Draft Copy PB Minutes - 1/15/15
Meeting called to order at 7:15 – members present were Linda, Tom, Bill, Dave, Barry, and Rich Olsen.
Previous minutes were reviewed and accepted – motion made by Tom, second by Bill.
Barbara Johnston brought documents she has been working on for our zoning revisions. The first was section 312, Site Plan Review, the second on Cluster Subdivisions which will be included in the zoning code, the last is on Cluster Development which will be added as Cluster Subdivision Regulations to current Subdivision Regulations.
Our work on Site Plan Review is nearing completion. We finished discussion on 312.10 regarding Waiver of Public Hearing. We are increasing item 1 to 5,000 square feet and item 2 to 35 feet. We are also adding item 5 which deals with traffic issues. We also clarified 313.3 G – driveway width as for nonresidential uses. We also changed 313.4 B to one space per two employees. In 313.6 Lighting, a concern was raised about adding language to shield lighting from upward glare. Section 313.10 Visual Impact will be added as well.
Barbara presented two documents on cluster subdivisions. She suggests the first of these be added to the Zoning Code to outline what is allowed in the town. Our intent is to encourage creative design in areas that may not work in a strict subdivision code. The PB will have much authoritative latitude in the development of such areas. We decided to remove parts 2-5 in section D regarding lot size and density so as not to overly restrict lot sizes in cluster developments. Barbara is going to change the language to ensure that setbacks, although not defined, do not negatively impact neighboring residences.
The last document provides regulations for cluster development that will be added to current subdivision regulations.
We did not have much time to work on this but we did remove #7 in section C regarding clubhouses, small business etc.
Barb will add these documents to Google Docs so they will be available for our review and editing. Our homework is to review these, especially the regulations section and decide what will be included in the code. Our next meeting will be 2/17/15 which is a Tuesday evening. Our goal is to finish these documents, make other revisions to the code such as the need for renewed numbering and structure changes. We are planning for a final meeting with Barbara in March.
We adjourned at 9:28, motion made by Dave, second by Bill.
Barry Somerville, secretary