February 13, 2018 Planning Board meeting

February 13, 2018 Planning Board meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:59 pm

PLANNING BOARD MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018

A meeting of the Planning Board was held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Mr. Marks called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM and announced that the meeting is being recorded and will be available on cable and on the website.

ATTENDANCE:
PRESENT: Ernest Marks (Chairman), Ken Ballou, Michael Greco, Tracy Sharkey (Vice Chairperson), Aaron Socrat, Les Stevens (arrived 7:34 PM), Michael Zwicker
ABSENT:
NON-VOTING: William Cundiff (Town Engineer)

7:02 PM PUBLIC HEARING: TOWN OF DOUGLAS PLANNING BOARD: Proposed Amendments to the Zoning Bylaws.
Mr. Marks opened the public hearing and read the proposed changes. Mr. Cundiff stated that to get an Accessory Apartment Special Permit, a lease document that is approved by Town Counsel needs to be submitted. Town Counsel recommended a change in the bylaw to add that the board may, as condition of approval, require those lease documents. A lease document would need Town Counsel’s approval in order for the Accessory Apartment to get credit for the Town as an Affordable Unit (40B). A discussion was held.
Mr. Cundiff stated that the second proposed bylaw amendment resulted from a request from the ZBA and Zoning Enforcement Officer. The bylaw states that there are penalties for violations, but there is no dollar amount associated with a fine. This amendment adds a sentence that any violation may incur a penalty of $300/violation. A discussion was held.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to close the public hearing for Town of Douglas Planning Board, proposed amendments to the Zoning Bylaws. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-6.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to recommend favorable action to the Board of Selectmen for the Zoning Accessory Apartment bylaw change to section 3.3.3, paragraph 3. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-6.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to recommend favorable action to the Board of Selectmen for the Zoning bylaw change to section 9.1.3 Penalties, paragraph 3. Mr. Zwicker seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-6.

DISCUSSION:
1. Request for a Reserve Fund Transfer/Planning Board Expense: $264.00. Mr. Cundiff stated that the Planning Board went over the budget for advertisement for the above public hearing. Mr. Cundiff will present this request to the Finance Committee tonight. Ms. Sharkey suggested researching less expensive options for advertising. Mr. Cundiff will research local papers.
2. Request for a one-year Earth Removal Special Permit Extension: Pyne Sand & Stone, Lackey Dam Road, Area #E (ER-14-01). Mr. Cundiff does not object to the extension, however he suggested it not be released until surety is in hand.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to grant a one-year extension to 3/11/2019 for Earth Removal Special Permit (ER-14-01) for Pyne Sand & Stone, Lackey Dam Road, Area #E, with the condition that the extension not be released until surety is obtained. Mr. Socrat seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-6.
3. Morse Pond Preserve Subdivision: Request for Release of Funds. Mr. Cundiff stated that the applicant recently came through with an ANR plan combining the 13 lots back to one lot.
Ms. Sharkey made a motion to grant the request for release of funds for Morse Pond Preserve Subdivision. Mr. Greco seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-6.
4. Shady Knoll Estates, Phase IV: Request for Release of Funds. In the packet is correspondence between Town Counsel, Atty. Faith Lane (representing Ron Audet) and Mr. Cundiff. Mr. Cundiff stated that the roads of Shady Knoll Estates are now public ways. The company that pulled the surety, Audet Builders, was dissolved in 2007. Town Counsel suggested that Ron Audet submit a request for release of funds. Ms. Sharkey stated that a release has not been received from Mr. Audet. A discussion was held.
It was decided that a formal release needs to be received.
5. Deer Crossing Subdivision, Woodland Road: Centralized Mail Delivery. A letter was received from a resident. The Postmaster has responded. No action was necessary.
6. Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC)/Douglas Zoning Map: RPA Hours. CMRPC has said that they have 13 Regional Planning Assistance hours available to Douglas, which would cover only half of the scope of work of 26 hours. Mr. Cundiff suggested they start the scope at the end of the fiscal year to go into the beginning of the next fiscal year so all the work can be done. It was the consensus of the Board to use the hours. (Mr. Stevens joined the meeting.)
7. Rules and Regulations Governing the Subdivision of Land. A package was not prepared. Mr. Cundiff did receive some information on solar. He asked the Board to review the information and let him know which information they want him to print out.
8. ZBA Application: Haagsma Realty Trust, 68 Depot Street (Variance). The Planning Board had no objection.
9. ZBA Application: Raymond Lafave, 43 Southeast Main Street (Variance).
The existing garage will be demolished. The new dwelling will be closer to the lot line than the old garage. Wetlands are not shown on the plan. No hardship, other than wetlands, is listed. A discussion was held. The Planning Board had no objection. Ms. Sharkey abstained.
10. Minutes: January 9 and January 23, 2018
Approval of the January 9, 2018 Planning Board meeting minutes was deferred to the next meeting, pending addition of the bond release amount for Stone Gate Estates, Discussion item #1.
Approval of the January 23, 2018 Planning Board meeting minutes was deferred to the next meeting.

OTHER BUSINESS:
It was the consensus of the Board that Mr. Marks can sign the documents that were voted on at this meeting.

7:56 PM ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Zwicker made a motion to adjourn the Planning Board meeting at 7:56 PM. Ms. Sharkey seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,


Mary Wright
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