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Planning Board

Site Plan Review in Association with a Building Permit


Applicant: Gill Research Drive LLC., C/O Kevin Gill
75 Industrial Park Drive
Hingham, MA 02043

Premises: 60 Research Road, Hingham, MA 02043

Date: February 23, 2015

Plan Reference: Plan entitled "Site Plan Assessors Map 207 Lot 16, 60 Research Road, Hingham, Massachusetts" dated 1/16/15 prepared by Merrill Engineers and Land Surveyors 427 Columbia Road, Hanover, MA 02339.

Summary of Proceedings
At the regular meeting of the Planning Board on February 18, 2015 Mr. Thomas Pozerski, of Merrill Inc, and Kevin Gill, McCusker Gill presented the site plan modifications in association with the building permit for improvements at 60 Research Road. John Chessia, of Chessia Consulting, was present as the peer review engineer for the Planning Board.

Mr. Pozerski reviewed the scope of the improvements and explained that Mr. Gill is moving the existing business from 75 Industrial park Road to 60 Research Road, and proposes to make some minor changes to the loading area and parking lot to facilitate his workflow and process. Mr. Pozerski reviewed the parking and truck turning template. He said that the proposal is to reduce the parking from 265 spaces to 252 spaces, where 155 is required. A WB55 truck can get in and out of the site, and, it is a low traffic generator. The dumpster is proposed to be behind building, and snow storage will be at the perimeter of the lot. The Board discussed the truck turning movements and questioned if there would be a problem for fire trucks or the largest of vehicles. Mr. Gill said that prior to deciding on the site he had a trucking company visit the site and maneuver to be sure the property worked for his business. He said the majority of the trucks coming to the site are WB40 (straight box trucks) and that he has no concerns about the trucks maneuvering on the site. Mr. Pozerski said the employees will be parking up front or out back. Eight regular and two van accessible handicapped spaces are proposed. They intend to clean catch basins and install a rain garden. There will be no changes to any of the outside lighting.

Mr. Chessia asked the Board if the parking should be reduced to 246 spaces (as shown on sheet SK-1) to remove the spaces in the turning radius. He said 155 spaces are required so there is an excess. He also noted that the truck maneuvering is tricky for big trucks. Mr. Gill reiterated that he knows this and that it is ok. Mr. Tondorf-Dick asked about the access drive and Mr. Gill said it is a permanent access. He noted that storm water is bring improved because there is no increase in runoff or pavement, and, they are adding hoods in the catch basins.

Site Plan Review Criteria

The Board reviewed the Site Plan criteria as follows:

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 noted that there was no change proposed to the lighting. The Board found that there would be an improvement to the storm water by the installation of the hoods and the rain garden, and also noted that this is really a reuse of an existing site..

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 project would be improving the current situation by opening up the entrance which makes it more convenient to access the site.

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 noted that they had reviewed the truck turning templates and the site works for WD50 vehicles. They discussed that the parking plan on sheet SK-1 should be revised to show 246 parking spaces.

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

The Board found there would be no change to the landscaping in the setbacks and noted that it is an Industrial area. They found that the rain garden would be a nice improvement to enhance the entrance area.

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

The Board found that the proposal for dumpsters at the rear of the building was appropriate.

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 to the project. Site served by municipal sewer (Weymouth) and Aquarion water.

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 noted that an O&M plan was proposed for during construction and a long term pollution prevention plan was also in place. The mitigation area is the entrance and rain garden, handicapped spaces and the dumpster area.

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 to the project. They further noted that two trees are bring transplanted on the site and not simply cut down.

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 there would be no change and this is not applicable.

Vote and Conditions

The Board then moved, seconded and so VOTED to approve the site plan for 60 Research Road as presented in the hearing and as depicted on the plans "Site Plan Assessors Map 207 Lot 16, 60 Research Road, Hingham, Massachusetts" dated 1/16/15 prepared by Merrill Engineers and Land Surveyors 427 Columbia Road, Hanover, MA 02339 as revised to 2/2/15, with the following condition:

1. The maps are to be revised to show 246 parking spaces.

Gary Tondorf-Dick, Chairman
Hingham Planning Board

cc: Town Clerk, Conservation, Building Department, T. Pozerski


EXECUTED this _____ day of February, 2015

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Plymouth, ss February 23, 2015

Then personally appeared Sarah H. Corey, Chairman of the Hingham Planning Board, and acknowledged the foregoing to be the free act and deed of said Board.

_________________________ My Commission Expires October 29, 2021
Mary F. Savage-Dunham, Notary Public