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Lamoine Planning Board Minutes
February 7, 2012 (Approved March 6, 2012)
Planning Board Members Present: Holt, Gallagher, Donaldson, Tadema-Wielandt, Jordan (alt) and Fowler (alt)
Code Enforcement Officer Present: Acting CEO Jordan
Members of the Public: T. Carter, W. Alley, M. Harriman, R. Simons, E. Payson
The Board found the Large Commercial Building Permit Application complete with the condition, agreed to by the applicant, that the fee would be paid as soon as it is determined. Chairman Holt called a Public Hearing to order at 7:33 to consider a Site Plan Review Application and a Large Commercial Building Permit Application, both submitted by Wayne Alley/Toni Carter (Map 7 Lot 4-1).
Wayne Alley described their plans to do small and large motor maintenance and repair and other mechanical repair work on vehicles; it will not include body work or painting; this work will be both contracted work and retail; the business currently employs 4 people and will be moving from its current location in roughly a year; the business is currently 14 years old. Questions were raised regarding: the road entrances (3 were described but do not appear on the map); and buffering the operation from the old R. King home, given the fact that the commercial building setback from the boundary with the home is non-conforming (grandfathered). E. Payson and R. Simons, neighboring land owners, noted that they had no questions and that the information presented had been helpful.
Chair Holt closed the Public hearing at 7:42 p.m.
5 a. Old Business: Alley/Carter applications (continued)
- The Planning Board reviewed the Large Commercial Permit Application for Change of Use, following two sets of review criteria:
- Building and Land Use Section 7B (4), General Review Criteria - The Board found by votes of 5-0 that the application met all criteria except (f.) water quality and quantity (vote: 0-5) due to the presence of an open drain in the center of the large bay that drains directly into the ground. (See form for notes) Members Holt, Fowler, Donaldson, Tadema-Wielandt, and Gallagher now voting.
- Building and Land Use Section 15F - The Board found by votes of 5-0 that the application met all criteria except #10 Groundwater Protection (0-5), concerning the drain noted above. The Board found that criteria #11 Flood Protection, #23 Soil Suitability, #14 Other On-Site Waste Water Disposal did not apply. Discussion also yielded the following information and observations:
- Criterion #8: Applicant stated that no outside storage of parts, etc. will occur. The desirability of a buffer between the shop and the old King home was noted but not required, due to the fact that the building, though non-conforming for commercial purposes, is grandfathered.
- Criterion #15 Land Use: the building is nonconforming with regard to setback from the road, but is grandfathered. No landscaping is proposed.
- Criterion #16 Signs. Applicant stated that he plans to use the existing sign; he will need to acquire a sign permit from the CEO that conforms to the size and height requirements stated in the BLUO.
Moved by Fowler (Gallagher) to grant the Commercial Permit for a Change of Use with the condition that the applicant seal the drain in the main bay to prevent fluids from draining directly into the soil. Approved 5-0.
Moved by Donaldson (Fowler) to request the applicant to obtain a letter from the Fire Chief indicating that he has reviewed the plan for this change of use and, if appropriate, make recommendations for fire prevention and fighting purposes. The applicant indicated his agreement with this request. Approved 5-0.
#3. Vehicular Access due to the fact that road entrances and driveways were not marked on the plan map (vote: 0-5); and
#10 Groundwater Protection, due the presence of the open drain in the main bay (vote: 0-5).
Moved by Fowler (Gallagher) to grant the Site Plan Permit with two conditions:
Approved by a vote of 5-0
Gordon Donaldson, Secretary