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Town of Hampden

Special Meeting of Planning Board

7:00PM at the Hampden Town Hall

Dec. 1, 2004

 Approved Dec. 15, 2004 



Members in Attendance: John D. Flynn, Chair, Melissa Reeves, Joseph Kruzel, Robert Majkut

Members Absent: Joseph “Charlie” Dolben

Meeting Opened 7:00

MINUTES -Minutes were approved for the Public Hearing for November 10 and the Regular Meeting Minutes for November 10 were approved.

PURD – Michael Cimmino, 111 Scantic Road came back before the Board to have an informal discussion on a possible PURD (Planned Unit Residential Development) on Stony Hill Road. Cimmino has acquired two properties, one at eighty seven (87) Stony Hill Road and the other is the old Camp Sun and Fun on Allen Street. Cimmino is looking at possibly acquiring another property on Stony Hill Road. Using the plan as it is now, there will be thirteen acres left as open space. This PURD would back up to the existing PURD on Stony Hill Road. John Flynn explained a PURD needs to go to Town Meeting for approval on the area not the PURD itself. After passing at Town Meeting it must then be brought back to the Planning Board for approval on the building of the PURD.

Cimmino would like to renovate the existing house at 87 Stony Hill Road but take down the accessory building. The road into the PURD would remain privately owned, not town owned. Cimmino would like to keep the road as shown on the drawings entering and exiting on Stony Hill Road. Cimmino walked the property with Gary Weiner, Ecotec Environmental, 180 Denslow Road, East Longmeadow, and Pete Leveque wetlands were not apparent when they walked through. There was however a depression in the land shown on the plan. An official determination will be done at a later time for wetlands.

If the third parcel is not bought Cimmino would build only on one side of the road. The development could have as many as thirty two (32) units but only thirty are shown on the drawing. This drawing however, is only a preliminary drawing. Flynn told Cimmino he must have forty (40) percent open space which includes recreational space also. The total developable area is 26.43 acres. Flynn asked Cimmino to have Weiner do the research and the wording to present the PURD at Town Meeting. Flynn requested Cimmino come back on January 12th with the wording for the Warrant for Town Meeting. Cimmino agreed.

SIGNAGE – Bill St. Clair, St. Clair Landscaping, 28 Commercial Drive came before the Board for advice on a letter to change commercial signage. St. Clair is trying to change the Zoning Bylaw to include ladder signs at the corner of Commercial Drive and East Longmeadow Road. The letter did not include size of signs. Flynn suggested the size should be the same as the small signs on the banner on top of the Hampden Mini Mall. Flynn asked St. Clair to come back on December 15 with wording for Town Meeting Warrant to include size. St. Clair agreed. 

RUSSELL MORTON – Russ Morton, 12 Genevieve Drive came before the Board informally to ask about changing a lot line on a piece of property on South Ridge Road. Flynn suggested Morton come in with a plan showing the entire property and applying for an ANR. Morton would like to come before the Board on December 15.

Morton expressed an interest in developing a PURD on Mountain Road. The Board explained to Morton he should come back with a preliminary drawing for the next meeting on December 15. Flynn recalled some problems last time Morton came before the Board for this PURD with the quality of Mountain Road and the intersection of a PURD. This may still be an issue. Flynn told Morton to come back on January 12 with the wording for the Warrant and the preliminary drawing. Flynn suggested Morton go to Weiner to come up with wording for the Town Meeting.

SHADOW WOOD – No update

SCANTIC MEADOWS – They are meeting with Conservation Commission Monday, December 6.

LANTERN LANE – Flynn signed the covenant and had it notarized and sent it back to David Shrair attorney for the Lantern Lane project. 


ASSOCIATE MEMBER – After some discussion the Board voted unanimously to recommend Anthony Bongiorni as the Associate Member. The Board will meet with the Selectmen on December 7, 2004 to vote on an Associate Member.  The Board would like thank you letters sent to all applicants.

STATE CAPITAL PLANNING WORK SHEET – Robert Majkut brought a work sheet from Jessica Allen of PVPC to complete. This sheet will be used to score towns. The higher the score the better the chances of receiving grant monies. The paperwork must be completed and signed by the Selectmen by the end of December. The Board discussed the questions and completed the form. Majkut will call Allen and double check the information then bring to the Selectmen and return to Allen.

PLANNING BOARD MEETING – The next Planning Board meeting will start at 6:45 instead of 7:00 because of the guest speakers attending.

STORMWATER – Joseph Kruzel asked the Board for there opinion. The Storm Water Committee must develop general bylaws for illicit discharge into storm drains. The bylaws can go one of two ways. The first option is the can cover just the area affected by Phase II or about 25% of the town. This would create an overlay district. The second option would be to apply the bylaws to the entire town. The Board will revisit this discussion at a future meeting.

TOWN MEETING – Flynn would like to make some changes to the FROSD. This topic will be revisited at a later meeting. The Board would like to make some changes to the PURD for next year. This also will be tabled for a later meeting.

Meeting Adjourned 8:30

Submitted by Jane M. Budynkiewicz, Clerk