September 11, 2012 Planning Board Meeting

September 11, 2012 Planning Board Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:35 pm

PLANNING BOARD MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2012

A meeting of the Planning Board was held on Tuesday, September 11, 2012. Mr. Marks called the meeting to order at 7:07 PM and announced that the meeting is being recorded and will be available on cable and on the website.

ATTENDANCE
PRESENT: Ernest Marks (Chairman), Eben Chesebrough, Robert Werme, Jr., Michael Zwicker, Tracy Sharkey, Michael Greco (Associate Member), William Cundiff (Town Engineer), Stephen Zisk
ABSENT: Derek Brown, Mark Mungeam

7:00 PM DISCUSSION
1. Conservation Drive: The residents of Conservation Drive have petitioned the town to take over the subdivision in order to surface and maintain Conservation Drive as a town roadway. The residents would like the escrowed funds to be used to finish the road.
Lynn and Howard Wrzosek of 50 Conservation Drive would like a “Not a Through Street” sign in lieu of a “Dead End” sign. Ms. Wrzosek stated that there have been problems with inconsiderate drivers stunting in the dead end. Ms. Wrzosek would also like to see a speed bump on the street.
Samuel Podolsky of 46 Conservation Drive read the petition out loud and read a prepared statement.
Daniel Podolsky of 46 Conservations Drive stated that the problem goes back 12-13 years. He listed some of the dangerous situations that exist on the street. He is concerned that emergency vehicles would not be able to traverse the road.
Mr. Cundiff gave some background on the subdivision. He stated that adequate bond money was not established at the time. He presented a copy of the plan. In 2004, phase II went out to bid. The Conservation Commission granted the permit, but the landowner appealed it. The appeal was grouped in with a number of other ongoing court cases and it currently sits there. Work on phase II could proceed, but it would be at the town’s own risk.
Mr. Cundiff suggested not putting in the drainage, but taking out boulders and going through with an overlay. The overlay would be temporary. The Planning Board would need to put in a request to the Board of Selectmen by October 1, 2012 to get this item on the Annual Town Meeting. A discussion was held and options presented.
Mr. Cundiff suggested sending a letter to the Board of Selectmen letting them know the Board’s intentions to have this accepted as a public way for the May Town Meeting. Mr. Cundiff would then come back with several scenarios. Once it is decided what they will do, he will go to the Conservation Commission for a permit, which could still be appealed. A discussion was held.
The Board was in favor of moving forward.
2. Trailer Zoning Discussion: Mr. Zwicker recused himself. Nothing has been formally received from the Board of Selectmen. Mr. Cundiff recommends the Board finalize the proposal, send it to the Board of Selectmen for approval and then advertise a public hearing. Mr. Chesebrough drafted a third draft, which he presented to the Board. A discussion was held. The Board was in support of Draft 3, minus section “C”. The Board instructed Mr. Cundiff to send it to the Board of Selectmen.
3. Request to withdraw Accessory Apartment Special Permit: Susan Kinney, 38 Main Street. Mr. Zwicker rejoined the meeting. Ms. Sharkey made a motion to accept the withdrawal for an Accessory Apartment Special Permit: Susan Kinney, 38 Main Street. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
4. Resignation of Mark Mungeam. Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to accept the letter of resignation of Mark Mungeam from the Planning Board and to notify the Board of Selectmen and move forward with a new appointment. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Cundiff explained the procedure. He will send a letter to the Board of Selectmen tomorrow. The Planning Board will need to be present at the October 16, 2012 Board of Selectmen meeting at 7:00 PM for the appointment.
5. Memo from the Town Administrator: Zoning Amendment. The Planning Board was in favor of increasing the membership of the Zoning Board of Appeals from three to five members. The Board instructed Mr. Cundiff to move forward and advertise for a public hearing.

7:52 PM DISCUSSION: ACCESSORY APARTMENT SPECIAL PERMIT, RONALD FORGET, 503 NORTHWEST MAIN STREET
Mr. Forget joined the meeting. The accessory apartment is now empty, however he may want to use it himself in the future. He has no plans for the apartment to be occupied in the near future. A discussion was held.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to renew the existing permit for the Accessory Apartment, Ronald Forget, 503 Northwest Main Street. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

8:05 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: FUNARI SITE DEVELOPMENT: APPLICATION FOR A FLEXIBLE DEVELOPMENT SPECIAL PERMIT “WHITIN RESERVOIR ESTATES”, LOCATED OFF DOUGLAS HILL WAY
It was decided that Mr. Greco would be a voting member for this hearing. Mr. Marks reopened the public hearing. Mr. Steve O’Connell of Andrews Survey & Engineering and Lori Funari of Funari Site Development joined the meeting. Mr. O’Connell wanted to discuss the raw lot value. He presented information from the assessor. A discussion was held.
Mr. Zwicker feels that any money acquired should go towards improving the drainage issue. A discussion was held.
Mr. Robert Muniz, 243 Northwest Main Street, asked that the Board consider that the water is not being returned to the water table.
The Board decided that the raw lot value would be $20,000 (mean value – 10%).
A discussion was held as to how to appropriate the money.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to continue the Public Hearing: Funari Site Development, Application for a Flexible Development Special Permit, “Whitin Reservoir Estates” Located Off Douglas Hill Way to September 25, 2012, at 7:15 PM. Mr. Werme seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

MINUTES: August 14, 2012, August 21, 2012
Approval of the minutes was deferred to the next meeting.

OPEN SESSION
Mr. Chesebrough asked Mr. Cundiff about amending the flexible zone bylaw. Mr. Cundiff thinks that Town Counsel has drafted something.
The Board decided to cancel the October 9, 2012 meeting and instead to hold a joint meeting with the Board of Selectmen on October 16, 2012.

SIGN
Vouchers

9:20 PM ADJOURNMENT
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:20 PM. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
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