The Marion Conservation Commission on October 23 granted approval for an elevated single-family house with garage and an accompanying extension of a boulder embankment, but not after a continuation from the previous hearing that had neighbors voicing their concerns about stormwater management and over-eradication of vegetation bordering the beach and an adjacent path.
On behalf of Laura and Frank Utano, 68 West Avenue, David Davignon presented the commission with the updated plans as requested, with enhanced stormwater measures to ensure stormwater would be redirected to the center of the Utanos’ property and not neighboring yards.
Furthermore, the boundary of work for the vegetation removal would be clearly marked by siltation fencing.
The Utanos will be demolishing an existing cottage on the property that lies within the flood zone and the new single-family raised house will comply with FEMA flood regulations.
In other business, the Department of Environmental Protection approved the Notice of Intent filed by the Marion Conservation Commission to eradicate and manage invasive species at the stormwater management pond known as Sprague’s Cove. The DEP determined that the work would not adversely affect the resource area.
Last year, Town Meeting approved the $15,100 cost of the three-year project that entails brush clearing during the first year, cutting and mowing the second year, and planting and seeding in the spring of the third year.
The commission issued a Negative 2 determination for the Request for Determination of Applicability filed by Monica Gracia, 28 Parkway Lane, to install a natural gas pipe using an open trench method.
The public hearing for the NOI filed by Kathleen Welch, 82 West Avenue, was continued until November 13.
The next meeting of the Marion Conservation Commission is scheduled for November 13 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Town House.
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By Jean Perry