Board Defers Decision On Subdivision Pending New Drainage Plans

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

A 14-lot subdivision is being proposed for a 7.1-acre parcel off Barn Hill Road that previously was home to a cottage colony. CHATHAM ASSESSORS MAP


CHATHAM – The planning board will see new drainage plans for the controversial Hunter's Rise subdivision off Barn Hill Road on Sept. 12.

Developer Eastward Companies is proposing a 14-lot subdivision for the seven-acre property, formerly the site of the Hunter's Pine Acres cottage colony. Ocean Port Lane neighbors to the south, which is down hill from the planned development, had expressed concern about erosion to their property due to runoff from the new lots.

Engineer David Clark told the planning board Aug. 22 that rain gardens proposed for lots along the Ocean Port Lane side of the development were being eliminated and replaced by a system of over-sized catch basins that would be built under the subdivision road, and would be design to accommodate a 100-year storm.

Ocean Port Lane resident Steve Curran requested that the board include a 40-foot no disturb buffer along the border between the new development and his neighborhood to prevent erosion of the hillside.

“Forty feet is going to take care of most of the area abutting the southern property line where erosion could occur,” he said.

Planning Board Chairman Peter Cocolis said the request would be passed on to the developer. The board voted to continue the definitive subdivision hearing to Sept. 12, when the new plans would be available.

Also at the Aug. 22 planning board meeting, a change of use was approved for 1223 Main St. Owner Ronald Rudnick said the retail space, previously a bridal shop, will be converted to a 12-seat bakery.

According to a letter from Health Agent Judy Giorgio, the 800-foot space will require additional sewer flow in order to accommodate the 12 seats. Rudnick said he would be applying for the flow, but his first step is getting approval for the change of use.

The board also issued final site plan approval for the Chatham Works fitness center-shared office space at 323 Orleans Rd., former site of Campari's Restaurant.

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