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Applicant:         First Parish Church
            (Old Ship Church)
            90 Main Street   
            Hingham, MA  02043
            Map 61, Lot 124
Date:            July 16, 2013

Summary of Proceedings
This matter came before the Planning Board on the application of First Parish Hingham – Old Ship Church (Church) located at 90 Main Street in the Residential A District for Site Plan Review in association with a Building Permit under §I-H and §I-I of the Zoning By-Law and such other relief as necessary to construct a composting privy extending from the north wall (cemetery side) of the Church.

The Planning Board heard the application at a duly noticed hearing on June 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM in the Hingham Town Hall at 210 Central Street.  Members of the Planning Board present were: Judy Sneath, Chairman; William Ramsey, Clerk; Sarah Corey; and Gary Tondorf-Dick. 

Ms. Corey disclosed her membership of the Church and Ms. Sneath disclosed her family’s membership.  Both Ms. Corey and Ms. Sneath stated they could act on the application without bias.

This is a small project relative to impacts.  The Board has the authority under Chapter 40A-Section 3,  Dover Amendment, to waive the requirement for a yard variance if it finds that it is reasonable. 
Project Manager and Building Committee Chairman Tom Wilson presented the project to the Board. 

Project Description and Findings
The Applicant proposes to build an approximately 8’5” x 5’5” composting privy (bathroom facility) extending from the north wall (cemetery side) of the Church from the existing handicap ramp exit door.  The privy will be reachable by the handicap accessible ramp. There will be a 3’ covered space between the privy and the back of the Church.

The Applicant is also requesting a waiver of the 15 foot setback requirement. The privy will be 6’4” at one corner and 7’2” at the other corner off the rear property line.

The cemetery, which abuts the Church at the rear property line, is in favor of the construction of the privy.

This project will need Board of Heath, Historic Districts Commission and MA Historic Commission approvals to move forward.

Board members reviewed the project in accordance with the Site Plan Criteria contained in Section I-I (6) as follows:

a.    protection of abutting properties against detrimental uses by provision for surface water drainage, fire hydrant locations, sound and site buffers, and preservation of views, light and air, and protection of abutting properties from negative impacts from artificial outdoor site lighting;

The Board concurred that, as proposed, the project complies with all use and intensity regulations.

b.    convenience and safety of vehicular and pedestrian movement within the site and on adjacent streets; the location of driveway openings in relation to traffic or to adjacent streets, taking account of grades, sight distances and distances between such driveway entrances, exits and the nearest existing street or highway intersections; sufficiency of access for service, utility and emergency vehicles;

No Change
c.    adequacy of the arrangement of parking, loading spaces and traffic patterns in relation to the proposed uses of the premises; compliance with the off-street parking requirements of this By-Law;
No Change
d.    adequacy of open space and setbacks, including adequacy of landscaping of such areas;

The project as proposed does not affect pedestrian access.
e.    adequacy of the methods of disposal of refuse and other wastes resulting from the uses permitted on the site;
The privy will have composting directly beneath it which will be filled with woodchips.  It will hold 20 gallons that will allow for waste to mostly evaporate.  When necessary, the tank will be emptied and removed from the site by an outside contractor.
f.    prevention or mitigation of adverse impacts on the Town's resources, including, without limitation, water supply, wastewater facilities, energy and public works and public safety resources;
Contingent upon Board of Health approval

g. assurance of positive stormwater drainage and snow-melt run-off from buildings, driveways and from all parking and loading areas on the site, and prevention of erosion, sedimentation and stormwater pollution and management problems through site design and erosion controls in accordance with the most current versions of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's Stormwater Management Policy and Standards, and Massachusetts Erosion and Sediment Control Guidelines.
No Change

h.     protection of natural and historic features including minimizing: the volume of cut and fill, the number of removed trees of 6 inches caliper or larger, the removal of stone walls, and the obstruction of scenic views from publicly accessible locations;
Contingent upon Historic Districts Commission and MA Historic Commission approvals

i.    minimizing unreasonable departure from the character and scale of buildings in the vicinity or as previously existing on or approved for the site.

Contingent upon Historic Districts Commission and MA Historic Commission approvals.

Decision and Vote
It was moved, seconded and SO VOTED to grant Site Plan Approval and the request for waiver of setback requirements for the application as shown on plans entitled ”Old Ship Meeting House Privy Project, Hingham, MA,” dated April 18, 2013 prepared by Building Conservation Associates, Inc., consisting of 2 sheets subject to the following conditions:

1.    Hingham Cemetery Corporation submits letter for the file stating it is in favor of the project*

2.    Approval of the Board of Health

3.    Approvals of Hingham Historic Districts and MA Historic Commission

*On July 15, 2013, the Planning Board received a letter from Lawrence Lindner, President of Hingham Cemetery Corporation acknowledging the Board of Directors support of the Old Ship Church project.

Judith S. Sneath
Chairman, Hingham Planning Board


EXECUTED this _____ day of July, 2013

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Plymouth, ss                            July ____, 2013

Then personally appeared Judith Sneath, Chairman of the Hingham Planning Board, and acknowledged the foregoing to be the free act and deed of said Board.

_________________________        My Commission Expires:  July 22, 2016
Karen M. Clancy, Notary Public