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Applicant:         Derby Academy   
                          56 Burditt Avenue   
                          Hingham, MA  02043
                          Map 49, Lot 57
Date:                July 16, 2013

Summary of Proceedings
This matter came before the Planning Board on the application of Derby Academy (Applicant) located at 56 Burditt Avenue in the Residential A District for Site Plan Review and Waivers in association with a Building Permit under §I-H and §I-I of the Zoning By-Law and such other relief as necessary to demolish an existing 2,600 s.f. building (Science Building) and build a 3,400 s.f. Innovation Center in the same location.

The Planning Board heard the application at a duly noticed hearing on June 17, 2013 at 8:00 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. 

The Planning Board’s scope of review is limited by the restrictions set forth under Chapter 40A-Section 3 commonly known as  The Dover Amendment.

Applicant’s Representatives:  Engineer Stephanie Kaiser, CHA; Wayne Hover, Derby Academy; Bob McCabe, Derby Academy

John Chessia, Chessia Consulting Services, LLC reviewed the application for the Board.

Project Description and Findings
The Applicant proposed to demolish an existing 1-story, 2-classroom 2,600 s.f. building known as the Technology Building and construct a new 1-story 3,400 s.f. building on the same site.  The new building will be an upgrade of the existing facility from its original constructed purpose as a science laboratory to a technology/innovation space. The new building will not have an increase of students and/or faculty.  The enlargement of the building is only to provide additional space for its current uses. 

In addition to the construction of the building, there will be associated site improvements, including site drainage, walkways and parking area modifications.  The existing site is relatively level with all drainage flowing from west to east towards the existing driveway.  There are no existing stormwater systems.  Because of the 800 s.f. increase of impervious area, the Applicant proposed a drainage system to infiltrate roof runoff to infiltration galleys.

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 Applicant will provide a lighting plan and the hours of operation of the lights prior to the issuance of a Building Permit.

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;
Applicant will be modifying the alignment of one accessible space.

d.    adequacy of open space and setbacks, including adequacy of landscaping of such areas;

Landscaping as per plan
e.    adequacy of the methods of disposal of refuse and other wastes resulting from the uses permitted on the site;
No change
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;
No Change

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.
Site improvements as per plan

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;
Landscaping as per plan

i.    minimizing unreasonable departure from the character and scale of buildings in the vicinity or as previously existing on or approved for the site.
Building to be constructed as shown on plans.
Decision and Vote:
It was moved, seconded and SO VOTED to grant Site Plan Approval and Waivers for the application and plans entitled “New Construction, Derby Academy Innovation Center 56 Burditt Avenue Hingham, MA 02043” prepared by Olson Lewis + Architects, dated May 17, 2013 with the following condition:
1.    The Applicant will provide a lighting plan and the hours of operation of the lights prior to the issuance of a Building Permit.

Waivers of Site Plan Review Submittal Requirements:
1.    Requirement for a “locus plan; diagram and statement of the ownership, area, dimensions, boundaries and principal elevations of the subject property; locations of structures within 100 feet of property line.”

2.    Requirement to provide a “plan showing proposed circulation of traffic within the development and in all adjacent public ways; dimensioned plan of loading and parking areas, aisles and driveway; plan with detail sheets if appropriate, profile and representative cross sections of proposed driveways and parking areas.”

3.    Requirement to provide a “…traffic analysis, as applicable.”

4.    Requirement to provide an “analysis of compliance with all relevant dimensional provisions of the By-Law.”

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