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TOWN OF HINGHAM
NOTICE OF DECISION
Site Plan Review in Association with a Building Permit and
Special Permit A3 (Parking Determination)
IN THE MATTER OF:
Applicant: South Shore Industrial Park Trust
20 Winthrop Square
Boston, MA 02110
Petitioner: Bradford Distillery, LLC
Robert B. Rohla
3 James Ave.
Hull, MA 02045
Premises: 3 Pond Park
Hingham, MA 02043
Map 201, Lots 13
Deed Reference: Plymouth County Registry of Deeds, Book 3608, Page 314
Date: June 3, 2013
Reference: Entitled "Site Plan Parking Layout Sheet for #3 Pond Park
Road in Hingham, MA,” dated February 28, 2013 prepared by Outback
Engineering Inc; South Shore Engineering Team, Inc; and Design Concepts
of New England for South Shore Industrial Park Trust, consisting of
three (10) pages.
Summary of Proceedings
This matter came before
the Planning Board on the application of Bradford Distillery, LLC
(Petitioner) for a Special Permit A3 parking determination, with waivers
if necessary, along with Site Plan Review under §I-I and §I-J of the
Zoning By-Law to allow for renovation of a 5,000 s.f. existing facility
to create a small scale distillery located in a portion of the building
at 3 Pond Park, in the Industrial Park District
Board heard the application at a duly advertised and noticed hearing on
May 6, 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; Gary Tondorf-Dick; and Jim Costello,
Robert Rohla of Bradford Distillery, LLC
(Petitioner) addressed the Board regarding his proposed distillery. The
Petitioner will be producing ultra premium spirits, to include vodka,
gin and un-aged fruit brandies. In the future, whisky may also be
This type of distillery is referred to as an artisan or
micro distillery. The products are made from raw products (local if
possible), well or spring water, grain, potatoes, different fruits and
yeast. The product will be bottled and sold. The activity on-site will
consist of the loading and unloading of products. There is an estimated
three deliveries per week.
The Board discussed a letter from
JDM Fire Protection Design to Fire Prevention Officer Captain David
Damstra dated March 4, 2013 regarding the fire protection system. The
fire alarm and sprinkler systems will be up to code.
be a limited amount of waste removal bi-products which will be contained
on-site and a contracted service will remove it. A cardboard recycling
dumpster will be located in the back of the building. The architectural
drawings indicate non-food and internal waste storage on NW side of
building. This waste will be sold for animal food and/or compost
material. The water will be re-circulated through the heating and
A handicap ramp will be added to the building and the parking lot will be restriped.
There will be no noise or odor impacting the neighbors resulting from the distillery.
At this time the Applicant is planning on transporting the water from Scituate in an approved container.
Project Description and Findings
Petitioner is seeking a Special Permit A3 parking determination, with
waivers if necessary, along with Site Plan Review in association of a
Building Permit to allow for renovation of a 5,000 s.f. existing
facility to create a small scale distillery located in a portion of the
building at 3 Pond Park, in the Industrial Park District.
Petitioner proposes to produce ultra premium spirits, to include vodka,
gin and un-aged fruit brandies. In the future, whisky may also be
produced. The distillery is referred to as an artisan or micro
distillery; starting from raw product, well or spring water, grain
potatoes and a number of mashed fruit. The end product will be bottled
and put out for sale. The leftover material (spent grain, potato, or
mashed fruit) will be used as high nutrient animal feed or compost.
Board members reviewed the project in accordance with the Site Plan Criteria contained in Section I-I (6) as follows:
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
The Board concurred that, as proposed, the project
complies with all use and intensity regulations and that there will not
be any adverse effects to abutting properties. If a situation arises in
the future with the abutters the Petitioner will work with the town to
remedy the problem.
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
The site remains the same. Hingham Fire Department will comment on adequacy of access.
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;
accordance with the Off-Street Parking requirements set forth in Section
V-A of the Zoning By-law, the site has adequate parking for the use.
d. adequacy of open space and setbacks, including adequacy of landscaping of such areas;
Landscaping will remain the same.
e. adequacy of the methods of disposal of refuse and other wastes resulting from the uses permitted on the site;
upon applying for permitting with the Board of Health and approval of
the septic plan and planned water source prior to the issuance of a
Certificate of Occupancy.
Dumpster locations will remain the same.
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;
Board of Health approval and the Town of Scituate’s approval to remove
water and transport it to the site to be used for the product.
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
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
i. minimizing unreasonable
departure from the character and scale of buildings in the vicinity or
as previously existing on or approved for the site.
DECISION AND VOTE
was moved, seconded and SO VOTED to grant site plan approval for the
application and plans entitled “Site Plan Parking Layout Sheet for #3
Pond Park Road in Hingham, MA,” dated February 28, 2013 prepared by
Outback Engineering Inc; South Shore Engineering Team, Inc; and Design
Concepts of New England for South Shore Industrial Park Trust,
consisting of three (10) pages with the following conditions:
The Petitioner must apply for Board of Health permitting in addition to
obtaining septic plan approval, and approval of the septic plan and
planned water source prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy
on the facility.
2. The Petitioner may be required to connect to town water.
3. Any expansion or modification shall require Site Plan Review and Special Permit A3.
4. If a situation arises in the future with the abutters the Petitioner will work with the town to remedy the problem.
was moved, seconded and SO VOTED to approve the Special Permit A3
parking determination in accordance with Section V-A Off-Street Parking
Regulations of the Town of Hingham Zoning By-Law. There are no changes
to the parking needed.
Judith S. Sneath
Chairman, Hingham Planning Board
June 3, 2012
EXECUTED this _____ day of June, 2013
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Plymouth, ss June ____, 2013
personally appeared Judith Sneath, Chairman of the Hingham Planning
Board, and acknowledged the foregoing to be the free act and deed of
_________________________ My Commission Expires: July 22, 2016
Karen M. Clancy, Notary Public