Draft Planning Board Minutes - February 21, 2017
LITTLETON PLANNING BOARD
COMMUNITY CENTER HEALD ROOM
120 MAIN STREET
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017
PRESENT: Vice Chair Linda MacNeil, Tony J. Ilacqua, Mary Menzies, Bruce Ralston, Val Poulsen, Milton Bratz, and Joanna Ray (recording secretary)
EXCUSED: Jim Daly
OTHERS: Jason Plourde, FX Bruton, Michael Ransmeier, Chris Tymula, Kyle Sipples, Tom Alt, Jenny Monahan, Chris Hodge, and Mary Doherty
Vice Chair MacNeil called the meeting to order at 6:30. Mary Menzies was designated a voting member for this meeting.
Review January 17, 2017 minutes
Milton Bratz made a motion to approve the minutes as written. Tony J. Ilacqua second the motion. The motion passed by all.
Varney-Smith Lumber Company, Inc./ Owner & Francis X. Bruton, Esq., Agent – PB17-01 – Request for a 3-lot subdivision of 831 Meadow Street, Tax Map 82-14, in the C-I zone. The hearing was noticed, abutters were notified, the application was signed, and fees were paid. The application was accepted as complete.
FX Bruton gave a brief description of the special exception approval they received last week from the ZBA. The special exception was for a Cumberland Farms gas station. Mike Ransmeier was present and representing the current property owner. The next step in the process is to obtain subdivision approval so that the store will be on its own lot. Other approvals will be obtained from DOT and DES, but they are not related to the subdivision request.
FX asked the Board to waive the 50-foot road width requirement for the roadway leading from the road to the rear parcel. Vice Chair MacNeil said it is a driveway or right-of-way to the back lot and is not subject to the 50-foot requirement. FX replied the definition of road is very broad and that he would like to err of the side of caution and have the waiver be part of the record. Vice Chair MacNeil stated the Board will be hearing the subdivision request and there is no need to discuss a ROW that would never be taken over by the Town for maintenance. Tony J. Ilacqua agreed that no waiver is required. The easement description and maintenance agreement should be a recorded document.
Chris Tymula, Civil Engineer with MHF Design, presented an aerial photo of the current lot and then another showing the proposed 3-lots. The Cumberland Farms lot will be 2.3 acres. The driveway locations will be determined by DOT. Two curb cuts will be requested. The lots meet the current Town regulations.
Tom Alt spoke on behalf of the Glenwood Cemetery Committee. The cemetery is currently accessed for maintenance along the side near the rear of the property. There are no longer any active burials at this cemetery, but access is needed. The Board took a brief recess so that the applicant and Tom could discuss the access situation.
Chris Tymula stated that they will work with the Cemetery Commission. The final plan will have the wording on it. Tom Alt stated he feels they can all work together. There currently is a fence that defines the property line of the cemetery.
Tony J. Ilacqua asked about traffic impacts. Jason Plourde replied the two driveways will make the traffic flow well. The driveway location allows for a signal light if future development requires it.
Kyle Sipples, from Littleton Chevy, commented in support of the project.
Chris Tymula discussed how storm water would be addressed. It will be captured onsite and the runoff will be per DES requirements.
Val Poulsen made a motion to approve Varney-Smith Lumber Company, Inc./ Owner & Francis X. Bruton, Esq., Agent – PB17-01 – Request for a 3-lot subdivision of 831 Meadow Street, Tax Map 82-14, in the C-I zone with the following conditions:
- The access easement is to be shown on the plan
- The easement description and maintenance is to be described in a document
- The applicant shall meet with a Selectboard member and the Cemetery Committee to develop a mutually agreed upon access to the cemetery with a gate and fence
- The applicant must comply with all Federal, State, and Local regulations
Mary Menzies second the motion. The motion passed by all.
The Board will not be meeting on March 7th. This is Town Meeting day. The next scheduled meeting will be on March 21st. The Board will discuss the suggested changes that Jim Daly made to the Overview chapter of the Master Plan. Milton will compile the results from the land use survey and submit it to the Board.
At 7:45, Tony J. Ilacqua made a motion to adjourn. Mary Menzies second the motion. The motion passed by all.