Industrial site will leave green space

DCG Development Co. returned to the planning board last week following a public hearing held on April 25. The proposed plan is for 142,000 square feet of light industrial flex space on a 36.38 acre parcel in a light industrial zone. The parcel is located on the east side of Wood Road approximately 500 feet north of its intersection with Route 9.

The proposed site plan has been scaled down, resulting in approximately 78 percent of the remaining land being open space. There will be no disturbance of the designated wetlands. Site design provides for a single access from Wood Road and 246 parking spaces.

One of the outstanding issues that was addressed by the allocation of open space is to mitigate the cumulative effects of development within the Wood Road corridor on the Karner blue butterfly and its habitat.

I think it is rare that a developer is willing to allocate so much open space and be willing to maintain it, said board member Scott Hughes. "It is admirable that you have expanded the amount of open space on the property to give the existing habitat a chance."

The developer will also erect a plaque on the site's property recognizing the Earle Family, who owned and lived on the site in the mid-1850s.

The board granted prelim-inary site plan approval. Final site plan approval will be conditioned upon State Historical Preservation Office (SHPO) findings and addressing remaining outstanding staff issues.

The Assembly of God Church is a proposed 3,265 square-foot church to be located at 635 Englemore Road. Gavin Vuillaume, consultant for the applicant, reported that there has been very little change to the site design since the application was presented to the board in June. The board at that time requested the applicant address finalizing a plan for future expansion of a proposed septic system and a storm water management plan. The septic field is designed with a 50 percent future expansion area.

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