Planning Board Minutes for July 3, 2013

Minutes of the Meeting of July 3, 2013

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Steve Hamilton. In addition to the chairman, members Stacy Glover, Kevin Wheeler, and Ann Sweet were present.  Absent were Dave Jakway, Laura Lewandowski, and Mark Smith. Laura Merrifield represented the selectmen.

After correction of capitalization of the second letter of Ms, a motion (Glover/Sweet) to approve the minutes of June 5 passed without dissent.

Chairman Hamilton thanked Mark Smith, in absentia, for serving as chairman of the June 5 meeting.  Mrs. Sweet thanked Tracy Glover for her research into building requirements in other towns to help the board think about needed CPO changes.

Needed changes to the Community Planning Ordinance
Mrs. Merrifield reported that the selectmen have had legal advice from the lawyer with whom they met on other issues.  The lawyer recommended simplicity in CPO language.  For example, Article V. A. could read.  “a building permit shall be required for all dwelling units,” eliminating the rest of that sentence.  Mrs. Merrifield suggested that Article III C 8 might be irrelevant.  “Size is not important.”   At the same time, the definition of Dwelling Unit in Article XI needs to be clarified.  What does “plumbing” mean?  A seasonal dwelling unit mentioned in Article III.5. needs definition.  Mrs. Merrifield suggested  that the board seek legal opinion about wording for consistency with the rest of the ordinance and publicize the proposed changes in the newsletter to give the community explanation of the need for changes..Chairman Hamilton set a three-month deadline for drafting new wording.

Miscellaneous notices from the chairman
• The ZBA hearing on the Antis application has not yet been scheduled.
• Further updating of the Master Plan will probably wait until after the summer
• The Donnelly driveway application needs attention

Report from the selectmen
• Of the 10 letters sent by selectmen in 2010 to junkyards, there have been inadequate responses from 4.  The selectmen, with advice from counsel, are devising a plan for eliciting responses from those 4
• Does a driveway permit have an expiration date?  Paul LeClerc of Apple Hill Road says he has one from several years ago.
• A number of housing issues have come before the selectmen that would benefit from the expertise of a building inspector.  Perhaps the town should explore the possibility of sharing such expertise with other small towns.
There being no further business, a motion (Merrifield/Wheeler) to adjourn passed without dissent at 7:55 p.m..

Respectfully submitted, 
Ann Sweet, Secretary