Friday, June 29, 2007
Shorts from the Planning Board, June 25
• First Religious Society Wireless Facility. Attorney Brian Lamoureux and engineer Joseph Pereira appeared before the board for an informal discussion of conceptual plans of Sprint Spectrum and Nextel Communications for a special permit and site plan approval for a personal wireless communication facility at the First Religious Society at 27 School Street. Lamoureux outlined plans to install two arrays of antennas within the church steeple — one at an elevation of 89 feet and the other at 82 feet. To preserve the outer appearance of the steeple Pereira discussed molding techniques used to replicate and thereby replace wood clapboards or louvers with painted fiberglass. Lamoureux stated that, with the exception of two air conditioning units to be installed at the rear of the church, all equipment will be contained in the steeple or the attic.
As timing for the formal application was discussed, the Mosquito publication dates during the summer came into the conversation. Public hearings must be advertised for two consecutive weeks. Lamoureux stated that although the legal requirement could be satisfied by posting notices in the Concord Journal or the Lowell Sun, he felt that public discussion would be better served by waiting until the Mosquito publishes on August 24. Board member Greg Peterson agreed. Noting the proximity of the church to a daycare facility and the school he said, "This application will generate public comment."
Lamoureux said, "A decision (on a wireless facility) cannot be made based on public health but it can be discussed. We would expect to bring Dr. Don Hayes, a certified health physicist, to the hearing to speak to specifics of the site."
• Sorli Farm Wireless Monopole. At the request of the applicant, Omnipoint Communications, the public hearing was continued without testimony being taken. The applicant has requested a special permit and site plan approval for a personal wireless 80-foot monopole and facility at the Sorli Farm at 1022 Westford Street. The public hearing will be continued at 7:45 p.m. on July 23.
• Chestnut Estates. The board reviewed its findings and conditions in support of its earlier vote to grant the special permits for the conservation cluster and common driveways at Chestnut Estates. (See Mosquito May 18, 2007, "Planning Board approves wireless facility in Erikson Farm cupola, Okays Chestnut Estates Conservation Cluster.") Attorney Martha Howe, representing the applicant, submitted the mylar set of plans for signature. With board member Marc Lamere recusing himself as an abutter to the property, the board voted to close the hearing.
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