Town Crier

TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Plan­ning Board met for an in-person meeting on Dec. 13, 2021 in Tewksbury Town Hall. Mem­ber Vinny Fratalia was not present.

The board said goodbye to recording secretary Dawn Cathcart and Town Planner Anna McGinty and thanked them for their service.

The board voted to re­lease a bond at 1420 An­dover St.

The board approved an application withdrawal at 1058 Chandler St. without prejudice.

The board approved a family suite special permit at 2 John St., and continued a family suite special permit discussion at 103 Sarno Lane.

The board continued a discussion on a modification to site plan special permit/use special permit at 1768 and 1788 Main St. to Jan. 10.

The board returned to a discussion about a site plan special permit, special permit for the town center overlay district and groundwater protection district for Carolina Pro­perties at 30 East St., lo­cated behind the Mobil gas station near the corner of North Street.

The proposed “Briggs Place” will be a mixed-use development with three residential units and one commercial unit. Engin­eer Dennis Grieci describ­ed recent changes to clarify parking and change site lines, citing a goal to resolve engineering comments with the town engineer and get everything approved by the board at the Jan. 10 meeting.

Board members again raised concerns that the design does not include enough parking spaces, though the number of proposed spaces exceeds the minimum parking requirement. The board continued the issue to Jan. 10.

The board reviewed a land disturbance permit for New England Power Company off Power Com­pany Road. Alison Milli­man of BSC Group re­viewed a letter from Town Engineer Kevin Hardi­man, who recommended the issuance of the permit. She explained that the project will seek to maintain existing facilities for power, but damage to the structures necessitates im­provements using large cranes and trucks, which requires wider access and grading.

The board approved the permit.

The board reviewed a non-substantial change de­termination at 205 Wash­ington St. The board had previously approved a mo­dification to the special permit for a National Grid for a substation that has been in operation since the 1970s, allowing for updates to the layout of infrastructure on the parcel to better regulate the flow of power. An additional access road is needed to serve infrastructure needs.

Hardiman had no issues with the plan.

“Usually with Kevin Har­diman you don’t get a straightforward answer like we got here tonight, so I know he has no issues with this problem so I’m going along with it,” said board member Jay Dela­ney, laughing.

The board approved the request.

In new business, board members reiterated their thanks to McGinty and wished her well in the fu­ture.

The next meeting is sche­­­duled for Jan. 10, 2022. Re­sidents may find previously recorded meetings at youtube.com/Tewks­bury­TV. The meeting may be view­ed on Com­cast channel 99 and Veri­zon channel 33 or at­tend in person at town hall.

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