Planning Board Rejects 5 Pine Street Property Proposal

The Bedford Planning Board decided that a small multi-family development proposed for 5 Pine St. at the corner of YD Road was not feasible at its meeting on April 26.

Landscape architect Brian DeVellis, who presented the plan in a preliminary discussion,  said he will continue to work with the property’s owners to create a plan that would better meet the town’s zoning requirements. The property consists of a single-family dwelling and free-standing garage. DeVellis proposed up to six dwelling units.

Since the property provides access to two commercial repair garages and Residence B zoning,  he said it could serve as a transitional zone between residential and commercial.

Board member Jacinda Barbehenn praised the plan, emphasizing the necessity for a transitional zone between commercial properties and residences. But her colleague Amy Lloyd cited concerns regarding the proximity to neighboring residences and the possible impact upon zoning on The Great Road.

The Board determined that the property was not a likely candidate to qualify as a 40B project, and concluded that the proposed plan would entail too many changes to current zoning.

The meeting also included a presentation by Bank of America on its application for an exterior lighting plan. The bank is at the western end of the Bedford Marketplace fronting The Great Road.

The Board is considering the application as an amendment to the previously approved site plan. If the application is approved, several lighting fixtures will be replaced and several more lighting fixtures will be added in the Bank of America’s parking lot.

The proposed lighting changes are part of the bank’s effort to foster customer safety, according to the application.  Bank of America highlighted the fact that the proposed plan would utilize a product that would illuminate the parking lot for customers without adding unwanted general illumination.

The Board plans to continue the discussion during its meeting on May 10.

The Board decided to continue to meet via Zoom until further notice.

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Chris Gittins
May 5, 2022 8:20 am

The headline of this article is deeply misleading. The Planning Board did not reject a proposal. There was no proposal for us to reject. Mr. DeVellis presented a concept for multi-family housing at 5 Pine Street. The Board listened to his presentation and observed that it would not be allowed by-right per Bedford’s zoning bylaws.

Ted T. Martin
May 6, 2022 2:59 pm
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