WELLESLEY PLANNING BOARD
REGULAR MEETING AND CONTINUED PUBLIC HEARING
TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2007, 7:30 p.m.
PLANNING BOARD OFFICE – TOWN HALL
Present: Mr. Frisardi, Ms. Donahue, Mr. Chazen, Mr. Chan, Mr. Meade ……………….. ……………………………………………………………………Ms. Conlon, Mr. Brown.
Tom Harrington; Johann Van der Wal; Ken Baer, Advisory Committee
1. Plan Thought Not to Require Subdivision Approval
PBC-07-01 165-167 Great Plain Avenue
Mr. Harrington explained this plan before the Board. After a brief discussion the Board moved, seconded and voted unanimously to endorse the plan as not requiring approval under the Subdivision Control Law.
a. 17-27 Pembroke Road - Request for Bond Reduction
The Board received a request from the owner/developer Victor Corda for a bond reduction. The Board reviewed an estimate of the cost of the remaining work from the Engineering Division. After a brief discussion the Board reduced the Bond to $64,724. This represents a bond reduction of $74,276.
b. Burnett Lane – Request for Bond Reduction
The Board received a request from the owner/developers Walter Lafko and John Nix for a bond reduction. The Board reviewed an estimate of the cost of the remaining work from the Engineering Division. After a brief discussion the Board reduced the Bond to $7,500. This represents a bond reduction of $27,860.
3. Unaccepted Street Project – Partridge Road
The Board met with Mr. Van der Wal concerning his request to extend the completion date for his project. The current Assignment and Board specifies that work must be completed by December 31, 2006. After a discussion the Board moved, seconded and voted to extend the work completion date until December 31, 2007.
4. Wellesley Inn
The Board received a request from the applicant to continue the hearing until January 23, 2007. The Board opened the hearing and without discussion or testimony being taken moved, seconded and voted unanimously to continue the hearing until January 23, 2007.
5. 21 Morses Pond Road – Mr. Ho
The Board received a letter from Mr. Ho requesting reconsideration of the length of street frontage that must be upgraded. A plan was included showing the house lot at #21 and its frontage. The Board discussed the matter and concluded that it could not alter the requirements. A letter will be drafted to Mr. Ho.
a. Wellesley Inn
Ms. Donahue brought the Board up to date on a meeting held with the Wellesley Inn project applicants. It was agreed in the meeting that the dispute concerning quantity of on-site parking could be resolved by means of the applicant participating with the Town in a program to improve off-street parking in Wellesley Square. The form of participation in this instance would the making of a payment to the Town to enable the implementation of the program. This payment would be made to the Town by the applicant at the time of commencement of construction on the site.
To implement the agreement the PSI process will need to be restarted. February 13, 2007 was selected for a new hearing date.
b. 27 Washington Street
Mr. Brown reported on a recent meeting with representatives of Stop and Shop. Town representatives indicated an interest in reengaging with the applicant concerning this stalled project. At that meeting the Town’s position was characterized. The applicant has indicated that the characterization is a basis for continuing discussions with the Town. The applicant has agreed to dismiss two of the outstanding court cases.
c. Community Planning Committee
Ms. Donahue reported on activities and projects of the committee. A major project under consideration for funding is the Morse’s Pond rehabilitation project. A second project is the rehabilitation of the Sprague Field. She indicated that there will be a discussion of whether artificial turf is an eligible expense.
The minutes of November 28, 2006 were approved as amended. The minutes of December 11, 2006 and December 12, 2006 were approved.
8. Town Meeting Articles
The Board briefly discussed the articles and made member assignments for the unassigned articles. Mr. Chazen – Air Conditioning; Mr. Frisardi – Grading and Retaining Walls. The Board decided to withdraw the Form Based Zoning Article.
There was a brief discussion of the Neighborhood Conservation District.
The Board expressed concern with the volume of material to be covered at the hearing. It was suggested that a note be added to the public hearing notice that the hearing would be continued to another evening if discussion cannot be completed on the evening of February 6th.
Mr. Brown noted that Michael Joseph Connolly wishes to meet with the Board on January 23rd to discuss his proposed Zoning Map amendment for the property at Washington Street at Hillside Road. The Board suggested that he be advised to provide whatever plans and drawings of his proposed project that may be available.
Next Meeting: January 23, 2007
Meeting Adjourned: 10:00 p.m.
Richard H. Brown