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Site Plan Review


Applicant:                   G.M.J Group, LLC                   Certified Mail # 7017 1000 0000 1995 8374



Premises:                     9 Short Street

                                    Hingham, MA 02043

Date:                            June 16, 2018



Summary of Proceedings

At the regular meeting of June 4, 2018, Planning Board members Gordon Carr, Gary Tondorf-Dick, Jennifer Gay Smith, William Ramsey and Judith Sneath heard the request for Site Plan Review in Association with Building Permit to allow a 79 square foot building addition on the property at 9 Short Street, in the Business A zone.   Jeffrey Tocchio was present for the Applicant. 

Project Description

The application before the Board is site plan review in accordance with §I-H of the By-law for Site Plan in association with Building permit for 9 Short Street, property zoned Business A, for a 79 square foot building addition which will facilitate a bump out for a cooler, handicapped accessible bathrooms, and the related expansion of retail sales area from 200 square feet to 377 square feet.  The drainage currently goes into the catch basin on the north east side of the site, and there are no changes proposed to the drainage patterns.  This is a small independently owned business and the proposed addition is fairly minor in size.    The Board discussed the stormwater management related condition of the 2016 decision and asked the applicant to provide documentation that the site maintenance as required is taking place.  One parking space is being eliminated as a result of the work but there are still two surplus spaces on site.  The septic system has been recently upgraded also.

Findings and Decision

After discussion, the Board reviewed the Site Plan Review Criteria, and made the following findings:  

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.

Findings:  The Project is a minor addition to enable a small increase in the area of retail sales.  No alteration to fuel pumps, etc. proposed.  These alterations to the building will not result in negative impacts to abutters.  No changes to lighting are proposed.     


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;

Finding:  No changes to curb cuts or interior circulation on site are proposed.

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;

Finding:  The parking is adequate and there will be 2 surplus spaces on site after the project.

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

Finding:  Aside from the minor expansion all setbacks and open space remain unchanged.

e.       adequacy of the methods of disposal of refuse and other wastes resulting from the uses permitted on the site

Finding:  No change as a result of this project.

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;

Finding:  The memo from Executive Health Officer received dated May 31, 2018 lists questions and possible requirements.

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.

Finding:  No impact.  Drainage improvements were completed as part of the 2016 project. Applicant is reminded of the annual stormwater maintenance and reporting requirements.)


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;

Finding:  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.

Finding:  The minor addition will not be an unreasonable departure from character and scale of adjacent buildings.

The Board then Moved, Seconded and So Voted to Approve the Site Plan Review for G.M.J. Group., LLC. at 9 Short Street, as represented at the hearings and as shown on the material submitted May 10, 2018, pursuant to the findings discussed herein with the following conditions: 


  1. Applicant must satisfy all requirements from the Executive Health Officer prior to issuance of Building Permit
  2. Applicant shall confirm to the Building Commissioner that all ADA/MAAB requirements are met. 
  3. Conditions from the January 26, 2016 Planning Board decision remain in place.
  4. Applicant shall provide evidence that they have satisfied the conditions from 2016 prior to Building permit.

Town of Hingham Planning Board



Gordon M. Carr, Chairman                              Date



Cc:  Town Clerk, Jeffrey Tocchio, Building Department, Fire, Health, Assessors,






EXECUTED this _____ day of June, 2018

Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Plymouth, ss                                                                            June __, 2018

Then personally appeared Gordon M. Carr, 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                      My Commission Expires October 29, 2021