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November 8, 2013

10 years later, a decision arrives

Planning Board signs off on Bailey's Pond project


Among the larger conditions, the project must be compliant with all local, state and federal requirements and the developer must obtain all necessary permits, with the applications for an Earth-fill special permit and MassDOT curb-cut permit to be submitted within 90 days of approval.

No more than 34 buildings on the two development pods will be allowed on the site, with the northern pod consisting of no more than nine structures and the southern pod, no more than 25. Any changes to their location, size or design will require further review and approval by the board.

All infrastructure improvements to the property should be completed within three years.

A final parking layout must be submitted showing that cars can be driven in or out of a space without requiring any other parked vehicle to move. Currently, the plan calls for a number of two-car garages with additional spaces in front of the garage doors. Cars parked in these spots could conceivably keep cars from getting in or out of the garage.

All sidewalks and pedestrian walkways must be handicapped accessible, and a certain number of affordable units must be made available.

No applications for building permits for individual buildings can be made until all utilities, sewer pump stations and associated environmental mitigation, roadway infrastructure and stormwater management systems have been completed.

A project-phasing plan should be submitted to identify when the individual buildings will be constructed. The board will allow applications for building permits in four batches of no less than eight buildings at a time, with such structures being adjacent to each other on the site. At least 90 percent of the buildings in one batch must be under construction before the next batch can be released for construction.

Finally, the dwelling units and structures must meet a lengthy list of criteria outlined in the approval.

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