CARVER – The developer of the North Carver project proposing a warehouse and distribution center in the northwest corner of the city has cleared a hurdle, with the planning board recommending approval of eight proposed zoning changes that will be decided upon at the town meeting on Tuesday.
Lawyer John Smolak representing Hillwood said the project would face many hurdles both at the state and local levels and it’s up to them to convince Carver it’s a project worth pursuing. supported, beginning with the approval of zoning articles and eventually requiring special permits from the Planning Board.
“We’re going to have to demonstrate that the traffic is working, the infrastructure is working and everything else is working for this project, for the city and for the neighborhood,” he said.
Smolak said the Planning Council would hire its own independent peer review professionals to ensure the information provided to the council is accurate, including the latest traffic data and the warehouse market. He said Hillwood understands if there’s skepticism in town.
“We view this as a partnership with the city, and we have worked extensively with various city departments to enter into various agreements based on zoning changes, which would include a community benefits agreement with the city of approximately 6.7 millions of dollars. ,” he said.
Plymouth Regional Economic Development Foundation executive director Stephen Cole, a former Carver town planner, said the site will be developed in both directions based on current zoning, but the eight zoning changes aim to tweak, clean up and improve this which is already authorized. that the city can accommodate a state-of-the-art facility.
He said the North Carver project would put the property back on tax rolls and lead to job creation in addition to creating a dedicated clientele and source of revenue for the North Carver Water District. Although much is unknown, they will know more about the end user during the special permit process.
Of 18 of Plymouth County’s 27 communities listed in his presentation to the Planning Council, Cole said the Carver tax rate is the third highest in the county after Taunton and Brockton.
“These people know it, and the shock of the stickers didn’t drive them away,” he said.
Not all of the planning board’s votes on the eight zoning articles proposed by the Carver Redevelopment Authority were unanimous, and council members spent two nights last week asking questions and then voting to recommend the approval with the contribution of the municipal council.
Ultimately, the planning board will hold public hearings with Hillwood, but the town assembly will not vote to approve the project.
The Planning Board recommends favorable action on a change in building height requirements in the Green Business Park District from 40 feet to a maximum of 65 feet under Section 10 as amended by a 3-2 vote.
The Planning Board recommends favorable action defining the height of certain ancillary constructions, notably a water tower, in accordance with article 11 as modified by a vote of 5-0.
The Planning Board recommends positive action focused on the driveway design under Section 12 by a vote of 5-0.
The Planning Board recommends favorable action on the rezoning of the Commercial Highway into the Green Business Park District under Section 13 by a vote of 4-1.
The Planning Board recommends favorable action on the large-scale ground-mounted solar panel exemptions under Section 14 as amended by a 5-0 vote.
The Planning Board recommends favorable action on the performance of the site plan review and parking lot lighting standards under Section 15 as amended by a vote of 3-2.
The Planning Board recommends favorable action on signs permitted for the Green Business Park District under Section 16 by a vote of 5-0.
The Planning Board recommends favorable action on amending the Industrial Property Use Regulation Schedule to permit private sewage treatment facilities as an ancillary use under Section 17 as amended by a vote of 4-1.
Voters will decide whether the proposed changes are acceptable at the town hall beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, in the auditorium of Carver High School.
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