WELLESLEY PLANNING BOARD
MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2007, 7:30 p.m.
PLANNING BOARD OFFICE - TOWN HALL
Present: Mr. Frisardi, Ms. Donahue, Mr. Chan, Mr. McCauley……………….Mr. Brown
John Dederian, Barbara Sullivan, Dan Grossman, Ken Baer, Robert and Nancy Bagdasarian
1. Plan Thought Not to Require Subdivision Approval
PBC-07-03 #56 Windsor Road
The Board reviewed this plan. Mrs. Bagdasarian explained the purpose of the plan. After a brief discussion the Board moved, seconded and voted unanimously to endorse the plan as not requiring approval under the Subdivision Control Law.
2. Unaccepted Street Review
8 Highledge Avenue
The Board met with Barbara Sullivan and Dan Grossman regarding their project to expand their dwelling at #8 Highledge Avenue. The Board received a report from the Engineering Division identifying several work items totaling $6,573. This figure includes a 15% contingency.
A copy of this report was provided to the applicants. The Board explained the process and asked if they understood and assented to the amount. They responded in the affirmative. The Board moved, seconded and voted unanimously to find this section of Highledge Avenue adequate provided the work identified by the Engineering Division is done. The Board established the bond amount at $6,573.
3. Discussion of Zoning Article
Article 43 - 500 foot frontage rule.
The Board discussed the proposed motion for this article.
Mr. Chan mentioned an alternative simplified motion.
Ms. Donahue felt that the Board needs time to consider the alternative. She felt Mr. Chan has spent considerable time on the language and it is quite thorough.
Mr. McCauley expressed some concern that the alternate language has not received full notice in the community.
Mr. Derderian mentioned his concerns about the original motion and acknowledged receipt of draft language to clarify the applicability of the rule to lots like his. That is, lots that have the characteristics of corner lots in that they have "frontage" on more than one side.
After some discussion the Board decided to retain the more detailed language of Mr. Chan's original motion and include the "corner lot" clarification.
Mr. Frisardi indicated that rather than engaging in a detailed discussion of the other motions he wanted to proceed to the other agenda items.
4. Comprehensive Plan
a. The Board discussed the completed Comprehensive Plan Document.
Ms. Donahue felt the document is excellent and praised the work of Goody Clancy, particularly Larissa Brown. Her sentiment was strongly shared by all.
The Board moved, seconded and voted unanimously to adopt the completed 2007-2017 Comprehensive Plan.
b. Comprehensive Plan Contract.
There was a brief description of contract deliverables regarding the number of printed copies of the plan made available. All felt that the Planning Office must have a reasonable quantity on hand for the coming years. Mr. Brown will have more plans printed under the original contract and/or by separate expenditure.
5. Town Affairs Night
Mr. Frisardi reported on the March 19th meeting. There was a brief discussion of the Mansionization issue and the possible approaches.
Ms. Donahue mentioned a task force approach. She felt that the public must be involved. Not all agreed.
Mr. McCauley felt that the Bulk Factor concept should be used. Mr. Frisardi felt that a site plan review procedure would be a better approach. The Board will continue to discuss this matter.
6. Street Acceptance
The Board briefly discussed two streets, Sabrina Road and Woodside Avenue, proposed for acceptance at the upcoming Town Meeting. The Board had no objection to the acceptance of either street based on funding methodology for each which has been determined by the Board of Selectmen.
7. Executive Session
The Board moved, seconded and voted unanimously by a roll call vote to enter into executive session to meet with the Board of Selectmen in the Juliani Room to discuss ongoing negotiations. At the conclusion of this session the Board moved, seconded and voted to enter into open session for the purpose of adjourning.
Next Meeting: March 31, 2007
Meeting Adjourned: 10:20 p.m.
Richard H. Brown