TOWNSEND --The Townsend Planning Board had a preliminary review to provide guidance to the owner of a new bus company located at 366 and 368 Main St.
"We are under no obligation to do this but we did this as courtesy and guidance for when they come back with the finalized plans," said Chairman Jeffrey R. Peduzzi.
There is an exisiting bus-storage company at the current location. A liquor store used to stand beside it but has been torn down after being inactive for many years.
The land now belongs to Bart King who wants to tear down the old bus company and build a new one that will fit some additional buses. He also wants to build a separate building for office space to rent out.
A small garage will also be built to cater to any cosmetic repairs the buses might need but larger repairs would be done off site.
The construction plan is still in the draft stage. The board suggested several changes in order to bring the plans up to code.
Peduzzi suggested King and the engineer of the project speak with Zoning Enforcement Officer Richard Hanks to determine if the project is in compliance with all the town zoning bylaws.
The chairman said he expects the zoning board will need a water-treatment structure like a detention basin for the increased number of buses and the possibility of oil spills.
"We're trying to protect the water in town," he said. "Townsend water comes from well water and a big oil spill could really do damage.
Peduzzi said King had to be sure that the construction also complies with the Stormwater Bylaw that states that any development disturbing less than one acre of land is required to obtain a Stormwater Management Permit from the Stormwater Authority.
"I think we're on the right path though," he said.
King has to return with the amended construction plans at a future meeting.
The next Planning Board meeting is on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.
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