10/23/2007 - Meeting Minutes

10/23/2007 - Meeting Minutes

Postby Maria Lajoie » Tue Jan 22, 2008 10:42 am

A Meeting of the Planning Board was held on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at the Douglas High School Auditorium. The meeting was called to order at 6:25 PM.

ATTENDANCE
Richard Vanden Berg (Chairman), Mark Mungeam, Linda, Brown, Roy Swenson, Ernest Marks (Vice Chairman), Eben Chesebrough, David St. George, Stephen Zisk (Planning/Conservation Agent), William Cundiff (Town Engineer), Lisa Lannon (Recording Secretary). Also present: Adelle Reynolds (Building Commissioner), Catherine Welch (43D Coordinator).

6:25 PM PUBLIC HEARING: AQUIFER PROTECTION MAP
A public hearing was opened for the purpose of amending the Zoning Bylaw Map having to do with the water resource protection overly district. Mr. Cundiff noted the Planning Board put this item forth with the purpose of digitizing the existing paper aquifer map referenced in the Zoning Bylaws that was generated in 1984. He indicated the goal is to take the difficult to read paper map and digitize it. There are three options for review.
The first option is an exact duplicate of the paper map. This, however, only shows two of the three existing wells since the third one (Glen Street) did not exist when the paper map was prepared.
The second option adds this third well on Glen Street with the corresponding Zone I circled.
The third option is more involved. It shows everything the second option shows and adds State information for Zone II, the areas that contribute water flow to the existing wells. It does not change anything as outlined by the Bylaws.
Much discussion ensued.
Motion made by Mr. St. George to close the Public Hearing regarding the Digitization of the existing paper map. Seconded by Mr. Swenson. Voted unanimously.

6:50 PM PUBLIC HEARING: 43D PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE TOWN OF DOUGLAS BYLAWS
A Public Hearing was then opened to review the proposed amendments to the Town of Douglas Zoning Bylaws with regard to Ch. 43D “Expedited Permitting Program”.
Adam J. Costa from Blatman, Bobrowski & Mead, LLC, reviewed the proposed amendments. Much discussion was held.
It was noted that under Section 6.6.2 first paragraph, the phrase by majority vote should be included.

Discussion on Section 6.6.2 (1) any change in parking. Adelle Reynolds suggested that the wording should be more detailed. It was indicated that including a new bullet noting any insubstantial change in parking would include either a reduction or relocation in the number of spaces.
Discussion on Section 6.6.2 (1) regarding change in colors and/or style and whether it should be substantial or insubstantial, it was noted that this wording was vague.
Discussion held on Section 6.6.3. It was suggested that language be added noting need for approval by ZBA.
Discussion held on Section 6.6.3 (b). It was noted that the purpose is to eliminate a dual review and does not remove the jurisdiction of any Board. Mr. Cundiff asked if we get a project that requires Site Plan Review and another special permit would this change mean that they would need to go through Site Plan Review. Mr. Costa said yes.
Mr. Cundiff also raised the concern that the Board would not have the ability to review the subsequent project relative to environmental concerns such as noise and air quality.
It was questioned if 43D designation was designed to go on forever. Mr. Costa noted that it has a 5 year life span and if determined that it should continue it needs to be re-designated at a Town Meeting.
A motion made by Mr. St. George, and seconded by Mr. Swenson to close the Public Hearing. Vote unanimous.

7:35 PM ANR PLAN: DONALD W. & CHERYL S. NELSON/CHRISTOPHER & MARY J. BROWN SOUTHWEST MAIN STREET
There was a review of the ANR plan for a parcel of land referenced as Map 212, Parcel 24 & 25 located off Southwest Main Street in a RA & RC-2 Zoning District.
Mr. Chesebrough made a motion to endorse this plan. Ms. Brown seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous.

7:45 PM DEER CROSSING SUBDIVISION PHASE III LOT RELEASE
Mr. Cundiff indicated Mr. Nealon is looking for a lot release for phase three of the Deer Crossing Subdivision. There are six lots. Some discussion held. The Planning Board agreed to sign this.

7:50 PM PRESENTATION BY CMRPC FOR ROUTE 16 CORRIDOR STUDY
Mr. Stephen Wallace, Principal Planner and Suzanne LePage, Regional Services Manager from Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) were welcomed. CMRPC has been asked to review what the public wants for Route 16 and the Town of Douglas.
Mr. Wallace indicated that there are four basic questions that need to be answered.
• What do people like about East Douglas?
• What do people not like about East Douglas?
• What types of businesses and services do people want for East Douglas?
• What types of streetscape improvements do people want for East Douglas?

Mr. Wallace then showed slides depicting examples of streetscapes and how it improves an area.
The town’s people were then broken into two groups to answer the above questions. Results of the group’s responses to these questions are attached.

8:30 PM NEXT PLANNING BOARD MEETING
It was agreed that at the next meeting of the Planning Board, scheduled for November 13, 2007, the discussion of rules and regulations will be tabled and the language changes for the proposed amendments to the Town of Douglas Zoning Bylaws will be addressed instead.

8:35 PM VOTE ON AQUIFER PROTECTION MAP
Motion made by Mr. Chesebrough to recommend option two without the zone II circled around the Glen Street well. Everyone agreed further work should be done regarding the accuracy of the map but that the goal at this time is to digitize. Motion seconded by Mr. Marks and unanimously voted.

8:45 PM VOTE ON RECOMMENDED ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT
A motion was made by Mr. Chesebrough to approve the recommended Zoning By-Law Changes as presented. Motion seconded by Mr. Marks. Unanimously voted by all present.

ADJOURNMENT
Ms. Brown made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Swenson seconded the motion. Vote was unanimous. Meeting was adjourned at 8:52 PM.


Respectfully Submitted,


Lisa Lannon
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