September 24, 2013 Planning Board Meeting

September 24, 2013 Planning Board Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:48 pm

PLANNING BOARD MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2013

A meeting of the Planning Board was held on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. Mr. Marks called the meeting to order at 7:03 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:

7:03 PM PUBLIC HEARING: DOUGLAS PLANNING BOARD, Proposed Zoning Amendment to Re-zone Land from Village Business (VB) to Village Residential (VR), West Street, Map 163, Parcel 53.
Mr. Marks opened the public hearing. Mr. Cundiff presented the memo from the Board of Selectmen (BOS), which stated that the BOS support the zoning change.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to close the public hearing. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to recommend to the Board of Selectmen to proceed with the zoning change, place an article on the Special Town Meeting Warrant and recommend that the Chairman or designee of the Planning Board present a favorable report to the Special Town Meeting relative to this zoning change. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

7:12 PM ANR PLAN: Suzanne Lussier, Maple Street (#2013-15).
Byron Andrews of Andrews Survey & Engineering, Inc. joined the meeting to present the plan. Parcels B & C will be combined. They are no longer combining Parcel A with Parcels B & C. A discussion was held.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to endorse the ANR Plan, Suzanne Lussier, Maple Street (#2013-15) as presented and to approve said parcel as a Lot Frontage Exemption Exception. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

DISCUSSION
1. Decision: Guaranteed Builders & Developers, Cardinal Drive. Ms. Sharkey recused herself. Atty. Jay Talerman joined the meeting and spoke about the statutory requirements. To deny the subdivision, the board would need to say what the applicant failed to do and then let them know what they would need to do to fix it. An extensive discussion was held. Edits were made. The board was in approval of the document as amended.

8:15 PM PUBLIC HEARING: UPTON SITE REMEDIATION, LLC (SPR 130819), Application for Site Plan Review, 466 Northeast Main Street, Map 140, Parcel 7
Ms. Sharkey rejoined the meeting. Mr. Marks opened the public hearing and presented the applicant’s request for a continuance.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to continue the public hearing, Upton Site Remediation, LLC (SPR 130819), Application for Site Plan Review, to October 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

8:20 PM PUBLIC HEARING: TIMOTHY & DIANE ROBAR (AA 130904), Application for an Accessory Apartment Special Permit, 91 Chestnut Street.
Mr. Marks opened the public hearing. The applicants are requesting a waiver from the 900 sq. ft. requirement in the bylaw, however they failed to include the peripheral areas. Adelle Reynolds, Building Commissioner, calculated the total square footage as 1,123 sq ft. Ms. Reynolds is also concerned that it would be costly to reconfigure to a single family use. She is further concerned that, due to the size and layout of the dwelling, it would more than likely have to be treated as a duplex for permit and construction purposes. A discussion was held. The Planning Board suggested the applicant ask the Building Commissioner for a permit for a single-family, four bedroom home or scale down the apartment to comply with the 900 sq. ft. rule. Mr. Cundiff will present the board’s opinion to Ms. Reynolds.
Mr. Paul Wood, 89 Chestnut Street stated that the accessory apartment would only be visible from his home. He feels the home is beautiful and spoke in support of the application.
Mr. Brown made a motion to continue the public hearing to October 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM. Mr. Chesebrough seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

DISCUSSION (cont.)
2. Proposed Douglas Sign Bylaw. Mr. Cundiff stated that the Sign Bylaw has been finalized. He is waiting for some edits from town counsel. Once he receives those, he will schedule a public hearing. Mr. Preston will present the bylaw at the fall Town Meeting. Mr. Chesebrough presented a few minor edits and typo corrections to Mr. Cundiff.

MINUTES: August 13, 2013 and September 10, 2013
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to approve the August 13, 2013 Planning Board meeting minutes as presented. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote-Unanimous.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to approve the September 10, 2013 Planning Board meeting minutes as amended. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote-Unanimous.

SIGN:
1. Guaranteed Builders & Developers, Cardinal Drive.

OPEN SESSION
Mr. Cundiff presented a standard letter that Maria Lajoie sends out a month before an Accessory Apartment is about to expire. Mr. Cundiff is looking for some direction from the board to strengthen the deadline for an Accessory Apartment extension. Mr. Cundiff will present his draft at the next meeting.
Mr. Brown noticed that the Timothy & Diane Robar Application is not complete. None of the three options was checked off on the back.

8:53 PM ADJOURNMENT
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:53 PM. Mr. Chesebrough seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
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