A Marshfield developer has filed plans to build a 32-unit, single-family development on Brick Kiln Road near Falmouth High School.
The Falmouth Zoning Board of Appeals began review of the plans on Thursday of last week, October 1.
Eight units are affordable under the plan, making it a 40B project that requires a comprehensive permit from the board.
The proposed Village at Brick Kiln is adjacent to the future site of a YMCA at 485 Brick Kiln Road.
Plans call for 20 two-bedroom homes and 12 three-bedrooms on a wooded, 6.74-acre lot. Each home would have a driveway and a small yard.
Michael Solimando of Marshfield is the developer. If approved, the profit margin will be 7.27 percent, or $972,475, according to the application form.
Mr. Solimando was the original developer of the Village at Old Main in North Falmouth. He transferred ownership to Northland Residential Corporation in 2017.
The 1,400-to-1,787-square-foot homes would be centered on two cul-de-sacs with space for children to play, the developer said. The project would connect to town water and have Title 5 septic systems.
The proposal was met with considerable scrutiny from the zoning board and from other Falmouth town entities, with many questions stemming from an incomplete application and confusion about whether the town’s engineering department received the correct plans and documents. Michael Borselli of Falmouth Engineering said comments from the engineering department were answered in the documents that were sent to the department. The attorney for the applicant, Paul C. Glynn, said he gave all the documents to board members, but it appeared at the meeting that some information was missing.
“It might be appropriate for Mr. Borselli to seek clarity with the town engineer and Mr. Glynn to clean up the application,” board member Scott Zylinksi said. “We need to get more information in front of us.”
Zoning board member Robert Dugan read comments submitted by former water superintendent Stephen D. Rafferty. He pointed out that the project’s density does not conform to the town’s watershed protection district zoning overlay, which was created to protect the quality of the drinking water sources from overdevelopment. The project is near Long Pond, which supplies 50 percent to 80 percent of Falmouth’s municipal water. The concern is the septic will create a loading point of nitrogen, phosphorus, cleaning products, pharmaceuticals and other household wastes that enter the groundwater via the septic system.
Mr. Borselli refuted the statements in the letter.
“The reality is the septic systems are a half-mile from the Long Pond water surface. We’re over 2,000 feet from the pond, so there are no Title 5 restrictions. We need some clarification on this,” he said.
He pointed to a recent workforce housing development on Gifford…