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Development Review Board Minutes 2-18-2019

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD

MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

FEBRUARY 18, 2019

Members Present: Chair Brent Rakowski, Vice-Chair Don Peabody, Steve Rapoport, Teresa Hyndman, Jason Mullin.

Members Absent: Jason Farrell, Time Cook

Guests: Heather Carlton

Present: Zoning Administrator Peter Garon

Chair Brent Rakowski called the regular meeting to order at 7 p.m.

  1. A public hearing was scheduled on the application from Witherbee LLC for a change of use and exterior modifications at 186 Main Street. Zoning Administrator Peter Garon advised the Board that the applicant had withdrawn their application by email dated February 11, 2019.
  2. Heather Carlton presented her application for an Airbnb at her residence at 54 MacDonough Drive. Zoning Administrator Garon indicated that he felt this application should be considered under the regulations for a Bed and Breakfast. He also noted that one parking space was needed for the Airbnb in addition to the two needed for the one-family residence. Ms. Carlton noted that there is a thirty foot wide space available for parking. She indicated that there would be no exterior modifications made and there is a separate entrance for the Airbnb space.   Don Peabody and Teresa Hyndman raised questions about safety issues, specifically as it relates to emergency egress. Chairman Brent Rakowski pointed out that the regulations do not have provisions which allow us to consider this issue. It would usually be handled by an entity of the State. Zoning Administrator Garon explained to the Board and the applicant that the approval letter sent to all applicants explains that there may be other permits needed and provides them contact information for the State of Vermont permit specialist to assist in that process. The Zoning Administrator will research the safety issue for the Board.  Don Peabody made a motion to move the application to public hearing on March 18, 2019. The motion was seconded by Jason Mullin and approved unanimously.
  3. At the meeting of January 21, 2019, the Board had taken the position that the Zoning Administrator could approve a change of use from one permitted use to another, specifically in the Central Business District. Former Zoning Administrator Mel Hawley questioned this position of the Board, indicating that a change of use from bank to office in this district requires Board review. During the Board discussion, Chairman Brent Rakowski noted that except for the Central Business District, the only permitted uses in other districts were one and two family residences. After further discussion the Board modified its position from the January 21, 2019 meeting. The Board will review applications that reflect a change of use.
  4. Steve Rapport moved to accept the minutes of the January 21, 2019 meeting with changes noted. Seconded by Teresa Hyndman and approved unanimously.
  5. Steve Rapport made the motion to adjournment, seconded by Don Peabody and approved unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Peter Garon, Recording Secretary

These are draft minutes and have not been approved by the Development Review Board.

 

Development Review Board Minutes 1-21-2019

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD

MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

JANUARY 21, 2019

Members Present: Chair Brent Rakowski, Tim Cook, Steve Rapoport, Teresa Hyndman, Jason Farrell, (Don Peabody by phone).

Members Absent: Jason Mullin

Guests: Heidi Mahoney

Present: Zoning Administrator Peter Garon

Chair Brent Rakowski called the regular meeting to order at 7 p.m.

  1. Item #2 of the agenda was changed to read Site Plan Review instead of Conditional Use Review.
  2. Heidi Mahoney presented plans for a change of use and exterior modifications to 186 Main Street. She explained that Citizens Bank had vacated the premises and they wanted to change the use from Bank to Office. She noted that this would involve moving a window to cover the space where the bank night deposit box was located, and add a door where the current window is. The Board noted that the Zoning Administrator could approve the change of use as an office is a permitted use in this district. [See minutes of DRB meeting of February 18, 2019 for further discussion and modification of this issue.] The Board discussed parking issues. The Board also asked for cut sheets for any lighting being added.

Jason Farrell made the motion to move the request to public hearing on February 18, 2019. Seconded by Tim Cook and approved unanimously.

  1. Municipal Plan Input – The Board focus was more on regulation changes than specifically on the Municipal Development Plan. This will come later in the process of review. DRB members with thoughts on the MDP were urged to contact the planning Commission directly. Don Peabody expressed an interest in viewscape issues and indicated that he would contact Planning Commission Chair Shannon Hagget directly.

Jason Farrell brought up questions related to a discussion he had with a Planning Commission member about 61 Main Street. The owners had approached Zoning Administrator Garon about allowed uses for the structure. It appeared that the questions would involve a change of zoning for the property, so the owners were referred to the Planning Commission.

  1. Review and accept the minutes of the October 15, 2018 meeting. Tim Cook moved to accept the minutes with changes noted. Seconded by Teresa Hyndman and approved unanimously.
  2. Organizational Meeting – Upon motion by Steve Rapoport, seconded by Tim Cook and approved unanimously, Brent Rakowski was elected Chair, Don Peabody to Vice- Chair, and Jason Farrell to Secretary.
  3. Report of the Zoning Administrator. Zoning Administrator Garon updated the Board on plans for 64 Main Street which has been approved as a 2- family residence. He also noted that there had been preliminary discussions about constructing new units at Country Commons. The issue of unregistered cars has arisen and Zoning Administrator Garon has taken preliminary steps to address the issue with no response to date. Subsequent steps will be taken as necessary.
  4. The Board discussed the City Council comments about the withdrawal of the Mahaiwe appeal to the Vermont Supreme Court.
  5. Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 8:10 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Peter Garon, Recording Secretary