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Lamoine Planning Board Minutes
December 5, 2006
Draft - Subject to Change
Chairman Stuart Branch called the meeting to order at 7:04 PM
Present were: Planning Board members Stuart Branch, Cece Ohmart, Melody Havey, Gordon Donaldson, Michael Jordan, James Gallagher (Michael Garrett had e-mailed his regrets)
Code Enforcement Officer Dennis Ford, Conservation Commission member Carol Korty, audience members Arthur Ashmore, Jennifer Harriman, Stephen Salsbury, Andrew McCullough and Administrative Assistant (CTV operator) Stu Marckoon.
Minutes – One spelling error was corrected. Gordon moved to approve the minutes of November 14, 2006 as corrected. Cece 2nd . Vote in favor was unanimous.
Code Enforcement Officer 's Report – CEO Dennis Ford said things have been fairly quiet. Melody asked how the number of permits compared to last year. Dennis said there are more accessory structures than last year. Gordon asked about the Simons permit. Dennis noted it was the first to incorporate the shared septic design.
Cece moved to accept the CEO reports. Melody 2nd . Vote in favor was unanimous.
Conservation Commission Report – Carol Korty reported that the school water testing project is getting ready to be done in January. There were questions on how to get ones' water tested. She also reported there is a subcommittee of the Conservation Commission that is working on land conservation issues, and the Budget Committee has approved of placing an article for funding on the town meeting warrant. She said the subcommittee is studying whether it ought to be a town committee or a separate organization. Gordon asked if any land use planning was being contemplated in the future. Ms. Korty said it has not been taken on as a task but has been talked about. She said they are working on an ordinance change but it would not be ready for the March town meeting.
Request for Home Occupation Permit – David Worcester (Map 4 Lot 20-4) – The Board was supplied with a plot plan and a permission letter from the property owner. Melody asked if the abutters were shown. Stu said it was not requested. He said the temporary permit issued the previous meeting expires December 14th . Gordon moved to continue the conditional permit until the next meeting. Michael 2 nd . Dennis suggested that the home occupation permit be changed to request a plot plan showing the abutters. Cece asked if the abutter information was actually needed. Board members said it appears it is not, but would be good to have. Gordon withdrew his motion and Michael withdrew his 2nd . Gordon moved to approve as amended. Michael 2nd . Vote in favor was unanimous. The Board asked that Stu Marckoon update the application to include a request for a plot plan.
Shore Frontage Issue – Boulder Cove Subdivision (Map 3 Lot 12) – Gordon noted Planning Board 's responsibility is to make recommendations to the Selectmen on how to proceed. He noted an opinion from the Maine Municipal Association attorney was very clear on the options available, and ran down the various options. Ms. Korty asked what the problem was. Stu explained that the Planning Board approved of lots with non-conforming shore frontage. Michael asked if the lots met state code, and violate only the local ordinance. Dennis said the State code is less stringent that the town. Melody said she would like to look at fixing the lot configuration if possible. Stu noted that the developers had already tied up money based on the approved lots. The board reached a consensus without a formal vote that it would recommend the consent agreement route, finding that the lots were approved and that the CEO could issue permits, and where possible the impact would be minimized.
Subdivision Application Completeness Review – Wayne Wright/Stephen Salsbury (Map 4 Lot 34) – Stu read the list from the previous meeting of the items required to find the application complete. Stephen Salsbury presented each item requested, either in the map or the application forms. Gordon moved to find the application complete. Jim 2nd . Vote in favor was 4-0 (Havey, Ohmart abstained as they were not present at the last meeting). The Board will hold a public hearing on January 2, 2007 at 6:45 PM. The town office staff will send out notices of public hearing to abutters.
Gravel Pit Renewals – Doug Gott & Sons, Inc. (Map 3 Lots 2, 2-1, 6, Map 7 Lot 9) – Stephen Salsbury presented written information for the pits as requested at the previous meeting to the Board. There was a brief discussion about the water level testing. Gordon moved to find the application(s) complete. Melody 2nd . Vote in favor was unanimous. A site visit is set for December 9, 2006 at 8:00 AM, meeting at the Town Hall. A final decision will be made in regard to renewal at the January 2, 2007 meeting.
Home Occupation Permit – Arthur Ashmore (Map 6 Lot 23-1) – Mr. Ashmore is proposing to base an electrical contracting business at his home on Buttermilk Road . The Board reviewed the application. Mr. Ashmore named his abutters. The board noted no new traffic would be generated, and no building would be done, other than a sign. Gordon moved to approve the application. Michael 2nd . Vote in favor was unanimous.
Subdivision Application Update – Sno-Drum LLC (Map 3 Lot 27) – Stu reported Sno-Drum had sent a letter stating they were looking at various options for the lot. A brief discussion followed on road entrance requirements and a possible ordinance change. Stu suggested meeting with the Maine DOT at the site. Michael reported he had heard the entrance might change and possibly require a new application.
Shoreland Zoning Ordinance – Gordon passed out a summary to discussion from the previous public input session. A work session is scheduled for next Tuesday (the 12th ) at 6:30 PM. He noted that no further comments could be accepted after December 10 th so the ordinance could be put into a final form for a hearing on January 17th .
Building & Land Use Ordinance – The Board discussed a memo from Stu Marckoon and the Budget Committee in regard to fees charged for subdivision applications matching the cost to the town. A brief discussion followed about impact fees. Melody moved and Gordon 2nd to ask CEO Ford and Mr. Marckoon to come up with suggested changes. Vote in favor was unanimous.
Other – Carol Korty asked for a copy of the water level tests in the Gott pits. The Board said that was public information. She also said she wanted to attend the Gott site visit.
Tower Ordinance – CEO Ford handed out an informational packet on a possible tower ordinance.
Next Meeting Date – The Planning Board will hold a workshop session on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 7PM. The next regular meeting will be on January 2, 2007 at 7PM.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:58 PM
Stu Marckoon, Secretary Pro Tem
(compiled from DVD recording of meeting)
Saturday, December 9, 2006 Site Visit – Gott Pit Meet @ Town Hall 8AM
Tuesday, December 12, 2006 Workshop Meeting 7PM
Tuesday, January 2, 2007 Regular Meeting 7PM
Wednesday, January 24, 2007, Public Hearing on Shoreland Zoning Ordinance 7PM
Tuesday, February 6, 2007, Regular Meeting 7PM
Tuesday, March 6, 2007 – Election Day 10AM to 8PM
Wednesday, March 7, 2007 – Town Meeting 6PM
Tuesday, March 13, 2007 – Regular Meeting 7PM