Town of Marion in Massachusetts

Town of Marion in Massachusetts

Ricky Pursle reports at Wicked Local Rochester reports that Marion Planning Board brought the nine-year-old Dunkin’ Donuts saga to a conclusion on Oct. 5 by amending both the special permit and site plan review approval that the board had issued earlier this year to change the permitted time for delivery of baked goods from 5 a.m. to as early as 4 a.m.   The action is expected to bring an end to the case before the board.

Construction of the chain coffee and donut shop on Wareham Street (Route 6) in Marion is well underway, and Fernando Sardinha, Trustee of the Sardinha Family Trust, owner of the business, told The Sentinel in an exclusive interview that he hopes to open for business by Thanksgiving. The Marion franchise will be the 21st Dunkin Donuts shop owned by the Sardinha Family Trust.

Jack O’Leary, the consulting engineer for the Sardinha Trust, said that the speedy construction was possible partly because the extensive site work did not involve the spot on the site where the restaurant will be located, so construction could begin prior to most of the site work. Leo Scarry, attorney for the trust, thanked the planning board for the approval, saying, “After nine years we have a happy conclusion. “The board’s approval was unanimous, with Planning Board member John Sweeney excusing himself from discussion and the vote because he is an abutter to the site. Planning Board Chairman Tom Magauran was absent.

Planning Board member Patricia McArdle presented the first report of the Master Plan Subcommittee. The subcommittee has carefully reviewed M.G.L. Chapter 41, Section D, regarding master plans, and provided a summary of all the required elements for the board’s review. The report reads as follows:

“The plan shall be a statement, through text, maps, illustrations or other forms of communication that is designed to provide a basis for decision-making regarding the long-term physical development of a municipality. The plan shall be made, and may be added to or changed from time to time, by a majority vote of the planning board. The plan shall be a public record. The master plan is a statement designed to provide a basis for decision-making the long-term physical development of the municipality, which includes, among other things, goals and policies of the planning board.”

According to the comprehensive plan, it shall include: “A goals and policies statement which identifies the goals and policies of the municipality for its future growth and development. Each community shall conduct an interactive public process, to determine community values, goals, and to identify patterns of development that are consistent with these goals; land use plan which identifies present land use and designates the proposed distribution, location and interrelationship of public and private land uses.

The Planning Board briefly discussed ways to move the process forward, with consensus that the use of the board’s annual allotment of 20 hours of consulting time with experts from the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) would be the best approach.

The board unanimously approved continuing the Burr Brothers project public hearing to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19.

Read more at: Wicked Local Rochester

Related reading at DDIFO.org: Long-debated Dunkin’ Donuts Going up in Marion