Cases Pushed Down Road

The October 18 meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board found the board handing out continuances, one extension, and a postponement.

            On the postponement front, a draft of a new solar bylaw that the board had been working diligently to have prepared in time for the mandatory two rounds of public meetings before heading to the Spring Town Meeting has been put on hold by the Select Board.

            The Select Board believes a new bylaw should be presented at the more all-encompassing Spring Town Meeting versus a Fall Town Meeting (scheduled for November 8). Fall town meetings are generally used to handle financial matters not anticipated after the Spring Town Meeting as well as other spending articles. Public hearings for the proposed new solar bylaws are tentatively scheduled for March 7 and 14, 2022.

            On the matter of an extension, the Park Lane subdivision project represented by Douglas Schneider of Schneider, Davignon, & Leone, Inc. was first continued until December 6. The continuance allows the engineer more time to work with the town regarding drainage designs primarily centered on a transition of the roadway from public to private. Then the entire matter was extended until December 20 to give the Planning Board time to act after hearing results on matters involving the public to private roadway.

            Beals and Thomas, the engineering firm representing Randall Lane Solar, LLC, submitted written requests for continuance of three matters before the board, an ANR for the creation of a four-lot subdivision, site plan review for the proposed solar array, and application for activity within a flood hazard. The review and public hearings were all continued to November 1.

            Also continued to November 1 was the site plan review for Eldridge Estates, a three-lot subdivision off Prospect Road.

            In the case of Snowfield Estates, represented by Attorney John Mathieu, a two-lot subdivision was conditionally approved for the release of a remaining lot in lieu of a $7,000 cash surety and repairs to a swale including plantings.

            The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board is scheduled for Monday, November 1, at 7:00 pm.

Mattapoisett Planning Board

By Marilou Newell

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