PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES
December 4, 2002
The meeting was called to order at 7:35 p.m. and the following members were present:
Rob Lambert Gary Girard
Mary Brennan Betty Hubbard
Victor Calabretta Jean Magregor-Brown
Lisa Bryer, AICP, Town Planner
Cinthia Reppe Recording Clerk
Douglas DeSimone Town Solicitor
Richard Pastore Town Engineering Consultant
A motion was made by Commissioner Girard and seconded by Commissioner Hubbard to accept the minutes as written. So unanimously voted.
Commissioner Kallfelz arrives at 7:37 p.m.
Commissioner Girard made a motion that was seconded by Commissioner Lambert to forward the Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment related to protection of critical lands containing freshwater wetlands, high groundwater table and/or shallow impervious layer with the map and a recommendation for approval to the Town Council. Commissioner Lambert asked for comments and discussion. Town Engineer consultant Dick Pastore suggested on page 2 #4 a. add after injury by fencing off trees at the drip line. #4 b. add after revegetation , stamped by a Landscape Architect. On page 4 under 2. c. delete
counts add MPN/100 ml. On page 7 c. add There shall be a ten (10) foot separation between a leachfield and the edge of any stormwater infiltration system. In addition to these changes there were also some minor grammar changes suggested by members of the planning commission. Commissioner Girard amended the motion to include the changes, it was seconded by Commissioner Lambert. So unanimously voted. Commissioner Girard suggested that a letter be sent to the Town Council clarifying the issue of locating an ISDS on a different lot.
VI. New Business
1. Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment related to Parking, Section 1203
Town Planner Lisa Bryer stated that she was happy to see the Chamber of Commerce take a proactive approach to parking downtown. She also stated that the planning commissions job is to advise the Town Council on this proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment. In addition, the Planner stated that regardless of the proposed amendment that the Planning Commission and herself are committed to addressing the issue of downtown parking within the next few years because it is an action in the Comprehensive Plan. We are fortunate that the Chamber of Commerce is also committed to working with us on this issue.
Attorney John Murphy representing the Chamber of Commerce, stated that they feel that if the Downtown were in conformance with the existing ordinance it would look like a different place. He also stated that the existing ordinance is based on automobile standards not human needs. Most of the businesses downtown are not in conformance now, usually relief is granted but is very costly to the applicants and time consuming. Commissioner Calabretta suggested adding something about the intensity of the business as far as determining parking needs. Commissioner Schnack suggested that amending Section 1203 would make more sense and that simply exempting current uses is not the most prudent response. Several Commissioners agreed. A motion was made by Commissioner Schnack and seconded by Commissioner Girard to continue this discussion at the next meeting. So voted.
Rob Lambert Aye Gary Girard Aye
Mary Brennan Aye Betty Hubbard Aye
Victor Calabretta Abstain Jean Magregor-Brown Aye
Andrew Kallfelz Aye Sue Barker Aye
Michael Schnack Aye
Motion passes by a vote of 8-1 Abstension
Town Planner Lisa Bryer informed the Planning Commission that the first meeting in January is on the 1st which is a holiday, so there will not be a meeting. The Commission agreed not to reschedule that meeting but to resume the regular schedule on January 15.
A motion was made by Commissioner Schnack and seconded by Commissioner Barker to adjourn the meeting at 9:50 p.m. So unanimously voted.
Cinthia L. Reppe