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Friday, January 15, 2010

Planning Board Shorts, January 11

Public Hearing scheduled on Subdivision Rules and Regs. At 7:45 p.m. on Monday, January 25 the Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing to consider amendments to its Rules and Regulations Governing the Subdivision of Land. Such amendments do not require a vote of Town Meeting. In addition to relatively minor changes within the body of the document, addition of Exhibit G (representing a typical roadway cross-section), and a new requirement to submit plans in a digital format, the board intends to adopt attachments consistent with those recently adopted by the Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Health and Conservation Commission.

Attachment A sets forth standards for development projects with emphasis on Carlisle’s sensitivity to water resources. Attachment B is a policy statement regarding the use of town advisory groups when conducting reviews of proposed development projects.

The Town Advisory Group (TAG) will consist of representatives of key land-use boards and Town staff. It is not intended to add an additional layer of formal review but will seek to clarify, frame or resolve issues outside of the formal hearing process. Attachment C is a form to be signed by the developer (petitioner) agreeing to reimburse the town for legal, engineering, consulting and incidental expenses related to the project. Attachment D sets forth the requirement for a Construction Management Plan for every development of four or more residences, or a subdivision of land into four or more lots, or a non-residential development.

Green Community considerations. Board member Kent Gonzales clarified one of the state requirements for a town to be designated a “Green Community” and thereby eligible for grants under the Green Communities Program. To qualify, a town does not have to have a source of production of energy in town, but must provide for the as-of-right siting of renewable or alternative energy generating facilities, renewable or alternative energy research and development facilities, or renewable or alternative energy manufacturing facilities in designated locations.

There are four additional requirements: (1) Guarantee a less than one-year turnaround on renewable energy projects. (2) Commit to purchase fuel-efficient vehicles, excluding emergency vehicles and school buses. (3) Adopt amended building codes to ensure that new construction follows energy efficient practices. (4) Develop a plan to reduce carbon emissions by 20 percent over a five-year period.

Planning Board opportunities. Three seats on the seven person Planning Board will be on the 2010 ballot. The board also seeks two associate members who can be appointed at any time at a joint meeting of the Planning Board and the Board of Selectmen. Associate members are encouraged to attend board meetings and participate fully in discussions, but generally do not vote. For specific applications that involve the issuance of special permits, the chair may designate an associate member to act in the place of a regular member. If you are interested, contact Planning Administrator George Mansfield at 1-978-369-9702 or email to

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