Kohl Conservation Commission and Planning Board Hearings Slated for December 11

The Conservation Commission and Planning Board have scheduled hearings for December 11 on Kohl Construction’s application for a Special Permit and Site Plan Review for its North Street woods condo project. Concerned citizens are urged to attend.

Northampton Conservation Commission
Date: Thursday December 11, 2008
Time: 5:30 PM
Place: City Hall Hearing Room (use back door or main Crafts Avenue door) 2nd floor, 210 Main Street, Northampton

For more information: Bruce W. Young, Land Use and Conservation Planner byoung@northamptonma.gov


5:30 PM
Notice of Intent filed by Andrea Desilets on behalf of National Grid for the demolition and removal of concrete pads, gravel and perimeter fence, and the restoration of the site. Work is proposed to take place in Riverfront Area, Bordering Land Subject to Flooding and the 100-foot buffer zone of Inland Bank. Project location is the Florence No. 2 Substation at the intersection of Nonotuck Street and Pine Street.

6:00 PM (emphasis added)
Notice of Intent filed by Tofino Associates, Inc. and Northern Avenue Homes, Inc. for the construction of twenty-five dwelling units and associated roadways, parking areas, driveways, sidewalks, utilities, landscaping and stormwater management system. Project is proposed to take place in the 100-foot buffer zone of Bordering Vegetated Wetlands. Project location is Northern Avenue, Map Id 25C-12 and 25C-17.

Other Business:
Discussion of Barrett Street Marsh

NORTHAMPTON PUBLIC MEETING/ Legal AD-Agenda FOR Thursday Dec 11, 2008

THE PLANNING BOARD meets at 7:00 P.M. in Council Chambers, Puchalski Municipal Building, 212 Main Street, Northampton, MA for public hearings:

7:00 P.M. Request by Office of Planning and Development/City of Northampton for a special permit for reduction in lot size for a single family house lot at Morningside Dr, Florence, MapID 12C-096

7:20 P.M. Request by Tofino Associates/Northern Ave. Homes for a special permit to construct a 25-unit Townhouse project with associated site plan including driveway access from North and Northern Ave at 8 View Ave, Northampton, Map ID 25C-12 & 17. (emphasis added)

Other Business:
Zoning Revisions Committee Application
Other (west st. design brainstorm?, etc)

See also:

Kohl Construction Applies for Special Permit and Site Plan Review
Kohl Construction, doing business as Tofino Associates and Northern
Avenue Homes, filed an application for Special Permit and Site Plan
Review with the Planning Board on November 13. You may download the
application (PDF, 15.3MB) and the full-scale architectural plans (PDF,
9.2MB) associated with it…

A lawsuit in Land Court over matters of title and rights-of-way is still active.

Gazette: “Disputes hamper city condo project” (11/22/08)

Kirby on the Loose: “Condo project off North St. files for permits”
The final plans show that backyards, patios and walls will come within
12 feet of the bordered vegetative wetland. This will be the first
so-called in-fill project to take advantage of the changes in our
zoning in many commercially-oriented zoning districts. Permitted now is
reducing the “no-encroachment zone” around wetlands from 35 feet to 10

Topographical Map Shows How Kohl Condo Proposal Will Eat Into a Rare Stand of Mature Trees in Downtown

Photo Essay: Our Woods in Fall

Flood and Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan: Floyd Flood Damage Reported
Behind View Avenue; Avoid Building on Filled Wetlands

Smart Growth vs. “Smart Growth”
Smart Growth is most palatable when it’s
implemented as a whole. When public and private actors are allowed to
cherry pick aspects that suit their convenience, the “Smart” can be

Condo Monotony: The Future of Ward 3?

Gazette guest column: “Don’t ease controls on wetlands” (10/25/07, emphasis added)