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|Minutes - October 29, 2018 (Draft, subject to correction)|
Board members present: John Holt, Don Bamman, Perry Fowler, Richard McMullen, Chris Tadema-Wielandt, David Legere.
CEO: Rebecca Albright
Members of the Public: Jesse Cameron, Allan Moldawer
Consideration of Minutes: Accepted with minor corrections. Corrected minutes submitted. Minutes from Public Hearing were also accepted.
Public Hearing: Commercial Building Permit Application, Cameron Stone and Landscaping, Map 4 / Lot 41-A. Board found application conditionally accepted at September meeting and scheduled this Public Hearing and a site visit. No members of the public present to comment. Public Hearing closed at 7: 07 pm.
Findings of Fact & Decision, Commercial Building Permit Application, Cameron Stone and Landscaping, Map 4 / Lot 41-A. Cameron provided information requested by the Board when reviewing the application. Board went through the Review Criteria Checklist, a building of fewer than 2000 sq. ft. is treated as a residential building. Holt moved to approve the application. 5 - 0
Update on SZO revisions - Select Board would not set a time to deal with SZO and Cluster development changes because an updated map was not available for public viewing two weeks before. Holt will be meeting with Gordon Longsworth of the COA GIS Lab to update existing map. When done a public hearing will be set for early 2019.
Selectmen agreed to place the SZO revisions and Cluster Development amendments on the Warrant for the Town Meeting in March.
Chair Holt and CEO Albright raised some concerns about 3 items for the Board to consider in the future. The concerns focused on:
BLUO Section 5, “Non-conforming structures” which offers little guidance in the current language. Suggest patterning the language after the SZO section 12.C.
BLUO section 12 Subdivision, Subsection G which requires that a subdivision with lots for single family dwellings will conform to the requirements of Section 4.1 (Lot Standards & Structure Setback Table). Section 4.1 states that the front yard setback for a dwelling unit is 75 ft. from the center line of a public road. However, roads in subdivisions are private roads. Does this leave a loophole that will allow a developer to place houses closer to the (private) subdivision road that the ordinance intends?
SZO Section 14 Table 1 Line 5 indicates that “clearing of vegetation for approved construction and other uses” does not require a permit in the Limited Residential, Limited Commercial, and CFMA districts. CEO Albright is dealing with several situations where property owners and/or agents have violated SZO regulations with respect to clearing of vegetation. She suggests that CEO permits be required, mainly for the purpose of creating an opportunity for the CEO to meet with landowners prior to the beginning of any vegetation clearing.
Chair Holt and CEO Albright will prepare language addressing these issues for the Board to consider at its December 3 meeting.
Upcoming Meeting Dates: December 3, January 7, and February 4.
CEO Albright brought up the issue of an inquiry from a property owner about placing blocks in front of her house 80 feet from the shore. Board responded that Lamoine’s ordinance does not permit structures within 100 feet of the shore.
Meeting adjourned at 8:13 pm.