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Certified Mail #7016 3010 0000 2614 2348
NOTICE OF DECISION
Site Plan Review
Applicant: South Shore Industrial Park Trust
20 Winthrop Square
Boston, MA 02110
Project Site: 4 Pond Park Road
Plan References: “South Shore Industrial Park Trust 4 Pond Park Road Hingham, MA” prepared by CHA, dated 1/2/18, revised to 1/24/18, 11 sheets.
On January 2, 2018, South Shore Industrial Park Trust (the “Applicant”) filed an application (“Application”) for a Site Plan Review under §I-G and §I-I in conjunction with Special Permit A3 parking waivers under §V-A of the Zoning By-Law and such other relief as necessary to allow a re-tenanting with associated drainage and accessibility improvements to the existing building at 4 Pond Park, in the Industrial Park and South Hingham Development Overlay District. A public hearing of the Planning Board was duly noticed and held on January 29, 2018, continued to January 30, 2018. The Applicant was represented by Richard Beal, Executive Vice President, AW Perry, Gabe Crocker and Scott Arnold, CHA, Steve Larocce, Larocce Architecture, Jay Pasquale. The Planning Board hearing was conducted by Gordon Carr, Jennifer M. Gay Smith and William Ramsey.
BACKGROUND AND DISCUSSION
Mr. Beal explained that this project consists of site and architectural improvements associated with the re-tenanting of the building which was built in 1980 and has been vacant since late 2015. This site is immediately adjacent to the Bone & Muscle Center. The site improvements include reconfiguring traffic circulation and restriping the parking lot, adding selective landscape elements, architectural improvements, improved accessibility and egress, and water quality improvements. The Board reviewed the improvements to the site and were supportive of the proposed scope of the work.
FINDINGS - SITE PLAN REVIEW
Based on the information submitted and presented during the hearing, and subject to satisfaction of the conditions set forth below, the Board made the following findings under Section I-I, 6 of the By-Law:
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 the Hydrant locations are sufficient, there will be negligible alteration of drainage patterns and the Building is existing.
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 the driveway openings and sidewalks are not changing and the sight distance at exit driveway exceeds standards. The Fire department comments have been satisfied, and the truck turning template indicates adequacy of driveway system with the need for modest widening on exit driveway.
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 special permit A3 parking waivers are needed.
d. adequacy of open space and setbacks, including adequacy of landscaping of such areas;
The Board found that this is a developed site with existing landscaping and resource areas and the applicant is providing supplemental landscaping as requested.
e. adequacy of the methods of disposal of refuse and other wastes resulting from the uses permitted on the site
The Board found that a new dumpster is shown on the plan.
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 Applicant is working on Title V with the Board of Health. The HMLP requires and easement.
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.
The Board found that this is a redevelopment of an existing site and as such the drainage system is existing. The Applicant is improving the existing conditions and has prepared an O&M plan to guide ongoing operations. The Applicant shall clean the catch basins and upgrade them as described in the application.
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 this is not applicable.
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 not applicable.
VOTE AND CONDITIONS
Upon a motion made by Jennifer M. Gay Smith and seconded by Gordon Carr, the Board voted 3-0 to APPROVE Site Plan Review for South Shore Industrial Park Trust, as represented and modified at the hearings and as shown on the plans titled “South Shore Industrial Park Trust 4 Pond Park Road Hingham, MA, “prepared by CHA, dated 1/2/18, revised to 1/24/18, 11 sheets, based on the findings, and subject to the following conditions:
1. Any new exterior lighting shall be dark sky compliant.
2. Applicant shall provide the easement to the HMLP prior to Certificate of Occupancy.
Jennifer M. Gay Smith
Chairman, Hingham Planning Board
EXECUTED this ____ day of February 1, 2018
In favor: Carr, Gay Smith, Ramsey
Cc: Clerk, Fire, Police, Assessor, Conservation, Building, Gabe Crocker, BOH
EXECUTED this ______ day of February, 2018
COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
Plymouth, ss February _____, 2018
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.
Mary F. Savage-Dunham, Notary Public
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