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Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012 12:29 pm | Updated: 12:37 pm, Thu Sep 13, 2012.

WOBURN - Attaching some 29 conditions and modifications, the Planning Board at its recent meeting approved a 23-lot subdivision plan for part of the Spence Farm property.

The proposal was submitted by several family trusts along with Melanson Development.

Planning Board Director Edmund Tarallo, before issuing a favorable recommendation on the plans with the numerous conditions and modifications, noted all department heads in the city have met on several occasions with the developer to iron out the plans.

The proceedings, aside from Tarallo having to read each of the conditions and modifications, went quickly as the public hearing on the proposal was closed previously.

Several neighbors, however, were in attendance to hear the final vote.

Drainage has been a major concern for neighbors in the area with the Conservation Commission also reviewing the plans and issuing it own findings.

The matter was continued at numerous hearings over the course of the past several months as the city implemented the peer review process to assist in review of the application largely in regard to drainage.

Many of the conditions pertained to drainage and testing during construction and after.

There were also restrictions placed on several of the lots, prohibiting fencing, pools or additional grading without prior approval from city agencies.

Stream cleaning and drainage line testing also were a part of the conditional approval.

One topic of discussion was a requirement for quarterly inspections of the drainage system.

Both sides eventually agreed that this was something that should be done regularly during construction and for a few years after buildout, but then could be done annually.

Seeking updates on the status of the project once construction starts, Attorney Shaun Briere noted bi-weekly reports will have to be filed with the Conservation Commission which can also be forwarded to the Planning Board.

With the vote of the Planning Board Tuesday night, there is now a 21-day appeal period before the plans can be officially endorsed.

This particular Spence Farm parcel is off Wyman Street between Rose Farm Lane and Colonial Road, not far from the Burlington line.

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