Friday, June 25, 2004
Shorts from the Planning Board, June 14
• New officers. New members of the Planning Board, Ray Bahr, Kent Gonzales and Peter Stuart, attended their first meeting since being elected to their positions. The board unanimously voted to maintain Louise Hara as Planning Board Chair. David Freedman was appointed the vice chair. Rich Boulé becomes the treasurer and Peter Stuart Planning Board clerk.
• School wastewater treatment facility. At the request of Carlisle School Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson and school committee members Steve Moore and Christy Barbee, the board again reviewed the site plans for the construction of a pump station building and access road for a wastewater treatment facility on the School's property located at 83 School Street. Engineer Paul Klingen presented a revised plan which addressed the concerns raised by the board at its last meeting, namely the design of the roadway, drainage, and safety concerns. The board stated it would recommend approval of the site plan to the Board of Selectmen.
• 186 Rutland Street. The board accepted Richard Blanchard's application for a special permit for the construction of a common driveway for parcels adjacent to 186 Rutland Street. Since the application required five positive votes for approval, the Board voted to continue the hearing until June 28 at 8:15 p.m. when an associate member of the board would also be available to vote.
• Porch at Ferns Country Store. Store owner Larry Bearfield and his architect Russell Dion again appeared before the board with a proposed plan to add a farmer's-style wrap-around porch and handicapped-access ramp to Fern's Country Store. At its March 8 meeting, one of the main issues raised by the board was whether the property would now meet the zoning bylaws' setback requirement of 20 feet from the roadway for a property located in a business district. The board had asked Bearfield to research the whereabouts of the property line on Lowell Street and the town's right-of-way.
Bearfield stated he was not able to determine definitively where the property line lay, but showed a plan estimating the location. The new plan also addressed the issue of the parking spaces. Some of the board members were concerned with the location of the handicapped parking space next to the roadway and rotary, the proposed alignment of the spots for head-on parking, and whether the proposed parking spaces would encroach on the town's right-of-way. Since there still appeared to be a question as to the location of the spaces on the plan and measurements taken on-site by the applicant, the board stated it would schedule a visit to the site and continue the hearing on June 28 at 9:15pm.
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