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NOTICE OF DECISION
Site Plan Review in Association with a Special Permit A2

Applicant: SEA CHAIN MARINA, LLC.
Hingham Shipyard Marinas
24 Shipyard Drive

Premises: 24 Shipyard Drive Certified Mail #7017 1000 0000 1993 7706 Hingham, MA 02043

Date: February 15, 2018

Summary of Proceedings
At a duly noticed public hearing at the meeting of February 12, 2018 Planning Board members Sarah Corey, Gordon Carr, William Ramsey, and Jennifer Gay Smith heard the application of SEA CHAIN MARINA, LLC. for Site Plan Review under § I-G and § I-I, in Association with a Special Permit A2 for a Modification to the existing Mixed-use Special Permit with Site Plan Review issued to Sea Chain, LLC, dated May 12, 2003 as amended, to repair ~222 lineal feet of the commercial pier and repair/rebuild ~4,044 s.f. of the existing structures thereon, at The Hingham Shipyard Marinas, 24 Shipyard Drive, zoned Industrial. The Applicant team included Vincent DiTullio, General Manager, Hingham Shipyard Marinas and Jeffrey Tocchio, Attorney.

Project Description
Hingham Shipyard Marinas (HSM) proposes to repair approximately 222 linear feet of deck/pier, which is part of the commercial pier. The work includes removal of existing structures which support the commercial fishing uses, demolition and rebuilding of the deteriorated sections of pier decking, and the reconstruction and replacement of 4,044 square feet of structures on the repaired pier. There is no change in use proposed, this is simply repair work because the decking is rotted. The Board discussed parking demands but noted that as the use is not changing there would be no impact on the parking requirements as part of this permit. The Board did note that if the use were to change in the future they would want to review parking, and the Fire Prevention Officer had also indicated the same in his review comments. The Board noted that during the original permitting process for the Shipyard great care was taken to support and preserve the commercial fishing uses, and they were glad that that use continues to be active in Hingham. The Board then reviewed the site plan review criteria, made findings and identified conditions, as follows.

Findings
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 Fire Department comments of 1/17/18 note satisfaction with the current project but state that should the use of the buildings change in the future, including adding public access, the fire protection needs would have to be revisited.

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 use is not changing thus no additional parking demands or traffic are being generated by this project, except for construction traffic.

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 construction staging should not block any existing parking spaces for other users in the shipyard.

d. adequacy of open space and setbacks, including adequacy of landscaping of such areas;

The Board found that this is 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 is 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 this is not applicable.

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 there will be no change in how storm water is managed is proposed as part of the repair of the commercial piers.

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 the new structures will improve the safety and functionality of the area.

Vote
The Board then Moved, Seconded and SO VOTED to APPROVE the Site Plan Review in Association with a Special Permit A2 for a Modification to the existing Mixed-use Special Permit with Site Plan Review issued to Sea Chain, LLC, dated May 12, 2003 as amended, as presented at the hearing and shown on the plans titled “Deck Repair and Building Replacement, 4C-6D Essington drive, Hingham Shipyard Marina, Hingham, MA, Existing and Proposed Building Location Plan and East Elevation” prepared for Hingham Shipyard Marinas, prepared by Structures Engineering, dated November 9, 2017, 7 sheets, pursuant to the findings and with the following conditions:

1. Should the use of the buildings change in the future, including adding public access to the buildings, the fire protection needs would have to be revisited as part of a site plan modification application.
2. Outside lighting shall be dark sky compliant with recessed or full cut off, shielded lenses.
3. If the use changes, or, there is further expansion of the structures the site plan must be modified and any potential impact on parking must be reviewed as part of a site plan modification application at a minimum.
4. Applicant shall submit a revised set of plans indicating the corrected square footage (4,044) in appropriate locations.
5. An as-built plan shall be provided prior to CO (electronic and hardcopy).
6. Construction staging shall not block any existing parking spaces for other users in the shipyard.

Town of Hingham Planning Board


Jennifer M. Gay Smith, Chairman

In Favor: Gay Smith, Corey, Carr, Ramsey
Opposed: None

Cc: Town Clerk, Building Department, ZBA, Cheri Rudzinsky, Jeff Tocchio DTM, Assessors, Conservation Commission

NOTARIZATION

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.


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Mary F. Savage-Dunham, Notary Public