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TOWN OF HINGHAM
NOTICE OF DECISION
Site Plan Review in Association with a Building Permit
for the Whitney Wharf Bridge
IN THE MATTER OF:
Applicant: Town of Hingham
210 Central Street
Hingham, MA 02043
Premises: Whitney Wharf: 4 Summer Street/3 Otis Street
Hingham, MA 02043
Date: February 4, 2015
Plan Reference: Entitled "WHITNEY WHARF IN HINGHAM, MASSSACHUSETTS
(Plymouth County), Permit Plans prepared for: Notice of Intent -
October 17, 2014, Prepared by Beals and Thomas, Inc., Reservoir
Corporate Center, 144 Turnpike Road, Southborough, Massachusetts 01772,
consisting of three sheets.
Summary of Proceedings
At the regular meeting of the Planning Board on January 5, 2015 Mr.
Eric Las, of Beals & Thomas presented the Whitney Wharf Bridge
project, and, reviewed the material that was submitted for review for
the Site Plan in association with Building Permit. The submittal
included plans dated October 17, 2014 as listed above, and a bound
submittal packet dated December 22, 2014. He said the Conservation
Commission had already reviewed the project and had granted an Order of
Conditions. Paul Losordo of the HDC and John Thomas, formerly of the
HDC were present and spoke in favor of the project. Mr. Las said there
was a public easement to 3 Otis Street to allow public access over the
bridge. The Board asked questions regarding the railings and
considerations for safety. The Board discussed lighting, and the
structural stability and physical dimensions of the bridge. The Board
felt the project was a positive addition to the waterfront area.
Project Description and Findings
the Board reviewed the Site Plan criteria as follows:
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 the project would have a positive impact on the
community, and would provide improved safety for pedestrians in the
area. The Board noted that easements had been secured.
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 the project would be improving the current
situation by providing a new pedestrian connection away from the
roadway, and mitigating a safety hazard.
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 there would be no change.
d. adequacy of open space and setbacks, including adequacy of landscaping of such areas;
e. adequacy of the methods of disposal of refuse and other wastes resulting from the uses permitted on the site
The Board found that this is not applicable to the project.
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 noted that the area is impervious now and will remain that
way. There would be no ground disturbance with this project and so
change in drainage.
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;
i. minimizing unreasonable departure from the character and scale of
buildings in the vicinity or as previously existing on or approved for
The Board then moved, seconded and so VOTED to approve the site plan
depicted in the application package titled WHITNEY WHARF PEDESTRIAN
BRIDGE; SITE PLAN REVIEW WITH BUILDING PERMIT, 4 SUMMER ST/3 OTIS
STREET, dated December 22, 2014, as proposed.