DEP Upholds Aucoot Road Decision

            Mattapoisett Conservation Commission Chair Mike King announced on August 23 that the state Department of Environmental Protection has issued a superseding Order of Conditions for Notice of Intent applicant Robert Malm, affirming the commission’s decision to approve the project and issue it an Order of Conditions.

            Malm first came before the commission on April 12, seeking to build a single-family house within the 100-foot wetlands buffer zone upon 6.3 acres of land. The public hearing was met with opposition from abutters and Aucoot Road residents, which followed the application’s progress until the commission approved it on April 27.

            King said on August 23 that the commission’s decision was appealed, and the DEP reviewed the case.

            “So, good work, everybody. We did a good job on that; everything that we did with the applicant was affirmed by the DEP,” said King, who referred to this case as the one “where the entire neighborhood was like, ‘What do you mean, we don’t get to stop the project?’”

            Rounding out his remarks, Kind said, “We followed the interest of the [Wetlands Protection Act] the way that we were supposed to, and equal protection for everyone.”

            Also during the brief meeting, the commission continued the NOI public hearing for David Ricci’s proposal to build a 980 square-foot house on Cove Street. The commission is awaiting responses to its request for proposals to hire a conservation consultant in the absence of a proper conservation agent. King told Ricci’s representative, engineer Bob Field, that once the consultant is hired, Ricci’s would be the first to proceed under the supervision of the consultant.

            Field was agreeable to the continuation until September 13, as the DEP has yet to issue the project a filing number.

            In other matters, the commission issued approval in the form of a Negative 3 determination for a Request for Determination of Applicability filed by Robert and Vivian Youngberg, 131 Brand Island Road, to install a new dosing tank and leaching field for an existing house.

            At the applicants’ request, two Notices of Intent were continued until September 13: Alexander Baur, Nashawena Road; and Randall Lane Solar, LLC, 29 Randall Lane.

            A Request for a Certificate of Compliance filed by The Preserve at Bay Club was also continued until September 13.

            The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission will be held on Monday, September 13, at 7:00 pm in-person at the Mattapoisett Town Hall and remotely via Zoom.

Mattapoisett Conservation Commission

By Jean Perry

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