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Friday, July 2, 2010

ConsCom finalizes permit for Benfield Farms Affordable Housing

After spending an hour carefully wordsmithing conditions the work must meet, the ConsCom signed the permit for construction of 26 affordable residential rental units on South Street. The board had closed the public hearing and voted to approve the project on June 10. It must issue its Order of Conditions under the state Wetlands Protection Act within 21 days of that date.

The permit also covers associated site work including stormwater management, a septic system, and water supply well – with the latter two to be located on the Benfield Conservation Land at the rear of the parcel. One notable condition is that construction of the wetland crossing and wetland replication area be completed within a 30-day period. Another applies to re-routing part of the cart path to the conservation land in order to allow construction equipment to pass. Since the work is within a wetland and within 100 feet of a documented vernal pool, a wetland scientist must develop the construction sequence, replication/restoration plan, and two-year monitoring plan – at the applicant’s expense.

At the end of the discussion, Mark Beaudry of Meridian Associates presented the board with plans that he indicated were “tweaks” made by the Zoning Board of Appeals. Beaudry is a civil engineer representing the applicant, Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH), Since it was too late for the plans to be reviewed and reflected in the permit, the ConsCom suggested that Beaudry request an amendment to the Order of Conditions. ∆

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