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NOTICE OF DECISION
SITE PLAN REVIEW IN ASSOCIATION WITH A BUILDING PERMIT
Certified #7016 3010 0000 2615 0282
IN THE MATTER OF:
Applicant: David J. Chase, Trustee
Independence Realty Trust
188 Whiting Street
Hingham, MA 02043
Premises: 3 Keith Way
Hingham, MA 02043
Date: December 19, 2017
Plan Reference: “SITE PLAN OF LAND SHOWING NEW BUILDING LOCATION PLOTS C3A AND C4 KEITH WAY, HINGHAM, MASS” prepared for Keith Way Condominiums, Hingham, Mass, prepared by Keefe Associates, dated September 22, 2017, 2 sheets; and, “UTILITIES AND LANDSCAPE PLAN – UNIT 3 KEITH WAY, 12/8/17”, 1 sheet.
Summary of Proceedings:
This matter came before the Planning Board on the application of David Chase for Site Plan Review in Association with a Building Permit for the proposed construction of a 1,200 s.f office/storage building with 5 parking spaces
The Planning Board heard the application at a regular meeting on December 18, 2017 in the Hingham Town Hall at 210 Central Street. Members of the Planning Board present were William Ramsey, Gary Tondorf-Dick, Jennifer M. Gay Smith and Gordon Carr. David Chase, Applicant was present, as was John Keefe. Mr. Chase presented the project explaining that the parcel has two buildings on it built in the late 1970’s and are condominiums. They had the desire to add a small building adjacent to the other end of building 4, but the septic system was aging so the decision was to install a new system for building 4 and propose the small office building in the location as shown at the other end of building 4. The new building will be tied into the new septic system. The overall site has 106 spaces where 86 are required, so sufficient parking exists. The new parking spaces are proposed to be pervious pavement except for the handicapped parking space. The Board noted that the applicant should provide an O&M plan for the pavers and recharger units for the file. The Applicant presented a proposed landscaping plan, and submitted it for the record. The Board discussed if there was any opportunity to preserve additional trees and determined that the proposed design made the most sense due to truck traffic and existing usage at the site. The Board felt that the project was fairly minor in scope and the proposal was comprehensive.
Board members then reviewed the project in accordance with the Site Plan Review 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 Board found that this is infill development in an established industrial area.
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 found that this this is a low travel speed area. In addition, the proposed building will meet all accessibility codes and will be used for a small office/storage building.
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 found that five additional spaces are proposed, including one handicapped accessible space. The parking is adequate.
d. adequacy of open space and setbacks, including adequacy of landscaping of such areas;
The Board found that this was not applicable.
e. adequacy of the methods of disposal of refuse and other wastes resulting from the uses permitted on the site;
The Board found that this was not applicable.
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;
The Board found that the building is served by an existing septic system that has recently been improved. The Board also found that the O&M plan & maintenance schedule for the rechargers and pervious pavement shall be provided for the file.
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;
The Board found that the parking spaces are pervious except for the handicapped parking spaces. Roof drainage is going into a subsurface recharger units. The existing soil is very good.
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;
The Board found that the Applicant has worked to minimize tree removal as possible.
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 found that this is a proposed infill development of an industrial (office/storage) use in industrial park.
DECISION AND VOTE:
The Board Moved, Seconded and SO VOTED to APPROVE the Site Plan Review in Association with a Building permit, as shown on plans titled “SITE PLAN OF LAND SHOWING NEW BUILDING LOCATION PLOTS C3A AND C4 KEITH WAY, HINGHAM, MASS” prepared for Keith Way Condominiums, Hingham, Mass, prepared by Keefe Associates, dated September 22, 2017, 2 sheets, based on the findings and subject to the following conditions:
1. As built plan, in hardcopy and electronic format, is required prior to issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy. This should show the building, parking and critical infrastructure, including drainage.
2. Applicant shall secure all other local permits including Floodplain permit from the ZBA prior to the start of work.
3. O&M plan & maintenance schedule for the rechargers and pervious pavement shall be provided for the file prior to the start of work.
4. The landscaping shall be per the plan submitted at the hearing titled “UTILITIES AND LANDSCAPE PLAN – UNIT 3 KEITH WAY, 12/8/17”.
Jennifer M. Gay Smith
Chairman, Hingham Planning Board
In favor: Gay Smith, Ramsey, Tondorf-Dick, Carr
Cc: Town Clerk, Building Department, Assessor, Keefe Associates, ZBA, BOH, HMLP, Conservation
EXECUTED this _____ day of December, 2017
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Plymouth, ss December ____, 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