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TOWN OF HINGHAM
NOTICE OF DECISION
Site Plan Review in Association with a Building Permit
IN THE MATTER OF:
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
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
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
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
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 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