The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 7, 2000


Shorts from the Carlisle Planning Board

Routine planning board business was at a minimum at the board's March 27 meeting. There was good news for the Swanson Lane developer but the two scheduled public hearings on definitive subdivision plans with special permits for conservation cluster and common driveway were put off until April 10.

Swanson Lane approved

The evening started on a high note with the familiar team of developer David Erickson and his attorney Alex Parra returning for one last performance of the "Saga of Swanson Lane" common driveway special permit. This time, everyone knew how the story would end and all the remaining business was wrapped up in five minutes. Fire chief Bob Koning confirmed his demand for a 20,000-gallon cistern, Parra submitted a deed for 3.9 acres of open space to the Carlisle Conservation Foundation, and the board voted 6-0 to conclude the hearing with smiles all around.

Hart Farm postponed

Paul and Helen Hart submitted a definitive subdivision plan for Hart Farm Estates adjacent to 893 Curve Street. Their application for a special permit for a conservation cluster and common driveway will require an affirmative vote of five members who have been in attendance for the duration of the public hearing. This posed a dilemma for Hart's attorney Joseph Shanahan, since chair Bill Tice is not seeking re-election and Michael Abend was delayed. It meant that the five sitting members of the seven-member board would have to attend every meeting throughout the public hearing in order to vote on the special permits. These were unfavorable odds in Shanahan's opinion and he elected to postpone the hearing until April 10, giving several abutters and engineer Joe March of Stamski and McNary an unexpected evening at home.

Great Brook Estates continued

Albert Gould and Betsy Goldenberg are the applicants for the Great Brook Estates subdivision with nine lots (plus a bonus lot) on a 1,000-foot cul-de-sac at 195 Rutland Street. They also seek a special permit for a conservation cluster and common driveway, but face a different problem than the Harts. Their public hearing opened during the last board meeting and they have since been presented with a list of comments from the town engineer concerning the proposed plans. Gould readily agreed to forego any further discussion until his engineer had time to review the comments, and so the hearing was continued to April 10.

Developer Bill Costello's Carriage Way subdivision hearing is also scheduled for the same date, thereby ensuring a red circle around April 10 on many calendars throughout town.

Accessory apartment approved

Peter and Pamela Schad are planning to buy the house on the corner of Brook Street and Timothy Lane. What's unusual is that this house contains one of the few accessory apartments in town. Accessory apartments were created to increase the availability of moderately priced housing for town employees, the young, the elderly, people of low and moderate income, and dependent relatives of town residents. Since the zoning bylaw was passed in 1989, fewer than ten houses have applied for the special permit and the future Schad residence is the first reapplicationthe permit, does not go with the deed.

"The apartment will be vacant as of April 1," explained Pamela Schad. Without seeming to appear too nosy, member Kate Reid tactfully asked Schad what she planned to do with the apartment once it is vacant. "Rent it!" exclaimed Schad to no one's surprise. "I imagine it would be to someone with moderate income." Planning administrator George Mansfield, looking over the specifications of the 786 square feet and one bedroom, commented that the size "determines its affordability, if nothing else." The board then voted to waive a public hearing and re-approve the special permit subject to the town bylaws. Mansfield will send a notice of the re-approval to all abutters.

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