WELLESLEY PLANNING BOARD
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2007, 7:30 p.m.
PLANNING BOARD OFFICE - TOWN HALL
Present for the Planning Board: Mr. Frisardi, Ms. Donahue, Mr. Chan, Mr. Meade, ………….. Ms. Conlon
1. Signing of Wellesley Inn PSI and Inclusionary Zoning Special Permits
Ms. Donahue recommended some changes to language in the Negotiated Improvements portion of the PSI Decision to clarify roles of the Planning Board and Board of Selectmen. The Planning Board agreed with Ms. Donahue's recommended changes and Mr. Frisardi, Mr. Chan, Mr. Meade, and Ms. Donahue signed both the PSI and Inclusionary Zoning decisions. Mr. Meade left the meeting after the signing of the decisions.
2. Town Meeting Articles
Mr. Frisardi began the discussion of the Town Meeting Articles. Mr. Frisardi suggested and the Planning Board agreed to make no motion on Articles 47 (Building Height), 48 (Bulk Factor), 49 (Non Conforming), and 51 (Grading and Retaining Walls).
The Board discussed who would present the proposed articles to Town Meeting. It was decided Mr. Frisardi would present Off Street Parking, PSI Traffic and Site Plan Articles. Mr. Chan would present the 500 Foot Rule, Accessory Buildings, and Setbacks in Commercial Districts Articles. Ms. Donahue would present the Definitions, Air Conditioning, and Inclusionary Zoning Articles.
Ms. Donahue suggested a study committee or a focus group be formed to look at issues surrounding mansionization. Ms. Donahue reminded the Board that Mr. Grignaffini has agreed to work with the Board in review of mansionization along with several other local builders. Ms. Donahue suggested the Board make a presentation to Town Meeting on the reoccurring mansionization questions.
The Board reviewed all of the proposed Town Meeting Articles.
The Board discussed the proposed Definitions. Mr. Frisardi suggested leaving the retaining wall language in the definition of Structures. Mr. Frisardi stated the Advisory Committee has recommended the new definitions be capitalized in the Zoning Bylaw, and noted the Board could make a second motion to accommodate Advisory's request. The Board considered dropping all of the definitions except the modification to FAR, but decided at this time to proceed with the article as written. Mr. Frisardi did remind the Board the Zoning Bylaw recodification would begin in FYO8 and the definitions could be updated at that time.
The Board discussed the Off Street Parking changes. It was noted Advisory recommended the use of public parking spaces within 600 feet of a commercial site be altered to require the 600 foot distance be measured to the entrance of a commercial building. The Board after a brief discussion decided to add, "walking" to further define the 600 foot distance to public parking in the Determination of Minimum Number of Parking Spaces Required section of the Article.
Mr. Chan reported to the Board on the proposed changes to the 500 foot rule. Ms. Conlon noted one substantive change is the requirement that the maximum setback of the properties within 500 feet be used as the determining front yard setback. Ms. Conlon noted the current application is that the minimum setback of the properties within 500 feet of the lot to be effected be used. Mr. Chan suggested checking with the Building Inspector on his current application, and revisiting the language to reflect the current practice.
Mr. Chan discussed the Accessory Building Article and questioned if the Board wanted to proceed with the 20% increase in size of accessory structures. Mr. Frisardi noted the Building Inspector asked for the article, and the Board decided to proceed with the article as written.
Mr. Frisardi discussed the PSI Traffic and Site Plan Articles. Mr. Frisardi noted the Advisory Committee was confused over the redlined versions of Articles 42 and 52 which would modify PSI Traffic and Site Plan. Mr. Frisardi suggested the Board move forward with the articles and noted the Board has collected data and researched the proposed changes for a year and a half. The Board agreed to proceed with the Articles as proposed. Mr. Frisardi noted Article 52 would require two motions in case Article 42 fails.
There was a brief discussion the Neighborhood Conservation Districts. The Board decided to support the Article and agreed the NCD concept is a planning tool the Board is in favor of and will further study in FY 09. Ms. Donahue recommended a few minor additions and changes to the language which would be sent along to the Historical Commission.
Mr. Frisardi suggested the Planning Board meet on Saturday April 7th to have a run through of the presentations to Town Meeting.
Next Meeting: February 27, 2007
Meeting Adjourned: 9:20 p.m.
Richard H. Brown