Friday, May 28, 2010
Planning Board moves forward after election
At its May 24 meeting the Planning Board welcomed new member Jeff Johnson and he volunteered to represent the town on MAGIC (Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination) where town representatives report on major issues in their respective towns. As part of its reorganization after the town election, David Freedman was reelected as chair and will have the added duty of serving as the board’s Clerk. Michael Epstein will be vice chair and Marc Lamere continues as treasurer. Other appointments as board representatives to various committees included Kent Gonzales to the Community Preservation Act Committee, Nathan Brown to the Historical Commission, Tom Lane to the Long Term Capital Committee, and Marc Lamere to the Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee.
Freedman reported on his perception of the Zoning Board of Appeals recent hearings on the Benfield Farms 40B development. He said that current plans show that the two paved driveway entrances will be 20-feet wide with 2-foot wide concrete pavers at the same level as the driveway on both sides of each entrance. He said, “That is unlikely to change and the two big openings will have a dramatic impact on the streetscape.” Freedman continued with two other concerns: snow removal and the amount of fill that will be required for the project. He suggested that as much as 500 truckloads of fill might have to be brought in. Epstein contrasted snow removal with the experience at town office: “Snow is just pushed to the end of the parking lot at Town Hall. There is no end at Benfield.” Freedman said that information at ZBA hearings indicated that an eight-inch snowfall, assuming 50% compaction, would result in a snowpile six-feet high by 120 linear feet. Guardrails, trees and parked cars will impede snow removal.
At its next meeting, scheduled for June 21, the board will review its Conservation Cluster Rules and Regulations with the objective of integrating four attachments consistent with other land use regulations in place within the town. Attachment A sets forth standards for development projects relating to water resources. Attachment B is a policy statement regarding the use of town advisory groups when conducting reviews of proposed development projects. Attachment C is a form to be signed by the developer agreeing to reimburse the town for legal, engineering, consulting and incidental expenses. 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. ∆
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