Plan Commission gives a nod to Coldbrook Terrace

Plan Commission gives a nod to Coldbrook Terrace

SCITUATE – The Scituate Plan Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a master plan for a project that's drawn some opposition, Coldbrook Terrace, after its developers, Village at Chopmist, reduced the number of units.

Representing Village at Chopmist, attorney Joelle Rocha said developers reduced the number of overall units from 12 to 11 in the four-building project situated on a 21.6-acre parcel at 862-864 Danielson Pike. Three of the units will be low-to-moderate-income housing.

The changes were made after the Plan Commission requested them at a June 15 meeting.

Additional changes include moving back the two front condo units to meet front yard setback standards.

Driveways on the units were reduced to 20 feet to allow the two westernmost buildings to meet a side yard setback of 30 feet. The move creates two driveway spots, including one in the garage, for each unit, and an overflow lot of 11 spaces for guest parking.

The seven front units were changed from single-story to two-story units to make up for the additional space, Rocha said. Those include a building of three units and another with four living spaces.

The remaining two buildings will hold a pair of one-story units set on the western side of the lot.

“As you know, this is our fourth appearance before the board. We revised the plans to try to address what we can to make up the concerns from the last meeting,” Rocha said.

The spacing between units was increased from 20 feet to 30 feet to meet fire code regulations, but will still need to be reviewed.

Rocha said the site will need water testing for its wells, as well as wetland permits from the Department of Environmental Protection before moving forward.

Abutter Charles Allsworth expressed concerns about the density of the project. He said that the proposed 44 people living in the units will cause too much density for the area, and said the project does not conform to the wants and needs of the people of Scituate.

“You've got to think what the people want in this town. They do not want condominiums and that kind of density in the town of Scituate,” Allsworth said.

Plan Commission Chairman Jeffrey Hanson said the plan is being moved forward using the state’s comprehensive permit process, which allows developments offering low-to-moderate-income housing units to request waivers from town variances. Because Scituate is below the 10 percent LMI housing mandate, the town must hear the plans under that law. Waivers include allowing multi-family housing in residential zoning, which is generally prohibited, variances from lot width, and landscape buffering.

“All residents of Scituate are concerned about development,” Hanson said.

Hanson said that the master plan is the first of three phases for approval, and more technical information will be provided at the second phase.

Approval is contingent upon developers conducting well testing at the site and at abutters' wells, with requests for testing made by certified mail. The Plan Commission also requested the locations of LMI units, updates on waivers, and how the septic system will be managed.