***** UNAPPROVED MINUTED *****
PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES
July 2, 2003
Jamestown Melrose School Multi Purpose Room
The meeting was called to order at 7:37 p.m. and the following members were present:
Gary Girard Andrew Kallfelz
Sue Barker Barry Holland
Lisa Bryer, AICP Town Planner
Cinthia Reppe Recording Clerk
John Murphy Attorney
Dave Nickerson Tree Warden
Quenton Anthony - Attorney
Mr. And Mrs. Swett, Sixty Steps Minor Subdivision
A motion was made by Commissioner Kallfelz and seconded by Commissioner Girard to accept the minutes with the following change:
Page 3 first paragraph add the word for in the 7th line between the words regarding for profit.
So unanimously voted.
Commissioner Girard let the audience know that Jamieson Salon had withdrawn their application.
Lisa Bryer, Town Planner stated that Commissioner Brown asked her to report on the Parking Committee meeting. The committee voted to recommend to the Town Council to eliminate parking on the north side of Knowles Ct., Commissioner Brown asked the Parking Committee to wait until the downtown parking survey is done but the Parking Committee wanted to go ahead and make the recommendation now.
Dave Nickerson, Tree Warden discussed the Tree Preservation and Protection Ordinance Amendments. The Planning Commission had at a previous meeting decided not to support proposed amendment #2 related to mandating that all trees, both public and privately owned, along public roadways shall be maintained by the owner(s) of said trees to a minimum height of 14 above the roadway in order to provide safe public passage. Mr. Nickerson explained that trucks hitting low hanging branches are damaging the trees. The Planner questioned whether other than the recycle truck, has there been a problem with access to streets. It seems that we are trying to fix something that is not broken. Steven Tiexiera agreed that in that situation the Town was very responsive and that he provides a list to the Town each year of problem areas and the Town trims those areas. The new amendment would require homeowners to be responsible for trimming trees not the Town. A discussion ensued regarding whether this would relieve the Town from the obligation of trimming in the future and whether homeowners may decide to cut down trees rather than be burdened with trimming every few years. Commissioner Holland made a motion that was seconded by Commissioner Barker to accept amendment # 2 as originally proposed. So unanimously voted. Commissioner Holland made a motion that was seconded by Commissioner Barker to rescind the original vote to not support this amendment. So unanimously voted.
Attorney John Murphy presented this plan and stated that this land has been in the Farm, Forest and Open Space program for more than 10 years. Mr. Boyer wants to create 2 lots, one for each of his sons to have. A discussion ensued regarding public water and private wells. The commission wants a condition of approval to be that both lots be serviced by private wells. The Town Planner noted that there are discrepancies regarding the lot acreage numbers not adding up, that also need to be changed and Francele Boyer is not an owner of the property as noted on the plan. The Planner spoke to Northeast about both of those issues and they will be corrected on the final plan. The Planning Commission does not want any of the stone walls removed and they want a combined driveway easement to access both lots. A motion was made by Commissioner Kallfelz and was seconded by Commissioner Holland to approve this subdivision with the following amendments to the Finding of Fact and Conditions of Approval:
Gary Girard Aye Andrew Kallfelz Aye
Sue Barker Aye Barry Holland Aye
Attorney Quenton Anthoy representing Mr. And Mrs. Swett gave a brief history of this Minor subdivision. The original house on the property was ruined by water damage that would run down the road right into the house. A discussion ensued and Commissioner Girard asked if there would be a maintenance agreement for the new road if another party were to purchase the upper lot. The planning commission stated that everything seems to be fine with this proposal and there were no other questions at this time.
Town Planner Lisa Bryer informed the planning commission that the parking surveys will be distributed tomorrow at most downtown businesses.
The planning commission discussed the items they would like to discuss at the joint meeting with the Town Council. The following are some of the items discussed:
A motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Kallfelz and was seconded by Commissioner Holland at 9:15 p.m. So unanimously voted.