December 17, 2015

PB Minutes 9/24/15



Draft Copy PB Minutes 9/24/15

Meeting called to order at 7:02 PM. All members present except for Tom B.

Previous meeting minutes read and accepted, motion made by Bill, second by Rich.

Linda gave us a briefing of TB meeting on 9/1/15. Vote on depot zoning and cluster division was tabled. Some board members had not received a hard copy of the changes.

There seems to be a great deal of interest in farmers buying plots in the Varick area of the depot. The PB and TB would like to see smaller sections sold off to build our tax basis rather than sell to a few large buyers.

On October 6 the TB will receive questions and information on two subdivisions bought within the town. This stresses the need for the PB to review current subdivision code and make sure that subdivision plans be channeled through the PB.

The PB will address three issues at the next meeting. Members are encouraged to research the following areas:
 1) The issue of how many times property may be subdivided. Our current code says that once a property is divided it cannot be subdivided again. However, it seems that this is very restrictive, especially if someone divides a large plot containing many acres. Do we need to clarify the code further in this area?
2) The issue of zoning for wind and solar energy. The question was raised whether we should have a moratorium on the subject so we have time to study it and add some parameters in the code. Bill has some information he will email to PB members.
3) Question about temporary docks – do we need to clarify need for setbacks, are they exempt, etc.?

Our meetings for November and December will be on the 19th and 17th respectively. Our next meeting will be held October 22.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30, motion made by Hershey, second by Dave.

Respectfully submitted,

Barry Somerville, secretary

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