Recently, a story I posted included information that the Conservation Commission denied Park Central’s application. Apparently, that was premature. But it became fact last Thursday.
At a recent Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, the developer said that he and the commission had reached an impasse and they denied his application. In fact, ConCom had closed the public hearing on Park Central but not yet made an official decision. Last Thursday, ConCom publicly deliberated and voted to deny the Order of Conditions.
The 5-0 decision was posted to the Town website yesterday. The letter included the following explanation:
The SCC unanimously agreed that the Applicant failed to meet numerous Performance Standards under the Wetlands Protection Act (WPA), and the Stormwater Management Standards under MassDEP. The SCC believes that the project as currently designed would not adequately protect the environment and the Interests of the WPA, does not meet the WPA Performance Standards, is not in compliance with the current MassDEP Stormwater Standards, and therefore cannot be approved in its present form. . .
The Applicant has proposed the use of confirmed wetland resource areas as stormwater detention basins; the impoundment of stormwater through a system designed to 1983 standards which does not meet the current 1996 Stormwater Standards or WPA regulations; and has shown a lack of understanding in how the WPA Regulations are written.
Developer Bill Depietri and his attorney told ZBA members that they disagreed with the commission’s assessment. They planned to appeal the decision to MassDEP (Department of Environmental Protection).
Based on the ZBA’s reversal of a Planning Board Site Plan denial last fall, the developer is expected to wait until that appeal is final before bringing the Site Plan (or a revised version) back to the Planning Board.
*According to the Conservation Commissioner, two of the commission’s seven members were not eligible to vote and were not present for the vote; one member was recused and one was appointed to the Commission after the hearings had already begun and had missed too many of them.