The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 1, 2001


Conservation commission reviews new construction plans

The Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom) considered the first three plot plans of seven expected to be submitted by developers Ira Gould and Betsy Goldenberg for Great Brook Path off Rutland Street. The only other Notice of Intent (NOI) posted at the May 24 meeting was an application from Richard and Nancy (Shohet) West for construction of a house on a four-acre lot broken off from Mrs. West's parents' Mill Iron Farm off Bedford Road.

River front lot off Bedford Road

The Wests' construction plans were deemed to require very careful study by the commission, owing to the existence of a wetland, pool, isolated land subject to flooding, and perennial stream (Pages Brook) which qualifies as River Front property. The single-family dwelling, driveway, utilities and grading will require 25,000 square feet of work in the various buffer zones, and the plans therefore rated a full site walk by commission members prior to engineer George Dimakarakis's presentation.

Most of the work within the riverfront area involves upgrading of the present access drive to common driveway status. However the planning board and fire chief have not yet discussed these requirements formally.

All construction will take place at least 50 feet from the various wetlands, and farmer Shohet's grazing field will be kept open, thus preserving the pastoral view. Disturbance in the riverfront area will fall within the ten-percent total allowable under state law. Although the commissioners did not anticipate serious problems with the project, the sensitive nature of the site and its susceptibility to flooding led them to request a careful re-check of engineer David Crossman's River Front delineation. Commissioner Chris Gaulden questioned whether the waterline was really below the top of the bank and asked for a fuller explanation. She was backed by commissioner Jonathan Beakley, and Dimakarakis agreed to a continuation of the public hearing to 8 p.m. June 14 to allow for further exploration.

Great Brook Path development

The three Great Brook Path applications, two of which were NOIs and the other merely a query to determine whether or not an NOI would be required, called for construction of single-family homes with driveway, well, septic system and associated grading. The two NOIs involved lots in the conservation cluster that bordered open space owned in part by the homeowners' association and in part by the town. Recalling problems in a similar situation in the Buttrick Woods cluster, commissioners told Gould they would like to see a clear demarcation between private and town property. Gould agreed and even offered to go beyond the placement of cement markers at the corners and include a "thrown" or "farmers' wall" to mark the line.

There was some discussion about the so-called "generic house boxes" or footprints that indicated dwellings of 120 by 80 feet. Commissioners were concerned that the eventual buyer might return later to request further construction outside the box. Gould felt this would be unlikely, since the approved septic systems limit the homes to five bedrooms, and he would be glad to recommend that purchasers stay within the indicated boundaries to avoid a second NOI process. Standard orders of conditions were approved for both lots with notes concerning the agreed-upon demarcation lines between private and town-owned land.

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