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Minutes - December 7, 2020 (Draft, subject to correction)


Board Members Present: John Holt and Don Bamman in person, Perry Fowler, Richard McMullen, Chris Tadema-Wielandt, Stewart Workman, Steve Gabel-Richards by zoom


CEO: Rebecca Albright


Members of the Public: Stu Marckoon


Call to Order: 7:02 PM


Consideration of Minutes: Motion to accept (Bamman/Fowler) 5 - 0


Code Enforcement Officer’s Reports

            Permits Issued - no comments offered

            Enforcement Activities - a letter was sent from the CEO to Stephen Salsbury, as representative for Harold MacQuinn, concerning restoration necessitated by the ruling of the court.

            Other - CEO reported back on a meeting with the Selectmen about the concerns of the assessors regarding reporting violations. A procedure for reporting these has been worked out.


Old Business: none


New Business:

            Request from Glen Crawford. Glen was invited to attend tonight’s meeting to discuss his request for a change in the classification of his property on the shore from Limited Residential to Commercial Fisheries and Maritime Activities. He did not attend. John informed him that it was a matter for the Selectmen to decide whether or not to place the matter on the warrant for the town meeting. The selectmen were informed that there was no specific proposal for the Planning Board to discuss, just the request to change to zoning designation.


Ordinance Development:

            BLUO - section dealing with building height. It was decided that John would write up a definition based on the one in the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance but using the finished grade as the base to measure from. We will review at the January meeting.

            For SZO, the requirement for a determination for original grade will be met by modifying the building permit application.

            SPRO - section M dealing with appeals. Sections C & D under administrative appeals, have become subsections under Section B to make it clearer. After several minor wording changes, it was accepted as written to be sent to Selectmen for Public Hearing and inclusion on the warrant for town meeting.

            BLUO section 12, subdivisions - clarification of the setback requirement. Subdivision roads require the same setback as public roads covered in the ordinance.

            SPRO, general review standards - section J has two paragraphs which cover two distinct standards. These are now designated as A and B under section J.


            BLUO, expansion of nonconforming structures - new language borrows from the SZO, clarifying that nonconforming structures can be expanded, moved, or reconstructed as long as they meet current setback guidelines and do not increase the level of nonconformity.


Upcoming Meeting Dates: Jan. 4, Feb. 1, and March 1.


Motion to adjourn at 8:12 PM (Bamman/Fowler) 5 - 0