Planning Board 9-17-2018
The applicant advised the board that based on a DEP review, the stormwater plan has been changed and that a stormwater basin will now be located in front of the building and a pocket wetland will be created. The applicant said that the new location permitted a better stormwater practice. The new plan will involve the removal of some trees which will impact an abuting homeowner. The board asked the applicant to indicate the tree removal on a plan and return to the board.
Planning Board, 2-26-2018
Traffic consultant Phil Grealy advised the board that the likely additional traffic from the proposed 6,000 sf industrial building would likely generate about 10-15 additional cars in peak hour, a relatively insignificant increase given the current 280 trip count. He did, however, note that changes might have to be made at the intersection of Greenwood and Veterans Road. Noting that the board should be sensitive to the public’s concern about traffic, Mr. Fon suggested that the board meet with the Highway Department and other town officials to review possible changes, including signage, a possible 4-way stop sign and stripping. Mr. Grealy also indicated that some vegetation clearing might be needed in the vicinity of the proposed driveway in order to improve sight distance.
Planning Board, 1-22-2018
Mr. Riina explained that in response to comments at the public informational hearing and the Conservation Board, the building has been relocated and the size of the gravel parking lot reduced. The property owner still has no tenant and may not actually construct the building until he does. Mr. Riina explained that once the layout is set, his office will work out more details and will look at potential traffic impact. The board asked him to provide elevations of the proposed building, likely a butler style metal building, so that the board can determine the extent of any screening that might be needed.
Planning Board, 1-8-2018
Joe Riina of Site Design Consultants and Steve Marino, the environmental consultant for Tim Miller Associates, explained the plan. Mr. Riina indicated that based on discussions with advisory boards (note: although he didn’t name the boards, the assumption was that he was referring to the Conservation Board), the applicant is considering rotating the building so that less of it would be in the buffer and/or it would be less visible from Greenwood Street, as well as designating a portion of the gravel parking lot for future parking if needed, again to reduce the disturbance to the buffer.
Mr. Marino suggested that a clogged culvert might be responsible for the wetland conditions on the site. In response, a resident indicated that the stream is flowing. The Planning Board suggested that the Highway Department look into the condition of the culvert.
Several residents from Greenwood Street expressed concern about the project, primarily because of the uncertain nature of how the building could be used and the potential for additional noise, traffic and air polllutionb depending on the use. The owner of the abutting Hartel property, who also has a residence across the street from the site, told the board of how the Hartel site has been negatively impacted by the redevelopment of the abutting commercial property (the “red barn”).
Planning Board, 11-20-2017
The CIY observer was not at the meeting. For a summary, see the offical Planning Board minutes.
The applicant, Envirogreen Associates, presented a concept plan for a proposed 1˝ story commercial building with an approximate 6,000 square foot footprint abutting Hartel Auto Body. Portions of the 5.71 acre parcel are zoned C-4 and R1-40 (one acre). The site contains wetlands. While the applicant doesn’t have a definitive use in mind, some of the possible uses that would be consistent with the C-4 zoning that were mentioned included a wood working shop, auto body, or contractor’s yard.
Mr. Tegeder noted that the parcel is a transitional site between two distinct zones and that an automotive use might not be the best use; he thought that a less intensive use might be better as the street becomes a wooded residential area. Mr. Kincart noted that the concept plan sited the building close to the existing commercial use, leaving the wooded part of the site as a buffer to the residential portion of Greenwood Street.