objective would be accomplished by siting ten lots on a 1,000-foot cul-de-sac off Rutland and two lots on a common drive from Pine Brook.
Shepard noted the presence of extensive wetland areas including Land Subject to Flooding and several small ponds, but no year-round streams. The major wetland impact will be at the two access points, but the engineer felt that the disturbance could be kept under the state's 5,000-square-foot limitation.
Commissioners welcomed Shepard's indication that the Goulds plan to give some portion of the land for conservation and are anxious to preserve an existing trail along the Great Brook State Park boundary, a trail that is very popular with local equestrians. Board member Tricia Smith thanked the applicants for the preview and requested a Notice of Resource Delineation as the first formal step in the eventual approval process.
Footbridge near Ice Pond
Another section of the same trail referenced in the Gould presentation was the subject of a Request for Determination from Louise Hara. Speaking for the trails committee, Hara described a project for construction of a footbridge over a wet area on a trail easement along Aberdeen Drive at the rear of Ice Pond Estates. The bulk of the work will be done by neighborhood volunteers. The bridge will make passable the middle section of the trail, which starts on East Street, crosses land owned by the Davis family, runs along Aberdeen Drive, continues to the state park, crosses the Gould property and again enters the park.
Commissioners Smith and Thomas Brownrigg registered concern about common pressure-treated wood being used in a wet area and recommended the use of a "more benign" type known as "ACQ." No further permit was required, since the proposed work "would not significantly alter the area under board jurisdiction."
Two septic system approvals
The board approved septic system construction to replace failed systems on two lots where avoidance of the 100-foot wetland buffer zone was impossible. The first was on a Rutland Street property owned by Scott Brazina which was almost entirely within the protected zone. Engineer Nelson Cabral convinced the board that a 65-foot setback was the best that he could do, and he received approval, but with stringent hay bale requirements.
The second system was on a narrow 1.2-acre lot on Blaisdell Drive. Owner Mark Lowenstein and engineer Beth Schultz of Stamski and McNary showed that the only possible site for the system came within 50 feet of a wetland. The commissioners accepted the situation reluctantly and issued a standard order of conditions.
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