Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Live reporting - Cooks Farm

1. Resolution 13-50: Order of Layout, Acceptance, and Taking of Jade Street, Ruby Way, Garnet Drive, and Opal Circle and Related Parcels and Easements
motion to accept, seconded, passed 9-0

3. Resolution 13-52: Granting M.G.L. Chapter 268A § 20(a) Exemption
motion to accept, seconded, passed 9-0

Proposed Zoning Change

Councilor Bissanti recused himself

Attny Cornetta provides an overview
proposal for a family style residential development

Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND)
can serve as a village center commercial and residential mixed

Mashpee Commons an example, Pine Hills is another
retail and municipal in Mashpee Commons

Pine Hills municipal, retail and residential
residential on 2,000 acres

2,000 sq ft lots being proposed for Cooks Farm
condominium ownership
homeowners associations
restrictive covenants
driveways in back alley

developable area 8.07 of the 14.75 total area

ownership - privately owned and maintained
public access to the trails

2000 sq ft floor plans, customized
attached two car garage
anticipated pricing at $500,000+
35 units

45% in assessed value of 200-300,000 valuation in Franklin

catering to the empty nesters

17.5M added to tax base, approx 240,000 additional tax revenues

improved streetscape coming in from Wrentham

proposed rezoning as an overlay district, needing a special permit and site plan review

Larry Bennedetto, Citizens Committee
speaking for this proposal

Powderly - a wonderful project, new revenue, only concern is the financial piece of this
looking to see if this sustainable
need to look long term to make this work, there is a great possibility to make this work

project was not age restricted but designed for empty nesters
all housing stock generates different numbers, harder to get today due to privacy restrictions
I won't have to work too hard to sell these, they'll sell

Mercer - I think it is a wonderful project, this is a major piece of re-zoning, I want to make sure we do our homework. A suggestion was made to hold a workshop in July with the various departments involved to look at the re-zoning issues. I am in favor of holding this workshop. I think the workshop would be a great place to start.

Pfeffer - an old adage is 'location, location, location' of all things that could go there, this is likely one of the best things. How come it took so long to get to us is another matter.  We need to charge the Town Administrator and the Planning Dept, Planning Board to get this done fast.

Roy - this is before the "master plan' to see how we can incorporate it with our report due July 17th. We could do the workshop right after the presentation and likely have something back to the Council in August

Cerel - Medfield did nothing for the zoning for its TND, the developer cobbled together the lots to create the density to do the project without a zoning change.

Dellorco - I think this is a great place for this. I think we should move forward with this.

Jones - My mother lives in a type of this setup in Florida. It is nice. I like it. What type of revenue would this generate? What students would this generate? My concern is that this doesn't have a negative impact on the community. I think this is a good use for the parcel next to the Country Club.  

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