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NOTICE OF DECISION
Site Plan Review in Association with a Special Permit A2
Applicant: SEA CHAIN MARINA, LLC.
Hingham Shipyard Marinas
24 Shipyard Drive
Premises: 24 Shipyard Drive Certified Mail #7014 2120 0003 3809 9126 Hingham, MA 02043
Date: September 15, 2016
Re: Construction of 32’ x 60’ Open Pavilion on Commercial Pier
Summary of Proceedings
At a duly noticed public hearing at the meeting of September 12, 2016 Planning Board members Gary Tondorf-Dick, William Ramsey, and Jennifer Gay Smith heard the application of SEA CHAIN MARINA, LLC. for Site Plan Review under § I-G and § I-I, in Association with a Special Permit A2 for a Modification to the existing Mixed-use Special Permit with Site Plan Review issued to Sea Chain, LLC, dated May 12, 2003 as amended, with a request for partial waiver of Site Plan Review submittal requirements, to construct a 32’ x 60’ open pavilion structure for use as an accessory structure on a portion of the existing property known as the commercial pier at 24 Shipyard Drive, in the Industrial zoning district. The Applicant team included Cheri Rudzinsky, Marina Manager and Peter McCarthy, Structures Engineering.
Ms. Rudzinsky, Marina Manager, stated that the project entails the construction of an open pavilion on the existing commercial pier. The Pavilion is intended to be an accessory structure that provides shade and shelter for existing marina activities. No change to the parking is proposed because this is an accessory building to support existing operations, and, therefore no change to the use or intensity of use is anticipated. The Applicant explained that a 3 story, 32’x80’ building was previously proposed in the same location, but never built. This is a much less intense use. The elevations and building plans provided were reviewed. There will be electricity, but, no other utilities are planned at this time. The building is not expected to be fully enclosed in the future.
The applicant has requested a partial waiver of submittal requirements so that the Board might accept the material as submitted, and not require supplemental plans, analyses or reports. This project proposes an accessory structure on an existing pier so there will be no change to soils, water, grading, utilities, traffic or parking, so the request seems reasonable. Building plan and elevations of the proposed structure titled “Function Pavilion Hingham Shipyard Marina Hingham, MA” prepared by Structures Engineering dated April 7, 2016, as well as photographs were submitted and reviewed as part of the application to illustrate the project scope and details. The Board discussed the associated parking and felt that since the structure was to serve existing customers at the marina there would be no increased parking demand. If the structure was to be used for events drawing people from outside the marina the parking would need to be evaluated for adequacy. The Applicant stated that there was no plan to use the structure as an event venue like that.
Findings and Decision
The Board discussed the adequacy of the material submitted and found that no additional submittals were required at this time. The Board then VOTED TO APPROVE A PARTIAL WAIVER OF SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS.
The Board then reviewed the Site Plan Review Criteria, and made the following findings:
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
Fire suppression requirements will be reviewed during the building permit process.
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;
The Board made a favorable finding on these items.
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;
The Board made a favorable finding on these items.
d. adequacy of open space and setbacks, including adequacy of landscaping of such areas;
e. adequacy of the methods of disposal of refuse and other wastes resulting from the uses permitted on the site
Existing dumpsters are adequate and will serve the pavilion too
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;
g. assurance of positive storm water 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 storm water 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 Storm Water Management Policy and Standards, and Massachusetts Erosion and Sediment Control Guidelines.
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;
i. minimizing unreasonable departure from the character and scale of buildings in the vicinity or as previously existing on or approved for the site.
The Board then Moved, Seconded and SO VOTED to APPROVE the Site Plan Review in Association with a Special Permit A2 for a Modification to the existing Mixed-use Special Permit with Site Plan Review issued to Sea Chain, LLC, dated May 12, 2003 as amended, to construct a 32’ x 60’ open pavilion structure for use as an accessory structure on a portion of the existing property known as the commercial pier at 24 Shipyard Drive, in the Industrial zoning district, as presented at the hearing and shown on the plans titled “Function Pavilion Hingham Shipyard Marina Hingham, MA” prepared by Structures Engineering dated April 7, 2016.
Town of Hingham Planning Board
William Ramsey, Acting Chair
Cc: Town Clerk, Building Department, ZBA, Cheri Rudzinsky, Assessors, Conservation Commission
EXECUTED this _____ day of September, 2016
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Plymouth, ss September __, 2016
Then personally appeared William Ramsey, Acting Chair of the Hingham Planning Board, and acknowledged the foregoing to be the free act and deed of said Board.
_________________________ My Commission Expires March 4, 2022
Dolores A. DeLisle, Notary Public