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Friday, January 14, 2005


Planning Board reviews 15-lot Cross Street development

Developer Bill Costello's Cross Street conservation cluster of 15 lots took another step forward at the Planning Board meeting of January 10. Engineer George Dimakarakos from Stamsky and McNary submitted two copies of an emergency access plan for the site along with a request for feedback from the Board and the Fire Department. The plan, depicted on a map of the overall site, was prepared to illustrate the accessibility of the proposed development for emergency vehicles.

Map by Hal Schneider
Costello owns approximately 50 acres of land including and adjacent to 216 Cross Street, with additional frontage on Bingham Road. One common drive would support four lots, the second would access five lots and the third would handle six lots. The conservation cluster was one of three possible alternatives for development of the land and clearly the choice of the Planning Board at the November 22, 2004 meeting where it was first proposed.

The common driveways feature an 18-foot paved width with a one-foot bituminous concrete berm and two-foot gravel shoulder on each side. Two cul-de-sacs will have 24-foot inside, 42-foot outside radii to accommodate fire apparatus. Two fire cisterns are proposed — one at 162 feet from Cross Street and the other centrally located on the site. The driveway will widen to 20 feet along a 40-foot length at each cistern location. The cisterns will be 975 feet apart and each will have a 30,000 gallon volume.

Planning Board members immediately identified several locations where a common driveway violated the 40-foot setback requirement from the property line. This may be necessitated by slope or ledge and Administrator George Mansfield will request that Dimakarakos add topographical lines to the map. Another concern was that the cul-de-sac radius is inadequate for some of the town's fire apparatus. The Board plans to invite Fire Chief Dave Flannery and Dimakarakos to a future meeting to resolve the issues.

Daytime meetings a problem

Ray Bahr, Planning Board representative to the Long-Term Capital Requirements Committee (LTCRC), has been unable to attend because the meetings are being held during the day and he cannot leave his place of employment. After repeatedly requesting, and failing, to get the LTCRC meetings rescheduled to the evening, Bahr reluctantly asked the Planning Board at their January 10 meeting to remove his name as representative. The daytime hours make it difficult for any of the other members to attend as well, but their presence is important to the planning process. Chair Louise Hara, and Vice-Chair David Freedman finally agreed to serve the remainder of the term, but the board will send a letter to the Selectmen objecting to the daytime LTCRC meetings as being a burden on working members.

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