The Town of Marlborough Planning Board flew through a short agenda Monday April 5, though no approvals were prescribed — none of the applications were fully completed as they were presented on the board floor.
“I could go to bed early,” joked Chairperson Chris Brand as he adjourned the 30 minute meeting. “That was a quick one tonight.”
The meeting opened with a public hearing for a two lot subdivision at 565 Lattintown Road, but no community members offered comments. The property owners applied to create a new lot for a single family dwelling at the address, where the existing structure, which is a two-family dwelling, would remain on the parent parcel. The initial lot would be about 2.4-acres, while the new lot would be 1.5-acres.
Because town attorney Pat Hine’s comments on the project had not been corrected since the prior meeting, the board did not approve the application. There were multiple outstanding issues, including labeling the structures adequately on application documents, attaining Health Department approval for the septic system and for soil testing to be completed. The public hearing was closed, and the applicant ordered to return with the issues corrected.
Secondly, the Planning Board decided to draw up a resolution for the Marlboro Flats subdivision application, which would create three lots at 8-10 Watson Ave. in Milton, in preparation for a potential approval.
Applicant representative Tracey Feeney explained that two new two-family homes would be built on two of the three lots. Since the last meeting, two of the structures were pulled closer to the road and the buildings were rotated 90 degrees in order to accommodate concerns raised by the board. Despite some hefty changes to the maps, Hines suggested the approval be conditional on his suggestions, which included paving the shoulder of the road, which provides parking for the existing structure, and to properly identify the structures on the documents.
“One of the things that I was a little concerned about — not so much because there’s a lot of traffic — but when you come out of the parking lot for the house that’s closest to the road … in order to see someone else coming out on the other driveway, the driver who’s on the left hand side has to look over his right shoulder at a very extreme angle. I was wondering if they might consider squaring that off so that he’s only looking at a right angle. It might actually save them some driveway width,” suggested board member James Garofalo, though Hines did not agree that the traffic was heavy enough to warrant the modification.
Finally, 95 Millhouse Road property owner Michael Dziegelewski presented his application for a portion of his home to be approved as an Airbnb. Like the two applications that came before it, Dziegelewski was missing two many pieces of information from his application.
Most pressing was the failure to include a layout of the property. Because Dziegelewski was applying for an owner occupied short term rental authorization, he required the layout to confirm he would occupy more than 50 percent of the property.
“It’s a unique structure. We’re in the middle part and there’s a side — more or less — ranch style extension off to the right. On the other side of the building there’s half underground, finished basement type with two bedrooms and a kitchen,” said Dziegelewski, who hoped to rent out each section as separate entities: one as a two-bedroom and the other as a one-bedroom.
Dziegelewski was missing other important pieces of information, such as the inclusion of five marked parking spaces for property owners and guests, per Town Code. Like the two others before him, Dziegelewski was ordered to return to the next meeting with a completed application.