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TOWN OF WELLS, MAINE
TA F REVIEW COMMITTEE
Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 9:00 AM
Littlefield Meeting Room, Town Hall
208 Sanford Road, Wells
The meeting was called to order by Town Planner/Engineer Mike Livingston. Members present:
Fire Chief Dan Moore, Fire Dept. Captain Jim Moore, Highway Commissioner Terry Oliver,
Police Chief Jo-Ann Putnam, Code Enforcement Officer Jodine Adams, Planning Assistant
Shannon Belanger and Recording Secretary Cinndi Davidson.
MINUTES
August 27, 2013
MOTION
Motion by Ms. Adams, seconded by Mr. Oliver, to accept the minutes as written. PASSED 4-02. (Mr. Livingston, Chief Moore, Ms. Adams and Mr. Oliver were at the meeting.)
DEVELOPMENT REVIEW & WORKSHOP
I.
BREAD & ROSES BAKERY – Mary Breen, owner/applicant. Nico Evans,
agent. Site Plan Application for a new 30’ x 40’ Business Wholesale use building
and associated parking. The existing residential use to remain. The parcel is
located off of 614 Post Road and is within the General Business District. Tax
Map 114, Lot 7. Workshop completeness, compliance and Findings of Fact &
Decisions for possible approval
Mary Breen, applicant, Steve Kenniger of U.S. Site Solutions, and Nico Evans, designer, were
present. Mr. Kenniger has designed an infiltration bed at the end of the parking lot lined with
crushed stone to handle the runoff from the roof and parking lot and help with rodent control.
There is a 3 ½’ change in elevation from the front of the lot to the back and a swale is proposed.
Mr. Livingston found some scaling errors on the revised plan. Mr. Evans has moved the building
forward and away from the property line. Mr. Livingston said if it is 10’ from the setback the
Committee can waive the boundary survey. The front property line is shown at the edge of the
pavement, and the right-of-way line is 6-8’ off the edge of the pavement. The proposed dumpster
was also moved forward. The gravel drive will go right up to the overhead door.
Screening the abutter’s property was discussed. She and Ms. Breen prefer vegetation, and either
vegetation or fencing would satisfy the screening requirement. A solid row of evergreens was
considered. There is a pole next to the hydrant and the utilities will be underground. The
entrance road was changed from 18’ to 20’. The existing coverage is 18% and they will be
adding 15%, but it will be below the 65% maximum. The building will not have a sign.
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Downward shielded exterior flood lights will be on the building and the back of the existing
dwelling. The office will be used as an accessory to the bakery and doesn’t affect the parking
calculation. If Ms. Breen ever decided to rent it, a site plan amendment would be required.
Mr. Kenniger is planning a gravel base with loam and grass for the front area. PVC pipe would
keep people from parking there. Chief Moore suggested grass pavers for emergency access. Mr.
Evans will check the turning radius for the fire trucks. Chief Moore suggested moving the
propane tank to the south side of the building; the tank will be underground. That area could be
identified as the fire lane. Sewer and water for the new building will tie in to the existing lines.
MOTION
Motion by Chief Moore, seconded by Ms. Adams, to continue the workshop to September 24.
PASSED unanimously.
II.
MAMMA J’S TAKE OUT – MRJ, LLC, owner/applicant. Geoffrey Aleva,
agent. Site Plan Amendment Application to gravel or pave .07 acres of parking in
the rear of the existing Fast Food Restaurant property so that the Restaurant can
be operated year round. The property is located off of 1738 Post Road and is
within the General Business District. Tax Map 139, Lot 11C. Receive Site Plan
Amendment Application and workshop Articles V, VI, VII and draft
completeness, compliance and Findings of Fact & Decisions for possible
approval
Randy Jones, applicant, and Geoff Aleva, engineer, were present.
MOTION
Motion by Ms. Adams, seconded by Chief Putnam, to receive the site plan amendment
application. PASSED unanimously.
The former Yank’s Franks site on Route 1 has a new owner who would like to operate a yearround restaurant. The 7 existing grass parking spaces need to be converted to gravel/pavement.
There is also a potential parking area at the rear of the site. Civil Consultants has done a drainage
review and concluded that there will be no adverse impact on the runoff.
MOTION
Motion by Ms. Adams, seconded by Chief Putnam, to allow the applicant to build out only the
15 parking spaces shown on the plan and postpone building the overflow parking. PASSED
unanimously.
MOTION
Motion by Chief Moore, seconded by Ms. Adams, to waive the requirement for a new boundary
survey since there are no new structures or lot line changes. PASSED unanimously.
MOTION
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Motion by Chief Putnam, seconded by Mr. Oliver, to waive the requirement for contours.
PASSED unanimously.
The letters from the Water and Sewer Districts and the Fire Chief have been received.
MOTION
Motion by Mr. Oliver, seconded by Chief Putnam, to find the application complete. PASSED
unanimously.
MOTION
Motion by Chief Putnam, seconded by Mr. Oliver, to find the application compliant. PASSED
unanimously.
MOTION
Motion by Chief Moore, seconded by Mr. Oliver, to approve the Findings of Fact. PASSED
unanimously.
MOTION
Motion by Chief Moore, seconded by Mr. Oliver, to approve the Findings of Fact with a second
special condition of approval that the SRC must approve an amended site plan prior to
construction of the 7 unbuilt parking spaces, sign the plans and authorize the Chairman to sign
the Findings of Fact. PASSED unanimously.
III.
LITTLEFIELD SUBDIVISION – Sandra Nichols, owner; Seal Harbor, LLC,
applicant; Lew Chamberlain, Attar Engineering, agent. Subdivision PreApplication for a 9 lot, 11 dwelling unit residential cluster major subdivision
with a proposed right-of-way and open space on 5.33 acres of land. Property is
located off of 30 Littlefield Road and is within the General Business and
Residential A Districts. Tax Map 117, Lot 14. Comment on Pre-Application
for the Planning Board
This was withdrawn from today’s agenda as the applicant is revising the plan.
IV.
AUTO SPA CAR WASH – WP Wells Associates, c/o WP Realty Inc, owner;
Woods Family Inc, applicant; CLD Consulting Engineers, Inc. agent. Site Plan
Pre-Application for a 3,000 SF Business Service use for a car wash to be located
on a proposed .80 acre parcel of land to be divided off of the Wells Plaza 15.81
acre parcel. The property is located off of Route 1 and shall be located within the
General Business District. Part of Tax Map 121, Lot 24. Comment on PreApplication for the Planning Board
V.
WELLS PLAZA – WP Wells Associates, c/o WP Realty Inc, owner; Woods
Family Inc, applicant; CLD Consulting Engineers, Inc, agent. Site Plan PreApplication to amend the Wells Plaza site plan to divide off a .80 acre parcel
from the 15.81 acre parcel. No changes to use are proposed. Parking to be
reduced by 79 spaces. The parcel is located within the General Business and 250’
AND
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Shoreland Overlay Districts. Tax Map 121, Lot 24. Comment on PreApplication for the Planning Board
David Woods, applicant, and Ryan McCarthy with CLD Consulting Engineers were present.
The car wash will be on a separate lot with access through the Wells Plaza parking lot. With the
new parking standards, Wells Plaza is allowed 100 spaces less than there are now, and the car
wash will reduce the number of spaces by 80. The car wash is an automated system with 1 way
in and out. There will be some vacuum stalls and 2 employee parking spaces. Grading won’t
change much and the amount of impervious space is expected to decrease. Having more green
space will decrease the stormwater runoff. There will be an easement to use the entrance and
come through the rest of the parking lot to access the car wash. Mr. Livingston said this project
will not make the rest of Wells Plaza non-conforming. The applicant is proposing tree wells built
into the bank along Route 1 with river birches. Chief Putnam was concerned about ice and
Planning Board members commented on water dripping from trucks. Mr. Woods said the dryers
are angled to blow the water out of the truck bodies, and they will have radiant heat exit pads.
The building is automated and opens itself at 6:30 A.M. The vacuums are available 24 hours per
day and the noise level is 68dB. Chief Moore requested a Knox box. The building will have
Rinnai heaters; the propane tank should be shown on the plan. The dumpster will roll into an area
under the building. There are 5 gallon barrels at the vacuum stations and the bags are changed
every night.
Ms. Adams asked about signage. There will be signs on the access island and on the building.
She will check the calculations. The building will have radiant heat and the cupola will provide
ventilation. One of the trees at the entrance is in bad condition and will be removed to provide a
location for the pole. This application and the Wells Plaza site plan amendment can be reviewed
together and Mr. Livingston said the new boundary survey can wait until final approval.
Mr. Woods asked about operating hours and the noise level. He offered a site walk at his other
locations. It opens automatically at 6:30 and shuts down at 9:30. The employees arrive at 8:309:00 and leave around 4:30-5:00. Chief Putnam suggested opening at 7:00 A.M. The money
portal accepts credit cards, cash and RFID tags for monthly accounts. There is a change machine
for the vacuums. The portal has built-in cameras to provide face shots and license plate shots for
court.
The SRC comments will be referred to the Planning Board.
ADJOURN
MOTION
Motion by Chief Moore, seconded by Ms. Adams, to adjourn. PASSED unanimously.
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED & ACCEPTED BY:
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Michael G. Livingston, PE, Town Engineer/Planner
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