Acushnet Planning Board Discusses 39 Keen Road Subdivision Plans

The Acushnet Planning Board convened to discuss a significant subdivision proposal for a property on Keen Road, with key revisions to the initial plan, including stormwater management and lot configurations. The proposal, by AMN Estate Holdings LLC and engineered by Fing Corporation of Fair Haven, Massachusetts, outlined a six-lot subdivision with a single access street, adjustments to stormwater basins, and the addition of street trees. The plan also addressed concerns raised in previous meetings, such as intersection sight distance, lot six configuration, and stormwater basin maintenance. A point of discussion revolved around the sequence of construction, specifically the installation of the infiltration basin and road surface binder coat. The meeting concluded with a motion to continue the public hearing to May 2nd, 2024, awaiting review by the Conservation Commission on stormwater management before any approval can be considered.

At the meeting, John Maran from Fing Corporation presented the revised subdivision plan, which now proposes that all stormwater be directed to a single, larger surface basin at the rear of the property instead of two separate basins. The changes include eliminating a subsurface infiltration basin that would have required a waiver from the subdivision regulations. The updated plan now shows adequate stopping sight distance and intersection sight distance, with an addition of street trees on both sides of the proposed road for aesthetic and ecological benefits.

The public hearing revealed that the roadway is designed to act as a barrier to prevent water from Keen Road entering the new road and vice versa. The lots are planned to be serviced by individual on-site septic systems, with noted provision for roof water recharge and stormwater management for each lot. A notable change from the previous plan is the elimination of a triangular portion of lot six to ensure conformity with lot width requirements.

Questions were raised about the sequence in which the infiltration basin and road would be constructed, as well as the timing of applying the asphalt binder coat. The discussion clarified that the basin would likely be constructed first, with a temporary storage basin to prevent sediment from entering the main basin during road construction. The requirement for a Notice of Intent (NOI) permit from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for construction period sediment control was also mentioned.

Inquiries were made regarding the existing house on the property and potential future development. It was clarified that the existing house would remain on one of the new lots and could be retained or replaced by future owners.

Participants from the public expressed the importance of ensuring that stormwater management plans are reviewed and approved by the Conservation Commission, urging due diligence before any final approval is granted.

The meeting progressed with a request for a continuation of the public hearing, to allow time for the Conservation Commission to review the project. A motion was approved to continue the public hearing to May 2nd, 2024, to ensure that the stormwater authority agent has adequate time to assess the proposed plans.

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Town Administrator:
James Kelley
Planning Board Officials:
Steven Boucher, Richard A. Ellis, Bryan Deschamps, David M. Davignon, Mark Francois, Paul Sullivan (Administrative Assistant)

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