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Site Plan Review-Notice of Decision

Applicant: Lisa Parsons
20 Newton Street
Hull, MA 02045

Premises: 69 Water St
Hingham. MA 02043

Date: January 10, 2017

Summary of Proceedings
In accordance with Section I-G of the Zoning By-law, the Hingham Planning Board conducted Site Plan Review relative to the application of Lisa Parsons for Site Plan Approval in Association with an Application for a Special Permit A2-Request for Waiver from Public Hearing Requirements related to a minor modification to the recently approved mixed use (residential/commercial) at this location.

The application for a modification to Site Plan Review in association with a Special Permit A2 for 69 Water Street was filed December 14, 2016. The applicant requested a waiver of the requirement for a public hearing, and further, a waiver from Site Plan Review because the requested change is to modify the previous approval to have all the residential use on the second and third floor and retain the commercial use on the first floor. The Planning Board heard this request at their regularly scheduled meeting of January 9, 2017 with Planning Board members Judith Sneath, Chairman, Gary Tondorf-Dick, Jennifer Gay Smith and William Ramsey present. Lisa Parsons was also present to discuss the application.

Background and Findings
The Applicant is requesting the modification to the approved plans in order to retain commercial use on the first floor and shift the single residential unit to the second and third level. The previous approval was to have residential on the first and second level which would have reduced the commercial space on the ground floor. The height of the structure remains within the limits of the By-law. There is no change to the parking, and, two parking spaces are provided for the residential use. There is no outside work being proposed. The Board found that this modification is in keeping with the intent of the by-law which encourages first floor commercial and residential use above. The Board discussed and found that the proposal was a minor change.

Decision and Vote
After considering the scope and substance of the request, the Planning Board determined that the project constituted a minor site plan in accordance with Section I-I (5) b, and it was moved, seconded and SO VOTED to waive the public hearing requirement and to waive Site Plan Review for the project as proposed with the application materials and presented by Lisa Parsons to retain commercial and storage use on the first level and have residential on the upper levels at 69 Water Street, Hingham.

For the Hingham Planning Board

Judith Sneath, Chairman

cc: ZBA
Building Commissioner
Town Clerk