JUNE 19, 2019
Chairman Jeffery Grotsky called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. In attendance were Commission members David Bowering, Darrell Craig, Morgan Ellis and Paul Showalter, Jennifer Mulligan (Town Clerk) and guests.
MINUTES OF PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
Mr. Grotsky asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes of the Planning Commission meeting of May 15, 2019. Mr. Showalter moved to approve the minutes as presented, was seconded by Mr. Bowering and carried unanimously.
Mr. Grotsky stated that Mr. Fordi resigned from the Commission and said that he wanted to thank him for his work on the Commission. He said that Mr. Robert Busler will be joining the Commission in July.
PRELIMINARY SITE PLAN – KRM BOSS MANUFACTURING BUILDING – CHESTERTOWN BUSINESS CAMPUS
Mr. Kevin Shearon of DMS & Associates was present along with Kate Gray of KRM. Mr. Shearon stated that Dixon Valve BOSS Manufacturing was a subsidiary of KRM and was going to construct a new facility on site at the new business park.
Mr. Shearon showed the original Master Plan and described the phasing of the various, ongoing projects. This building will be located between the Distribution Center and the apartment buildings on lot 3. The lot is zoned LI-2 and is just over 10 acres. Access to parking is from Haacke Drive and Warner Drive. There will be a separate access for tractor trailers and loading docks located in the back.. The parking requirement for a building this size is 60 spaces but since there will be mainly shift work, KRM is proposing 150 parking spaces.
Mr. Shearon showed the grading and stormwater management plans, noting that the stormwater management area will be towards the back next to the State Mental Health Facility and will keep the same drainage pattern through the apartment complex, which was sized to accept the additional stormwater load. It will be detained through a swale to Scheeler drive until the apartments are constructed.
Mr. Shearon stated that there was a space for a 40 to 45,000 sq.ft. building addition if necessary in the future. Sewer and water laterals were installed when Haacke Street Extended was built so that they can connect directly into the sewer and water laterals. The landscaping plan was developed in keeping with the other lots in the business campus. There will be a variety of native landscaping around the parking lot and additional screening along the property line will be added as they build out. The Tree Committee is also commenting on the landscaping plans.
Mr. Shearon showed the preliminary sketches of the proposed single-story building. The building has pedestrian access in the front (Haacke Drive) and in the back by the parking areas. The finishes would be identical to the warehouse which has already been built on site. The back of the building with the loading docks was also shown. Ms. Gray stated that the north side of the building may show more brick when they come in for final approvals.
Mr. Shearon showed the lighting plan and said that it would be like the other buildings with the same poles as the lights approved in other locations. Pedestrian bollards will be installed along with wall-mounted lighting.
Mr. Showalter asked about the timing for the project. Mr. Shearon stated that he thought they would like to break ground by October if all approvals were in place. They were looking at a year for construction, possibly longer. Mr. Shearon stated that they may do some site work over the summer when they have an approved sediment and grading permit.
Mr. Craig asked if noise would come from the new manufacturing plant. Ms. Gray stated that there would not be any noise heard outside of the building aside from possible HVAC or other mechanicals that are located on the exterior of a commercial building. She said that currently the company works out of 800 High Street.
Mr. Craig asked if there was recharge in the stormwater. Mr. Shearon stated that there was a calculation for that, and they were considering permeable pavers on one side of the parking lot. He was looking to mimic a wetland in the stormwater management design, and they were in the process of updating the plans for approvals.
Mr. Busler asked if there were requirements for electric vehicle charging stations as part of the local law. There were no requirements for electric charging stations.
Mr. Craig moved to approve preliminary site plan as presented, was seconded by Mr. Showalter and carried unanimously.
There being no further business, Mr. Craig moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 p.m., was seconded by Mr. Showalter and carried unanimously.
Submitted by: Approved by:
Jennifer Mulligan Jeffrey Grotsky