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Phasing, permit changes complicate Orchard Estates’ plan completion

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SHIRLEY — Further changes to phasing and permitting mean the Apple Orchard Estates site plan won’t be ready until the end of the year, said Bruce Ringwall, of GPR Engineering, representing developer GFI-Shirley.

Modifications are being made to the design of the development to resolve various drainage problems at the site, and will require a public hearing, he said.

One drainage problem Ringwall mentioned during the Nov. 15 Planning Board meeting was about abutter complaints of increased water flow at the site, which was previously discussed by the board.

In October, runoff had blown out a berm that had allowed sediment to enter a detention basin behind lots 10 and 11. The problem is being corrected, said Ringwall.

“The second we found it, we all worked on correcting it,” he said.

There will continue to be discharge from the aforementioned basin onto lot 11, he said, but it will be clean water without sediment.

GFI was also there seeking approval to put down the wearing coat on the road for the second entrance to the site. That will help deal with the water problems, said Ringwall.

As long the developer’s willing to pay for the repairs that are expected along the road, Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Joseph Lynch said it’s a good idea.

As long as the board and developer agree to an amount of bond money to cover those costs, Planner John Rounds asked, “Where’s the beef?”

If the developer thinks it will fix drainage issues, he said it should go ahead with it. — Richard Breyer