Franklin Planning Commission
May 21, 2019
Town Clerk Office
Members Present: Dan Larivee, Rolland Rainville, Clark Hubbard, Chairman, Sam Gervais.
Demag Sr., Mike Gervais, Mark Stanley, Sean Stanley
Meeting called to order at
Approval of Minutes: Dan made a motion to approve the April minutes,
seconded by Rolland. All approved the
New Business: Clark advised of the hearing request from Mark St. Pierre for a sketch plan
review & approval of a 4 lot subdivision on Colton Rd. Clark asked
for the interested parties to introduce themselves; Michael Gervais is the
surveyor and septic designer for this project.
It will be for three building lots and the remainder (4th
lot) will remain ag use. Mike advised
there is some wetland and they have applied for and gotten a State wetland
permit. They have received wastewater
permits as well. Lot
1 has a small area of the 50’ buffer impacts of the wetland; lot 2 has buffer
impacts as well as a small wetlands impact; lot 3 has wetlands impacts; these
two lots have driveways that run through the wetlands, there are required to
install three culverts under the driveways to connect the wetlands and has more
connectivity. Guy Demag asks if there
will be mound systems on these lots, Mike answered yes they are all
mounds. All of the edges of wetlands
will be marked with boulders and fencing as required per the State permits to
be clear that the houses are outside of the wetland. Driveways have to be installed within 5 years
or they have to renew the wetland permits.
All the lots meet the size requirements for frontage and acreage. Lot 1 is 2.59 acres; Lot 2 is 6.66 acres; Lot 3 is 2.4 acres, the remaining lands will be 31 acres.
Clark asks how they will get onto the
remaining acres, Mike advised on the upper end to the north of the property
there is a current farm entry and they have kept a 50 ft wide access to the
southern end of the property for logging or activities. Clarks asks
Mike to point out the proposed well sites.
All the house sites are set to where they are due to the wetlands
restrictions. Rolland asks if Mike has
the wetland permit, he only has the plan with him, not the permit. Rolland asked if they went through the Army
Corp; Mike advised did not have to because the impact is less than 3000 sq
asks for an explanation; Mike advised the driveways are less than 3000 sq ft of
impacts to the wetland. Guy Demag asked
if these are across the road from Mark Stanley’s sap shed; Mike advised they
are. Guy advised he owns 700 ft of road
frontage on Stanley Rd
at the edge of this land. Mike did not
survey lot 4 of 31 acres, there are no plans at this time to do anything with
this lot, there is a lot of wetlands on this lot. Discussed isolation zones of wells and
septics that infringe on nearby properties.
Mark Stanley advised he has an existing spring supplying water that is
used in the sap shed. Mike asked if he
had a state permit for this potable water source. Mike advised the isolation zones are to not
run into situations like this; when he and Mark met previously the spring was
mentioned but not taken into consideration.
Discussed where the sap shed is in proximity to the plans being
reviewed. The spring is 30-40 ft behind
the sap shed, the proposed septic is over 300 ft from the spring with tiles in
the ground. The wetland and wastewater
permits have been approved by the State; the Stanley spring does not have a permit. Clark states
that ag activities do not need a permit, so the spring may not need a permit as
do any other ag buildings. Mark Stanley
is not ok with the lower lot closest to his property due to the septic setbacks
in proximity to his spring used for food grade potable water. The town does not have a say in wastewater
any longer, but can police other concerns of the abutters and the board. The board wants to do a sight visit of the
property before the next meeting to view the boundaries and location of
driveways, septics, and houses. Mike
will also attend to do a visit with the board; they will meet on Saturday, May
25th at 8 am next to the Stanley
sap shed. All guests left the meeting
Old Business: None
Public Comments: No public comments.
Clark made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:49 pm,
seconded by Rolland. All members
approved the motion.
The next regular meeting of the Franklin Planning
Commission will be held on June 18, 2019 at the Franklin Town Clerk Office.
Lisa Larivee, Acting Secretary
May 24, 2019
Minutes are not final until approved by the Planning Commission
at the next regular meeting.