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Site Plan Review in Association with Building Permit


Applicant:                  Falconeri Construction

                                    88 West Grove Street             Certified Mail # 7017 1000 0000 1995 8411             

                                    Middleboro, MA 02346


Premises:                     45 Industrial Park Road

                                    Hingham, MA 02043

Date:                           June 20, 2018



Summary of Proceedings and Project Description

At the regular meeting of June 18, 2018, Planning Board members Gordon Carr, Gary Tondorf-Dick, William Ramsey and Judith Sneath heard the request for Site Plan Review in Association with Building Permit from Falconeri Construction.  John Cavanaro of Cavanaro Consulting and Matt Falconeri, Applicant were at the meeting to present the project. 

The application before the Board is for Site Plan Review in association with Building Permit in accordance with §I-H of the By-law for 45 Industrial Park Road, property zoned Industrial Park and South Hingham Overlay, for a to allow a 3,200 square foot addition to the existing building to be used as office space for a construction company (1,000 s.f.) and 2,200 s.f. garage space.  The applicant requested a waiver from the requirement to submit utility, lighting and architectural plans. 

The applicant explained that there is an existing structure and the addition will be on the rear of it.  The existing tenant does not require as much space anymore so their area will be reduced and the construction office and garage space will be added on to the building.  The back portion of the parking lot will be gated and the board spent some time discussing the site circulation, aisle widths, landscaping, parking, drainage, pavement and snow storage plans for the site.  The Board noted that the peer review engineer comments had all been satisfied. 

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.  These alterations to the building will not result in negative impacts to abutters.        


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:  Fire Marshal letter of June 15, 2018 states the need for access to gated areas and verification of truck turning radii by utilization of turning templates.

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 quantity of 29 outdoor spaces is adequate and one parking space will be relocated to the dumpster area.

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

Finding:  Additional landscaping may be added as required by the Conservation Commission during their review.

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

Finding:  Dumpster shown on 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;

Finding:  The Conservation staff has indicated in email of June 11, 2018 that a Notice of Intent (NOI) is required.  Project is subject to the water balance plan requirements from Aquarion.  Applicant must contact Aquarion to determine their requirements.  The Title 5 report will need a soil log from within 10 years of the inspection.  The groundwater analysis was from 1979.   Once this data is received staff can review the Title 5 report.  The new proposed wastewater flow is much less than the system that was designed in 1979. 

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:  Project was peer reviewed by Amory Engineering.  The review memo of June 8, 2018 from Pat Brennan indicates all of his review comments have been addressed.  Staff does not support the use of hay on site as cited in the O&M plan. Applicant must provide information on snow removal and snow storage plan.


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:  Not applicable.

The Board then Moved, Seconded and So Voted to Approve the request for a partial waiver of the submittal requirements for the utility plan, lighting plan and architectural plans.  The Board then Moved, Seconded and So Voted to Approve Site Plan Review for Falconeri Construction at 45 Industrial Park Road, as represented at the hearings and as shown on the plans titles SITE PLAN REVIEW 45 INDUSTRIAL PARK ROAD HINGHAM, MA, dated 6/1/18 prepared by Cavanaro Consulting, pursuant to the findings discussed herein with the following conditions: 


  1. Outside light fixtures must be wall mounted full cutoff fixtures with recessed lenses consistent with what exists today.
  2. Applicant shall demonstrate adequacy of turning radii to the satisfaction of the Fire Marshal prior to issuance of Building Permit.  Planning Board must be copied on all submittals related to this item for the file.
  3. Prior to issuance of the Building permit the Applicant shall coordinate with Fire Marshal to determine the appropriate way to ensure access to the gated area (knox box is suggested).
  4. Prior to issuance of CO the Knox box or approved alternative must be in place.
  5. A building permit is required for the retaining wall.
  6. The western aisle at the rear of the building will be increased to not less than 24’ in width.
  7. One parallel parking space will be relocated to the dumpster area.
  8. The landscape material at the northwest portion of the parking lot shall be evergreen and provide year round screening for headlights.
  9. Applicant shall add one deciduous tree to plan and shall provide revised plans prior to issuance of the building permit.

10.  Applicant must apply for a NOI with the Conservation Commission.

11.  Applicant is responsible for securing all local and state permits prior to the start of work

12.  Applicant must meet the requirements of Aquarion as possible prior to CO.

13.  A spill kit shall be maintained on site at all times to allow rapid cleanup of any spills from the construction equipment and vehicles on site.

14.  Unless otherwise approved by the Conservation Commission during the NOI process the following shall apply:  Long term stabilization in winter months (if necessary) will be done by hydro seeding with tackifier of all exposed areas and the installation of Mulch Logs.  Hay shall not be used on site. 

15.  Maintenance records of the site as spelled out in the O&M plan shall be maintained on site in a binder or folder.

16.  Snow will not be stored in any parking spaces.

Town of Hingham Planning Board



Gordon M. Carr, Chairman                             Date



Cc:  Town Clerk, John Cavanaro, Conservation Commission, Building Department, Fire, Health, Assessors, S. Girardi, S. Olson, Police






EXECUTED this _____ day of _______, 2018

Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Plymouth, ss                                                                            _____, 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