Friday, May 11, 2007
Shorts from the Planning Board, May 2
· Scenic Roads Hearing — Cross Street. The applicant's request is to remove five trees and approximately 31 feet of stone wall within the right-of-way of Cross Street adjacent to Map 7, Parcel 21-4, to create a driveway entrance for a proposed single-family dwelling. William Costello is the applicant and the trees and stone wall to be removed are intended for a common private driveway to accommodate two house lots. Without taking testimony because abutters were not properly notified, the public hearing was continued to 7:45 p.m. on June 11.
· Common Driveway Special Permit Public Hearing — Cross Street. This public hearing was also continued without taking testimony because abutters were not properly notified. The hearing was scheduled to continue at 7:45 p.m. on June 11. The applicant, William Costello, is requesting a special permit for a common driveway to serve two lots located at Map 7, Parcels 21 and 21-4.
· Omnipoint Communications, Inc. — Personal Wireless Facility at 886 Lowell Road (Erickson Farm). The proposed new wireless communications facility will be located within the existing barn and its cupola at 886 Lowell Street (Map 33, Lot 7), owned by Thomas and Tamara Erickson. The antenna will be 35 feet above present grade.
While reviewing the application, board member Brian Larson asked of the applicant's representative, Brian Grossman, "Why are you not fixing worse problem areas? What you have here is part of a solution. Without Erickson this area is one of your better coverage areas." Larson continued, "We are being confronted by [wireless] carriers who don't want to let us know what their plans are."
Board Chair David Freedman added, "We want them to have a plan. We would look more favorably on something that was part of a plan and was not 'scatter-shot.'" Freedman truncated the discussion by saying, "Many of the questions being asked here are more relevant to the second application (Sorli Farm)." (See "Sorli Farm cell tower plan reviewed,"page1)
Freedman asked for and received a vote to continue the hearing. The special permit and site plan review public hearing will be continued on May 14 at 8:15 p.m.
· Chestnut Estates — 400 Rutland Street (Map 36, Parcels 23 and 26). Engineer Peter Howe and attorney Martha Howe, representing the Brown Trust, provided blasting plans and ownership information on the proposed development, a 25-acre, six-unit conservation cluster. Even though the proposed blast areas are away from existing structures, the board has been concerned about potential damage to trees during blasting. Peter Howe gave them assurance and said, "We are not interested in blasting without using mats." He indicated that there was some further work to be done with the Conservation Commission on identification of possible vernal pools in the area.
The public hearing for the conservation cluster and common driveway special permits will be continued on May 14 at 9:30 p.m.
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