Hill and Plain School could get parking lot reconfiguration
The design was implemented to make parents' student pickup parents safer, separating where buses line up and where parents' vehicles enter and exit the site.
The driveway would be positioned along Old Town Park Road. Buses would line up on the interior area of the lot, while parents' vehicles would travel one way into a separated pick-up and drop-off lane and directly out onto Old Park Lane Road.
That lane would have six parking spaces. Student pickup would be moved to a side entrance of the building.
The new lot would have a rubber-based pavement, creating a purvious surface. It would add 36 parking spaces, with two handicapped spaces close to the building.
Mr. Clark's design includes three rain gardens, with wildflower plantings and shrubs. It would save two mature maples along Old Town Park Road and all but three pine trees on site.
Red oak, mountain laurel, Irish blueberry and Nine Bark shrubs already there would be maintained and enhanced, Mr. Clark explained.
Zoner Sharon Ward applauded the design.
"It looks like this would be much safer," she said.
The Zoning Commission has until Nov. 9 to render an approval. Input from the town engineer is pending.