The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 21, 2000


Few neighbors raise objections to Carriage Way plans

There were no surprises at the public hearing of developer Bill Costello's Carriage Way definitive subdivision plan. The abutters are so relieved that Costello is building a normal (not affordable housing) development that most stayed home. The sparse turnout prompted planning administrator George Mansfield to question whether the abutters had been properly notified of the hearing by certified mail. Phil Conti of East Riding Drive saved the evening by confirming his receipt of the public hearing notification.

Joe March of Stamski and McNary displayed a map of the 23-acre subdivision and explained that the development has three ownersCostello, Brian Anderson of East Riding Drive, and the town of Carlisle. Carlisle will own a four-acre pork chop lot and residents will be voting on its disposition at the May 2 Town Meeting. Two existing houses and eight new lots, including the Carlisle pork chop, make up the ten-lot subdivision. The lots are accessed via Carriage Way, a 1,086-foot long, 20-foot wide cul-de-sac. A fire cistern is planned approximately 250 feet in from the East Riding Drive entrance and landscape plans for the road are still being formulated.

March explained that Cape Cod berm will be used for the full length of the roadway. This revealed a sharp division between Cape Cod berm advocates and those of the sloped-granite-curbing persuasion. Town engineer Sandy Brock of Judith Nitsch Engineering came out solidly on the side of durable and attractive sloped granite curbing. March responded, "Sloped granite curbing is city-like," and not at all in keeping with the rural Carlisle landscape. He admitted, "Cape Cod berm doesn't last as long, but, on the other hand, it's cheaper to repair." March suggested that everyone view the attractiveness of Cape Cod berm by driving through Monroe Hill.

Member Dan Holzman once again exhibited his talent for thinking outside the box. "Do we need any curbs at all?" he asked a surprised audience. Member Kate Reid immediately picked up on the idea and commented that none of the roads around Carriage Way have curbs. Michael Epstein admonished members, "We resolved this last October and I'd prefer not to go down this road again, so to speak." Reid was undeterred and counseled March, "If you'd be interested in proposing no curb, we'd be willing to listen."

One thing did seem to receive general agreement. "Do we need sidewalks on a cul-de-sac?" asked Anderson. Member Michael Abend did some quick calculations and predicted that only about 60 cars a day would use the dead-end street. At worst, this might result in one car every five minutes during rush hour. "I don't see a need for sidewalks," concluded Abend.

Board members decided to continue the public hearing on May 8 and chair Bill Tice instructed Costello and March to be prepared for further discussion on a landscape plan, sidewalks and "the berm thing."

2000 The Carlisle Mosquito