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Minor Site Plan Review in Association with a Minor Modification to a
Special Permit A2 for Herb Chambers Lexus
141 Derby Street


Applicant: Herb Chambers Derby Street, LLC
259 McGrath Highway
Somerville, MA 02143

Premises: 141 Derby Street
Hingham, MA 02043

Date: May 20, 2014

Plan Reference:
Plans titled: REVISED SITE PLANS HERB CHAMBERS LEXUS FOR BRISTOL BROS. DEVELOPMENT CORP. 141 DERBY STREET, LOT 1, HINGHAM, MA, Prepared by CHA 101 Accord Park Drive, Norwell, MA 02061, dated April 18, 2013, revised to 4/11/14, except for Sheet C-6 which was revised to 5/12/14, and new Sheet DE-1 titled: Drainage Exhibit, dated 5/12/14; and, building elevations in a set titled HERB CHAMBERS LEXUS OF HINGHAM 141 Derby Street, Hingham, Massachusetts 02043, prepared by Regent Associates, Inc. Architects, 24 Lyman Street, Westborough, MA 01581, Sheets A1.1, A1.2, and A5.1, dated 4/10/14 labeled "Progress Only - Not For Construction".

Summary of Proceedings:
In accordance with Section I-I of the Zoning By-Law, the Hingham Planning Board heard testimony on the proposed modifications to the building footprint and the request to handle the changes as a minor modification to the overall Site Plan. The application for consideration of a Minor Modification Request to Site Plan Review in conjunction with a Minor Modification Request to a Special Permit A2 was filed at the Planning Board on May 2, 2014 by Herb Chambers Derby Street, LLC for property know as 141 Derby Street, in the Office Park District and the South Hingham Overlay Development District.

The Site Plan Review hearing on this matter was properly posted and discussed at joint meeting of the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals on May 14, 2014 at
Hingham Town Hall, 210 Central Street. The hearing and deliberations were conducted by Planning Board members Judy Sneath, Sarah Corey, Walter Sullivan Jr., Gary Tondorf-Dick and William Ramsey, Chair.

The Application was represented by Mike Shafman, the General Manager for Lexus; Architect Chris Wall, Regent Associates; Attorney Frank Marinelli; Peter O'Callaghan, Construction Manager for Lexus; and Gabe Crocker, PE, of CHA. The Peer Review Engineer was John Chessia, PE, of Chessia Consulting (not in attendance at this hearing).

Project Description and Discussion:
Mr. Crocker presented the project to the Board and explained that the modifications to the building footprint relate back to an internal efficiency item. The modification extends the roof from the vehicle reception area on the west side of the building up to the northern end (rear) of the building. This improves operations for the dealership as it keeps the vehicles inside the building during the entire time of service. Being able to do this saves energy by reducing the number of times the overhead doors would be opened by half. The increased area provides space for a dedicated "express service" area for specialized services. Mr. Crocker explained that extending the roof does increase the building footprint approximately 3,798 s.f., but, it is being extended over area that was approved to be paved originally. In addition, the second floor is decreasing by approximately 1,400 s.f.. The FAR increases from .10 to .11, where .15 is allowed.

Mr. Tondorf-Dick asked if the modification to the building changes the queuing of vehicles entering the southern service bays. Mr. Crocker stated that it didn't, and, that stacking room for vehicles inside the building was increased. Mr. Tondorf-Dick asked if the vehicular circulation around the building was affected at all, and Mr. Crocker replied no. Mr. Crocker said there was no change to the site access, parking, or amount of impervious area. Mr. Crocker stated that one tree had to be removed to allow the installation of an electrical transformer, and that two evergreen trees were added in the adjacent island to compensate for the change. Ms. Corey asked if the storage could be shielded somewhat by the addition of one tree in the nearby landscaped island. Mr. Crocker examined the plans and stated that there was room for a tree and they could do so if the board wanted. Mr. Tondorf-Dick asked if the roof water could be used for the car wash. Mr. Crocker said no, because roof water has grit in it. He also said that the carwash is a recycling system and reduces water use by 2/3. He also said that there is a cistern proposed to capture the roof runoff and then pump it to the front of the site to irrigate the plantings in the landscaped beds. He re-stated that the parking plan has not changed. Because of the shift in the internal area and how the "need" for parking spaces are calculated, the new parking requirements works out to 125 spaces where the previous requirement was for 129 spaces. The intent is to still provide the 129 spaces. Mr. McGrath asked if Hingham Light could run the electric wires underground. Mr. Crocker said they could certainly check into it. Mr. Tondorf-Dick asked if the elevations had changed in color. Mr. Crocker described the facade and reviewed the elevations again. He said the glass would be slightly tinted, and the facade would still be the champagne color with the black tower as originally approved. Ms. Corey asked about the revisions to the drainage system and the recommendation from Mr. Chessia in his letter of May 12, 2014 that the plan set include details on the changes. Mr. Crocker reviewed the Drainage Exhibit Sheet DE-1 that summarizes the drainage divide as requested. Mr. Crocker stated that the storm water was still being discharged in essentially the same proportion to the sub-basins as previously approved. He stated the primary change was to the building footprint.

Vote and Conditions:
It was moved, seconded, and SO VOTED, to ACT FAVORABLY on the Minor Modification to the Site Plan as presented and discussed, subject to the following conditions:

1. One additional shade tree shall be planted in the landscaped island immediately adjacent to the Northwest corner of the building; and,
2. Two additional trees shall be planted as shown near the transformer.





Gary Tondorf-Dick, Clerk
Hingham Planning Board
May 20, 2014