Sullivan Planning Board Minutes for Jan. 4, 2017

      Minutes of the Meeting of January 4, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 7:01 p.m. by Chairman Leslie Casey.  In addition to the chairman, members Laura Lewandowski, Dorothy Miles, Peter Miles, Mark Smith and Ann Sweet were present.  Joe Lewandowski  represented the selectmen.  Also present were members of the public, Marsha Cook and Roger Sweet.

A motion (Dott Miles, Mark Smith) to accept the minutes as distributed passed without dissent.

Public hearing to consider proposed changes to the Community Planning Ordinance:  began at  7:03  p.m..
Chairman Casey handed out copies of the CPO with the proposed changes underlined.  She explained that the changes are mostly a response to the new state law making Accessory Dwelling Units a matter of right throughout the state.  The CPO changes clarify what the rules are for interior and detached ADUs.  The purpose of the law, which goes into effect June 1, is to match better the housing needs of people with what is available.  She proceeded to read CPO with the underlined changes proposed, except where the changes are in wording that does not affect meaning..  
    Article III. 7. adds the exception to the maximum of one dwelling per two acres by adding one internal ADU.  
    Article IV. H. outlines the regulations for ADUs:  one internal ADU for each single-family dwelling and what internal (e.g., a common wall between principal dwelling and ADU) and the regulations for detached ADU’s (e.g., one per additional two acres; two per 10 acres in all).
    Article IV. N. is a new CPO section to replace the separate Cluster Zoning Ordinance.  Called Alternative Development, it would allow houses to be clustered on a 20-acre lot to create common open space.  The density would remain the same:  2 acres per dwelling unit.
    Article V.A. requires that all dwelling units, including ADUs, require permits as do all buildings or structures of more than 400 square feet (replacing the old 700 square feet minimum).
    Article VII, Administration, clarifies the authority of the fire chief and the health officer to make investigations to insure safety of dwelling units.
    Article XI, Definitions, makes clear what an ADU is and what a principal dwelling unit is.

Chairman Casey thanked the members of the public present for their helpful questions and suggestions.  A motion (Peter Miles and Mark Smith) to close the public hearing passed without dissent at 8  p.m. 
 Members of the board expressed concern that the voters would be too daunted by length of the ballot to make careful judgments.  Chairman Casey promised to streamline the texts and forward the new texts to the board for review and comment.

The board members and members of the public, concerned about public awareness and understanding, suggested that the text be included in the town’s newsletter for the March issue and that copies, with changes highlighted, be posted in the town hall and on the town website.  

The annual report    
The board, having had the opportunity to review the draft, raised no objections.  One member praised its completeness and interest.

Letter from the Department of Environmental Services to Attorney Springer re his appeal for DES the Alteration of Terrain permit for the construction of the SBA cell tower.
DES listed several requests for information about the intermittent stream and other features on the property before granting the permit requested.  The letter was read but not discussed.

There being no further business, a motion (Dott Miles/Mark Smith) to adjourn passed without dissent at 8:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary