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TOWN OF HINGHAM
NOTICE OF DECISION
Site Plan Review
Applicants: Dan K. Gordon Associates
267 Washington Street, Suite 6
Wellesley, MA 02481
Premises: 5 Martin's Cove Lane
Hingham, MA 02043
Date: June 2, 2015
"Existing Conditions Plan" 5 Martins Cove lane Hingham, MA 02043
Prepared For: Dan K Gordon Associates in, Drawing EC dated 4.4.15, Sheet
1 of 1; Dan K Gordon Associates plans for the Farren Residence, 5
Martins Cove Lane, Hingham, MA, dated April 20, 2015, Sheets L-1.0, 1.1,
2.0 and 2.1; and, Storm water & Erosion Control Plan, 5 Martin's
Cove Ln., Hingham, MA, Prepared by Columbia Design Group, LLC, 14 Upham
Avenue, Boston, MA 02125, dated April 17, 2015, Sheet C-1.
Summary of Proceedings
In accordance with Section I-I and Section IV-B,6.b of the Zoning
By-Law, the Hingham Planning Board conducted Site Plan Review relative
to the application of Dan K. Gordon Associates due to the extent of the
site grading and drainage work proposed at property known as 5 Martins
Cove Lane. A partial waiver of the Site Plan submittal requirements is
requested to waive the requirement to submit a lighting plan, and on
site traffic circulation plan.
The Site Plan Review hearing on this matter was posted and duly
noticed to afford the neighbors an opportunity to comment on the
proposal and also be aware of the project. The hearing was held on June
1, 2015 by Planning Board members Sarah Corey, Chairman, Judith Sneath,
Gary Tondorf-Dick, and William Ramsey present. Dan Gordon and Peter
Stephens were present, as well as Tom and Christina Ferren of 5 Martins
Cove Lane. John Chessia, of Chessia Consulting, was present as the peer
review engineer for the Board.
The Applicant requested Site Plan approval for the overall grading and
drainage work, with a request for the Board to waive the requirement to
submit a lighting plan, and on site traffic circulation plan.
The project includes widening of the driveway, re-grading to make a
better are in the back yard for the skating rink, some ledge removal,
moving the toe of the slope back towards the property line, and bringing
in stone and sand to improve the drainage in the yard, There will be
no blasting and the exact scope of the ledge removal will be more clear
once the site work begins. It is estimated that approximately 975 c.y.
of material will leave the site and approximately 125 c.y of material
will be imported. The excavation will result in approximately 49 trucks
over a week's time. The loam will be screened and remain on site.
Crushed ledge will leave the site. There will be a gravel trench to
collect drainage in the back yard and allow it to infiltrate slowly as
it flows towards the front of the yard. Any flow that discharges from
the trench will be neglible in quantity and would flow over the lawn
towards the street. There will be a tracking pad/construction entrance
that will be restored upon completion of the project, and silt fence is
provided. Mr. Chessia reported that there is no new impervious, the
driveway expansion is a improvement for infiltration. The grades are
being modified in back yard but no increase in time of concentration.
The yard is shaped like a bowl so the drainage and any dust will likely
most impact these owners more than the neighbors. There is no
requirement for infiltration but the project will enhance infiltration.
There is no requirement to handle TSS. The proposed new slope and
planting plan will be nicer than the existing growth which is mostly
invasive weedy growth. Dust control will be done as needed. The Board
asked about lighting and the applicant stated there are lights on the
back of the house, and any other lighting would be minimal. The
applicant will be applying for an earth excavation permit for this
project, but Mr. Chessia explained to the Board that this plan as
designed and presented covers that project.
The Board found it was appropriate and reasonable to waive the
requirement to submit a lighting plan, and on site traffic circulation
The Planning Board made the following findings under the Site Plan Review criteria:
a. protection of abutting properties against detrimental uses by
provision for surface water drainage, fire hydrant locations, sound and
site buffers, and preservation of views, light and air, and protection
of abutting properties from negative impacts from artificial outdoor
The Board found that the drainage as designed and the driveway
expansion would improve infiltration on the site. The lighting was low
and rink is at a lower elevation than the neighboring properties.
Additional landscaping will be added as part of the project in the back
yard and one tree is being removed.
b. convenience and safety of vehicular and pedestrian movement within
the site and on adjacent streets; the location of driveway openings in
relation to traffic or to adjacent streets, taking account of grades,
sight distances and distances between such driveway entrances, exits and
the nearest existing street or highway intersections; sufficiency of
access for service, utility and emergency vehicles;
The Board found that this is not applicable.
c. adequacy of the arrangement of parking, loading spaces and
traffic patterns in relation to the proposed uses of the premises;
compliance with the off-street parking requirements of this By-Law;
The Board found the expanded driveway was an improvement due to the
proposed construction of stone and shell which will promote infiltration
and drain better than the existing conditions.
d. adequacy of open space and setbacks, including adequacy of landscaping of such areas;
The Board found that the proposed project was an improvement in the
landscaping by virtue of adding more trees to an already partially
wooded area, and only removing one tree. The invasive vegetation would
be removed and replaced by lawn.
e. adequacy of the methods of disposal of refuse and other wastes resulting from the uses permitted on the site;
f. prevention or mitigation of adverse impacts on the Town's
resources, including, without limitation, water supply, wastewater
facilities, energy and public works and public safety resources;
g. assurance of positive stormwater drainage and snow-melt run-off
from buildings, driveways and from all parking and loading areas on the
site, and prevention of erosion, sedimentation and stormwater pollution
and management problems through site design and erosion controls in
accordance with the most current versions of the Massachusetts
Department of Environmental Protection's Stormwater Management Policy
and Standards, and Massachusetts Erosion and Sediment Control
The Board found that the project would improve the drainage of the
yard overall but not increase the time of concentration or volume of
flow. The infiltration would be improved overall as a result of the
work so there was a net benefit. The project as designed meets these
MDEP standards and an erosion control plan was submitted and reviewed.
Dust control will be done as needed.
h. protection of natural and historic features including minimizing:
the volume of cut and fill, the number of removed trees of 6 inches
caliper or larger, the removal of stone walls, and the obstruction of
scenic views from publicly accessible locations: and
The Board found that the project was adding trees, only removing one
tree that is in poor condition, moving the hill back but retaining the
loam on the site and would not impact the views.
i. minimizing unreasonable departure from the character and scale of
buildings in the vicinity or as previously existing on or approved for
The Board found that this is not applicable
Vote and Conditions
It was moved, seconded, and SO VOTED to waive the requirement to
submit a lighting plan, and on site traffic circulation plan. It was
then moved, seconded and SO VOTED to approve the site plan as shown on
the plans titled "Existing Conditions Plan" 5 Martins Cove lane Hingham,
MA 02043 Prepared For: Dan K Gordon Associates in, Drawing EC dated
4.4.15, Sheet 1 of 1; Dan K Gordon Associates plans for the Farren
Residence, 5 Martins Cove Lane, Hingham, MA, dated April 20, 2015,
Sheets L-1.0, 1.1, 2.0 and 2.1; and, Storm water & Erosion Control
Plan, 5 Martin's Cove Ln., Hingham, MA, Prepared by Columbia Design
Group, LLC, 14 Upham Avenue, Boston, MA 02125, dated April 17, 2015,
Sarah H. Corey, Chairman
Hingham Planning Board
EXECUTED this _____ day of June, 2015
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Plymouth, ss June __, 2015
Then personally appeared Sarah H. Corey, Chairman of the Hingham
Planning Board, and acknowledged the foregoing to be the free act and
deed of said Board.