The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 19, 2000


Planning board approves Carriage Way subdivision without sidewalks

It's been a lengthy process, but on May 8 the planning board put their stamp of approval on developer Bill Costello's Carriage Way definitive subdivision plans. Carriage Way is a 23-acre subdivision at 314-346 East Riding Drive with three ownersCostello, Brian Anderson of East Riding Drive, and the town of Carlisle. Carlisle owns a four-acre pork chop lot that residents voted to accept at the May 2 Town Meeting. Two existing houses and eight new lots, including the Carlisle pork chop, are accessed via Carriage Way, a 1,086-foot-long cul-de-sac. Only a few loose ends remain before it enjoys final approval by members of the planning board.

"I don't think the road needs a sidewalk," began member Michael Abend, as he glanced warily at Deb Belanger and Kristine Bergenheim, both members of the bike/pedestrian safety committee. Belanger responded by listing her concerns about the lack of sidewalks in Carlisle. However, the members were equally adamant. "I live on Blaisdell Drive, also a dead end, and we do very well without sidewalks," asserted member Dan Holzman. "The Woodbine Road cul-de-sac has sidewalks and they're worthless." Member Kate Reid pointed out that Rodgers Road is a "humongous road with sidewalks" that doesn't fit in with Stearns Street and the area. Clearly, the board showed no support for sidewalks on Carriage Way, especially since the savings of $7,850 would be passed on to the town.

Next on the list of loose ends was the inevitable berm debate. Holzman reviewed the four types of curbingvertical and sloped granite and traditional versus modified Cape Cod berm. Traditional Cape Cod berm has a six-inch rise over a 12-inch width, whereas the modified berm rises by only three inches. "They all have problems," concluded Holzman. "My solution is no berm at all." One problem with modified Cape Cod berm is overlay (re-paving), which obliterates the berm. Joe March of Stamski and McNary explained that this is no longer a problem because nowadays they grind the pavement and rebuild the berm. Members eventually reached consensus on modified Cape Cod berm for both sides of Carriage Way.

Fire chief Bob Koning asked for two fire cisterns along Carriage Way, but he wasn't there to explain and members decided that one was adequate. Abend requested that the six-foot wide shoulder along one side of Carriage Way be extended (exiting left) up East Riding Drive to the first driveway. Costello owns the property and quickly agreed.

It was time to vote. Member Michael Epstein moved that the definitive subdivision plan for Carriage Way be approved with modified Cape Cod berm throughout, no sidewalks, one cistern and several minor waivers. The board voted 7-0 in favor of the long-debated project and Costello will finally be allowed to fire up his bulldozers.

2000 The Carlisle Mosquito