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July 24. 2014 10:32PM

New Boston mulch processing plant plans under review

NEW BOSTON — The planning board will hold a site walk to survey land slotted for a proposed new bark mulch processing facility on Parker Road.

Planning department assistant Shannon Silver said on Thursday that the board called for the site walk during its meeting on Tuesday night, after a submission of application and public hearing by applicant Ben Heselton of Heselton’s Outdoor Services, on behalf of owner Vincent Iacozzi, president of Londonderry-based Thibeault Sand & Gravel, LLC.

Heselton initially met with the board on April 8 for an informational session. A variance for the property — which is zoned residential-agricultural by the town — was granted on May 20. Documentation for the application indicates that the site plan should be considered a “Major Site Plan” because the use of the property as a processing plant is not permitted in that district.

In an email to civil engineer Jeff Burd, owner of Concord-based RJB Engineering, LLC, the firm chosen to build the proposed facility, Silver said that the site walk would be held to confirm center lines of proposed driveways on the 36-acre property, approximate lot corners, and wetland soil boundaries. Silver wrote that if any wetlands must be crossed in the walk, a dredge-and-fill permit from the state and conditional permits from the town must be obtained to do so.

The site walk was originally scheduled for Saturday, but Burd asked in a response email that the site walk be tabled until “a later date to be determined.”

“We need some additional time to work out the site related issues,” Burd wrote. “We do hope to come back to the August Planning Board meeting, but understand the board needs to walk the property before acting on the application.”

The site walk is still presently planned for Saturday. Silver said that further details would be available once the meeting’s minutes are released.

The application was accepted as complete by the board at the meeting. The board moved to adjourn the item until its meeting next month to allow for submission of information and further discussion.

The results of the site walk will be discussed at the board’s next meeting on Aug. 26.

cswanson@newstote.com


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