Minutes of February 2, 2005

Chairman Steve Hamilton called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Present, in addition to the chairman, were Michelle Degree, Joe Fitzpatrick, Geoff Gardner, Don Primrose, Ann Sweet, and Bob Switzer. Rick Hotchkiss represented the Selectmen. Dave Jakway was absent. Selectman Richard Labadie was also present, along with Charles and Mary Toutant.

Chairman Hamilton welcomed Michelle Degree, the board’s newest alternate member.

Minutes of the meeting of January 5 were approved as distributed.

Preliminary discussion of a proposed subdivision of Toutant property on South Road.
Charlie Toutant passed out copies of the preliminary survey showing a proposed subdivision into two parcels of the lot on which his current house stands. Since he plans to build on one of the resulting parcels, he proposes to move about a dozen campsites back into an adjacent lot he also owns where there are already a number of campsites in use, along with sites unused for some years. Although he has a state permit to operate 46 campsites, only 30 are currently in use. Noting that for tax purposes there is only one piece of property, Mr. Primrose suggested there needed to be a legal clarification of the status of the back land. Are there really 3 separate lots now? Mr. Toutant will be bringing the existing deed that spells out the current legal status of the lots. Chairman Hamilton read the checklist. It was agreed that there need be no new curb cut since there is already a driveway to the current house and a driveway leading into the campground. It was pointed out that the driveway into the campground lies along the proposed border to the new lot that currently has no house. Mrs. Sweet questioned whether the driveway could persist within the setback from the property line. Others argued that it was grandfathered. In any case, it was agreed that the deed for the new lot would have to include a right-of-way (easement) for access to the camp sites on the property abutting the two lots to be created.
Additionally, the planning board will need the following:

a copy of the existing deeds 

wording for the new deeds (including the easement for access on one) 

a 75 foot radius around the existing well 

indication on the plat where the current septic system is located 

indication of the removal of the current septic disposal site It was decided to have another preliminary consultation at the March planning board meeting with a hearing on the proposal at the April meeting.

State planning conference will be held April 9. 

Master Plan will be on a disk this week for Chairman Hamilton to have duplicated. 

Town elections will be March 8, Town Meeting March 9.

Query about construction on the New Road
Mr. Bauer’s letter inquiring about building a cottage on his mother’s property will be answered in the negative, since the Bauer lot has no frontage on a Class V road.

Proposed amendments to Sullivan’s subdivision regulations
Mr. Gardner passed around a draft of proposed changes, which were read aloud and discussed briefly. Following more extensive discussion, a hearing will be held at the May meeting. Mrs. Sweet suggested the board might want to consider requiring subdivision proposals of a particular size to set aside open space, as some other towns are doing. Since that would be a ballot question, such a proposal would have to wait until 2006.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary