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Certified #7017 0660 0000 9961 1052


Applicant: Joseph Previte

Premises: 172 Leavitt Street
Hingham, MA 02043

Date: October 4, 2017

Plan Reference: “Grading Plan 172 Leavitt St. Hingham, Massachusetts”, dated August 9, 2017, revised to September 5, 2017, prepared by Hardy Engineering, 1287 Washington Street, Weymouth, MA, 02189, and 1 sheet.
Summary of Proceedings:
This matter came before the Planning Board on the application of Joseph Previte for a minor modification to the Site Plan Review related to the ongoing work in the rear yard as approved July 31, 2017. Specifically, the applicant is requesting latitude in the installation of the trench drain because in some areas the installation would require removal of additional ledge, or the removal of additional healthy mature trees. The applicant is also requesting to allow use of ¾” to 1 ½” stone in place of the stone as specified due to availability of product, and that the substitute material will have the same efficacy.

The Planning Board heard the application at a regular meeting on October 2, 2017 in the Hingham Town Hall at 210 Central Street. Members of the Planning Board present were Sarah Corey, Jennifer Gay Smith, William Ramsey, Gary Tondorf-Dick and Gordon Carr. Mr. John Chessia, Chessia Consulting, was present as the peer review engineer for the board. Attorney Kevin Burke and the site excavator were present for the Applicant.

Mr. Chessia reviewed his inspection report and explained the status of the construction work. He noted that to put the infiltration trench in completely as proposed might actually result in greater site disturbance with little benefit because the 3:1 grass slope will provide more infiltration than the previously proposed 2:1 slope rock wall. Specifically 7 mature trees and additional ledge would need to be removed to install the trench drain exactly as proposed. The Board felt comfortable with Mr. Chessia’ assessment, and, the applicant stated that they would like to have Mr. Chessia work with their team on site to direct the trench installation. Ms. Savage-Dunham provided an email from the abutter who supported a lesser intervention on the landscape with regard to the request to not install the drainage trench along the entire toe of slope, especially because it is now a grassy slope.

The Board members found that the intent of the modification is to minimize additional disturbance of the landscape as supported by the neighbor and the peer review engineer, and to allow the applicant to use material that is commonly available.

The Board then Moved, Seconded and SO VOTED to APPROVE the minor modification to the Site Plan Review decision for 172 Leavitt Street to allow the use of ¾” to 1 ½” stone in place of the stone as specified, and to further allow the extent of the drainage trench to be modified in the field under the guidance of John Chessia finding that the intent is to minimize the additional disturbance to the landscape as supported by the neighbor. All other conditions remain in full force and effect.

Jennifer M. Gay Smith
Chairman, Hingham Planning Board

In favor: Gay Smith, Corey, Carr, Ramsey, Tondorf-Dick
Opposed: none

Cc: Town Clerk, Building Department, Assessor, BOH, Hardy Engineering, Kevin Burke, J. Chessia,


EXECUTED this _____ day of October, 2017

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Plymouth, ss October ____, 2017

Then personally appeared Jennifer M. Gay Smith, Chairman of the Hingham Planning Board, and acknowledged the foregoing to be the free act and deed of said Board.

_________________________ My Commission Expires: October 29, 2021
Mary F. Savage-Dunham, Notary Public