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Special Permit A3 Parking Determination

Certified #7016 3010 0000 2614 2300


Applicant: Harold Shaw/HAS Five Corp.
102 Station Street
Hingham, MA 02043

Premises: 16 B North Street
Hingham, MA 02043

Date: January 18, 2018

Summary of Proceedings
In accordance with Section I-G of the Zoning By-law, the Hingham Planning Board conducted Site Plan Review under Section I-G and I-I in Association with a Special Permit A2 under Section III-G for the conversion of existing second level office use to a 1 bedroom residential use, and a Special Permit A3 Parking Determination under Sections III-G and V-A, at 16B North Street, zoned Business A.

The application was filed December 15, 2017. The applicant requested a waiver of Site Plan Review because the requested change is to modify the internal use on the second floor but there is no physical work taking place outside of the building envelope. The Planning Board heard this request at their regularly scheduled meeting of January 16, 2018 with Planning Board members Jennifer Gay Smith, Chairman, Gordon Carr, Sarah Corey, Gary Tondorf-Dick, and William Ramsey present. Vcevy Strekalovsky, Architect, and Harold Shaw were also present to discuss the application.

Background and Findings
The Applicant is requesting approval to convert a portion of the second floor of 16B North Street to a one bedroom residential unit, thus creating a mixed use Commercial/Residential building. The residential parking space will be provided in the Station Street lot, and, the applicant has applied for a Special Permit A3 under Section III-G.7.iv.b for same. There is no outside work being proposed. The Board then reviewed the special permit criteria as there were no other public comments or questions about the proposal.

Special Permit A3 Review Criteria:
a) The parking is sufficient in quantity to meet the needs of the proposed project;

Yes. The Board found that the applicant has provided evidence of one parking space in the Station Street lot secured by a residential parking permit in accordance with Section III-G.7.b of the by-law. The board also found that the residential parking permit will be renewed annually and the resident or applicant should provide a copy of the valid permit to the building department annually upon renewal.

b) Pedestrian access and circulation has been provided for;
• Not applicable.

c) New driveways have been designed to maximize sightline distances to the greatest extent possible;
• Not applicable.
d) It is impractical to meet these standards and that a waiver of these regulations will not result in or worsen parking and traffic problems on-site or on the surrounding streets, or adversely affect the value of abutting lands and buildings;

The Board found that this is an existing structure, and, the Applicant is meeting the requirements of the by-law.

e) The granting of relief is consistent with the intent of this By-Law and will not increase the likelihood of accident or impair access and circulation.


Decision and Vote:
It was Moved, Seconded and SO VOTED to APPROVE the Special Permit A3 parking determination in accordance with Section III-G.7.iv.B, to support the proposed conversion of the existing second level office use to a 1 bedroom residential use as presented at the hearing, based on the findings and subject to the following conditions:

1. Any expansion of the residential use requires a modification of this permit to demonstrate adequacy of parking.
2. Annually upon renewal, Resident shall provide a copy of the valid DOWNTOWN RESIDENT PARKING PERMIT APPLICATION showing permit information, to the Building Commissioner.

Jennifer M. Gay Smith
Chairman, Hingham Planning Board

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