October 16, 2012 Planning Board Meeting

October 16, 2012 Planning Board Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:20 pm

PLANNING BOARD MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2012

A meeting of the Planning Board was held on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. Mr. Marks called the meeting to order at 7:04 PM and announced that the meeting is being recorded and will be available on cable and on the website.

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

7:04 PM JOINT MEETING WITH THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Members of the Planning Board joined the Board of Selectmen meeting to fill a vacancy on the Planning Board. Ernie Marks called the Planning Board meeting to order at 7:04 PM. Mike Greco was the sole applicant. Mr. Marks and Mr. Derek Brown spoke in favor of appointing Mr. Greco to the vacancy on the Planning Board.
Mr. Davis made a motion to appoint Michael Greco to the Planning Board for a term until the next election. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, Keith Brown – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Jeffrey LaPorte – Aye. Ernie Marks – Aye, Derek Brown – Aye, Eben Chesebrough – Aye, Tracy Sharkey – Aye, Bob Werme – Aye, Mike Zwicker – Aye.

7:50 PM PUBLIC HEARING: DOUGLAS PLANNING BOARD: PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO ZONING BYLAW SECTION 9.2.1 – ESTABLISHMENT ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS MEMBERS FROM A 3 TO A 5-MEMBER BOARD.
Mr. Marks opened the public hearing. There was some discussion.
Some members of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) came forward. Mr. Lenny Demers, 114 Yew Street asked that himself and John Bombara, who are the two current associate members, be appointed as voting members. Mr. Brown replied that that appointment would be the responsibility of the Board of Selectmen. Mr. Chesebrough outlined the procedure.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to close the public hearing, Proposed Amendment to Zoning Bylaw Section 9.2.1-Establishment Zoning Board of Appeals members from a 3 to a 5-member board. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion for the Planning Board to support a positive report to the Special Town Meeting on November 13, 2013 to increase the Zoning Board of Appeals Membership from 3 to 5 members. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
The Board called a 5-minute recess.

8:02 PM PUBLIC HEARING: DOUGLAS PLANNING BOARD: PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO ZONING BYLAW, SECTION 3.2.2 – ACCESSORY USES IN ALL DISTRICTS TO ALLOW CERTAIN TYPES OF TRAILERS AND SECTION 10.0 – DEFINITION OF A TRAILER.
Mr. Marks opened the public hearing. Mr. Zwicker recused himself. Mr. Brown pointed out that Part A conflicts with zoning bylaw section “Unregistered Motor Vehicles” 6.2. A discussion was held. Mr. Marks feels the bylaw amendments are well written and should go to Town Meeting for the people to vote upon. Mr. Cundiff presented some comments from Adele Reynolds, Building Commissioner, relating to landscaping equipment, definition of “agricultural purposes”, minimum lot area requirements and screening. The discussion continued and amendments made.
Mr. Sean Holland, 10 Hilltop Drive, feels there is ambiguity as to what uses are permitted.
Ms. Pam Holmes, 108 Maple Street, feels the amendment obscures the original intent of the bylaw and read a prepared statement. She and her husband are in opposition to the proposal.
Mr. John Bombara, 37Gilboa Street, feels he has been singled out.
Ms. Shirley Mosczynski, 60 Oak Street, talked about her concerns regarding enforcement of the bylaw.
Mr. Lenny Demers, 114 Yew Street, supported restrictions due to property size, however he does not feel this proposal addresses the issue correctly.
Mr. Mike Zwicker, 46 Oak Street, commented on screening and what is considered “reasonable”.
Mr. Marks invited all the public to submit comments in writing to the Planning Board.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to continue the public hearing, Douglas Planning Board: Proposed Amendments to Zoning Bylaw, Section 3.2.2 – Accessory Uses in All Districts to Allow Certain Types of Trailers and Section 10.0-Definition of a Trailer to October 30, 2012 at 7:00 PM. Mr. Werme seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

9:20 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: FUNARI SITE DEVELOPMENT (File #: MOD 12.0906) APPLICATION FOR A MODIFICATION OF A DEFINITIVE SUBDIVISION PLAN, “WHITIN RESERVOIR ESTATES”, LOCATED OFF DOUGLAS HILL WAY
Mr. Zwicker rejoined the meeting. Mr. Marks reopened the public hearing and the continuance of the below public hearing. The two meetings ran in parallel. Mr. Steve O’Connell of Andrews Survey & Engineering, Inc. and Lori Funari of Funari Site Development joined the meeting.
Mr. O’Connell presented a full set of plans. He met with Mr. Cundiff today to go over drainage analysis. The lot configuration is the same. He confirmed that there would be no changes to the closed pipe system.
He formally submitted a traffic impact statement and requests for waivers. The first request was for a waiver that was on the original approval regarding submitting the mylar. The second waiver requested release of the lots prior to the paving of the sidewalks, as long as all other requirements have been met. A discussion regarding sidewalks followed. The third waiver no longer applied. The next waiver related to catch basins. A discussion followed regarding curbing. The next waiver related to sidewalks, asking for asphalt not cement, and the final waiver was for no streetlights. Mr. Cundiff recalled a town policy, which required streetlights at intersections and at the end of a cul-de-sac. Mr. Marks thought the policy was for streetlights at intersections. A discussion followed regarding planting of trees and signage on the street. Mr. Cundiff will prepare a letter that goes through the regulations and requirements and whether or not the applicant needs them.
Mr. O’Connell asked for some clarifications regarding status reports and as-built plans. Mr. Cundiff explained that the conditions were to provide a level of what was expected. The board continued to provide clarifications to Mr. O’Connell’s and Ms. Funari’s questions regarding the town’s requirements. Mr. Cundiff will review the requests and provide responses.
Regarding the deposit and cash contribution for the bonus lot, Ms. Funari asked if that total could be divided into equal installments, for instance if they could pay $5,000 for the first six lots before they got occupancy permits. Mr. Marks asked Ms. Funari for a written request.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to continue the Public Hearing: Funari Site Development, Application for a Modification of a Definitive Subdivision Plan, “Whitin Reservoir Estates” Located Off Douglas Hill Way to October 30, 2012, at 7:30 PM. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

9:20 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: FUNARI SITE DEVELOPMENT: (File #: FD 12.0403) APPLICATION FOR A FLEXIBLE DEVELOPMENT SPECIAL PERMIT “WHITIN RESERVOIR ESTATES”, LOCATED OFF DOUGLAS HILL WAY
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 October 30, 2012, at 7:30 PM. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

DISCUSSION
1. FY14 Comprehensive Preview Planning Board Budget: This spreadsheet was submitted and the board had reviewed it at the September 25, 2012 meeting.
2. Letters (2) from James Pyne, Pyne Sand & Stone dated 10/1/12 requesting the release of 53G Accounts for “Area D” and “Pyne-Vecchione, North Street”. Mr. Cundiff agrees with the release of these funds. The areas have been restored. Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to release the amounts in the 53G Accounts for “Area D” and “Pyne-Vecchione, North Street”. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
3. Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension: Joseph & Meghan Schlesman, 772 Northwest Main Street. Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to approve the Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension: Joseph & Meghan Schlesman, 772 Northwest Main Street. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
4. Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension: Christine Lavallee, 14 Arch Street. Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to approve the Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension: Christine Lavallee, 14 Arch Street. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
5. Meeting Minutes: 8/14, 8/21, 9/11, 9/25: See below.
6. CMRPC: Douglas Sign Bylaw Review & Recommendations. It was the consensus of the board to review the packet and discuss at a future meeting.
7. Flexible Development Bylaw. It was the consensus of the board to review the bylaw and discuss at a future meeting.

MINUTES: August 14, 2012, August 21, 2012, September 11, 2012, September 25, 2012.
Mr. Brown made a motion to approve the August 14, 2012 Planning Board meeting minutes as amended. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote-Unanimous.
Mr. Brown made a motion to approve the August 21, 2012 Planning Board meeting minutes as presented. Mr. Werme seconded the motion. Vote-Unanimous.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to approve the September 11, 2012 Planning Board meeting minutes as presented. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote-Aye 6, Mr. Brown abstained.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to approve the September, 2012 Planning Board meeting minutes as amended. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote-Aye 6, Mr. Brown abstained.

OPEN SESSION
Mr. Marks, in response to Mr. Chesebrough’s suggestion, recommended the board send a memo to the Highway Dept. and the Safety Committee about putting up signs at Conservation Drive and Douglas Hill Way, as was discussed at the September 11, 2012 Planning Board Meeting.
The Planning Board meetings for November 6 and November 13 will be cancelled and the next meetings will be October 30 and December 11, 2012.
Mr. Cundiff stated that he had received an email from John Furno regarding an ongoing icing issue on Brookside Drive. There is a balance of $1,832.42 in the bond account for the subdivision construction. Mr. Furno is looking for authorization from the board to install a catch basin and necessary piping at an estimate cost of $1,800. Mr. Chesebrough made a motion for the Highway Dept. to expend no more than $1,832.42 from the Brookside Drive bond account, provided that Town Counsel approves. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

SIGN
1. Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension: Joseph & Meghan Schlesman, 772 Northwest Main Street.
2. Accessory Apartment Special Permit Extension: Christine Lavallee, 14 Arch Street.
3. Vouchers (2): Pyne Sand & Stone, “Area D” and “Pyne-Vecchione, North Street”.

9:52 PM ADJOURNMENT
Mr. Werme made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:52 PM. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
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