The Planning Commission in Charlestown will hear two important proposals at tonight’s meeting:
On May 22 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, the Planning Commission will hold a pre-application discussion of an application submitted by Quonnie Partners, LLC (Stephen Peet).
The application includes building plans and a site concept for a new barn with an attached farm store and kitchen, a public well, permanent greenhouses, a parking lot, and a path across a 3-acre inland wetland.
The parcel—located at the corner of West Beach Road and Rt. 1—is in a residential (R-3A) zone and is within the Groundwater Protection District.
The applicant plans to ask the Planning Commission to combine Preliminary review and Master Plan review going forward, a request that may be the subject of a vote of the Planning Commission.
Also on May 22 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, the Charlestown Planning Commission will continue the public hearing on the proposal to build a self-storage facility alongside Rt. 1 (between the Hitching Post and Willows Annex). The applicant’s attorney has consented that the June 26 meeting will be the date for the Planning Commission’s decision on its Master Plan.
In addition to a continued presentation from the applicant, an abutter to the proposal has hired experts who will make their presentations at the May 22 meeting.
The proposal is to build a self-storage facility in this location. The applicant has stated that it plans to truck in structural fill to raise the level of the 2.7-acre area above the flood zone—by 1 foot at the edge of the property along the edge along Old Post Road to 6 feet towards the back of the lot. The property is located in a C3 zone and within the Ground Water Protection District. The designs have changed to incorporate more undesturbed area and the number of buildings has been reduced to two.
Because the project is a major land development project, the site plan and other aspects of the project will need the approval of the Planning Commission.
You can learn more about both the Quonnie Farms and Storage Place proposals, including application materials, maps, etc., as well as information about other matters on the May 22 Planning Commission at the town’s website.
Bonnie Van Slyke
The writer is a member of the Charlestown Town Council.