Friday, May 22, 2009
Three Hanover Hill lots released
At the Planning Board meeting on May 11, Rob West, representing Wilkins Hill Realty, requested and received release of Lots F, 22, and 23 from the covenant that restricts the owner from selling lots within the 35-lot subdivision until released (see map above). The Planning Board “holds” unreleased lots as security until roadways and municipal services for the entire development are appropriately completed. The “sketch plan” submitted to the board on May 11 shows lot lines and intended location of driveways and common driveways for that portion now accessible by the section of Hanover Road completed with a binder course (shaded area of the sketch). West reported that the fire cistern nearest Westford Street is operating and has been verified by the Fire Department. Chair Greg Peterson recused himself for the vote.
A Conservation Cluster Special Permit and two Common Driveway Special Permits were initially approved in May 2007 for Chestnut Estates. The six-lot subdivision is located at 400 Rutland Street (Map 36, Parcels 23 and 26). Attorneys Martha Howe and Richard Howe represented the owner and developer, the Brown Trust, and requested a one-year extension for the permits, citing the extraordinary economic conditions for the delay in progress. Interpreting that the conveyance of one lot having frontage at 400 Rutland Street and the deeding of approximately eight acres of common land to the Conservation Commission does not constitute “substantial use” of the special permits, the board voted to extend the permits for one year for “good cause” as permitted by statute. Board member Marc Lamere, an abutter to the development, recused himself from the vote.
Facing a situation where both Chair Greg Peterson and Vice-chair Brian Larson will not be board members at its first meeting after the Town Election, the board voted to designate Michael Epstein as acting chair. Peterson also announced that member Ken Hoffman will be leaving Carlisle and had submitted his resignation effective May 14. This will leave an open seat on the board to be filled by appointment at a joint meeting of the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board, tentatively scheduled for May 26. Associate member David Freedman volunteered to be considered for the position until the next Town Election.
Wind and solar bylaws
Associate member David Freedman is drafting a report with suggestions to be submitted by the Board to the Selectmen and Town Administrative Coordinator Elizabeth Barnett. A starting point for the report was its recommendation that the Selectmen not move the initially proposed bylaw for vote by the Town Meeting. See Carlisle Mosquito, April 17, 2009, “Planning Board says wind turbine and solar energy bylaws need more work.” The minutes of the April 13 meeting can be accessed at http://www.carlislema.gov/Pages/CarlisleMA_PlanMin/I0241B99E
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