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Draft Development Review Board Minutes, Special Meeting of 2/24/2020

Draft Development Review Board Minutes

Special Meeting, February 24, 2020

Members Present: Chair Brent Rakowski, Steve Rapoport, Carrie Macfarlane, Tim Cook, Jason Mullin

Absent: Vice-Chair Don Peabody, Teresa Hyndman

Guests: Leonard Duffy

Present: Zoning Administrator Peter Garon

Chair Brent Rakowski convened the meeting at 7 P.M.

  1. No changes to the agenda
  2. Site Plan and Conditional Use Review of an application from Leonard Duffy for a multi-family dwelling at 1 West Main Street. Leonard Duffy shared some historical information and photographs of earlier development on the site. There had been extensive development on the site in the 1960’s. It was part of the Shade Roller operation but had burned down.

He provided documents and details of his proposed building with 9 units of various sizes aimed at a retired or retiring population. The building will be two-stories, all handicapped accessible. There will be 18 parking spaces with walkways to make access easier. Seventy percent of the lot will remain open. There will be a thirty-foot buffer along the river, and a three-foot fence along a large part of the river border. As this lot is in the flood plain overlay district, he plans to have the lowest elevation about 2 feet above the 100-year flood mark. He provided information on lighting plans including a diagram of the outdoor lighting proposed.

The Board asked for information on elevations and reference points for comparison purposes. Both existing and proposed elevations should be shown. An elevation certificate from a certified engineer will be needed.

He is also proposing to change the sewer line location, and has discussed his plan with Jim Larrow.

On motion by Steve Rapoport, seconded by Jason Mullin, and approved by all, the application was deemed complete and moved to public hearing on March 16, 2020.

  1. On motion by Tim Cook, seconded by Steve Rapoport, and approved by all, the minutes of the regular meeting of November 18, 2019 were accepted with changes made.
  2. On motion by Tim Cook, seconded by Jason Mullin, and approved by all, the minutes of the regular meeting of December 16, 2019 were accepted with changes made.
  3. On motion by Tim Cook, seconded by Carrie Macfarlane, and approved by all, the minutes of the regular meeting of January 20, 2020 were accepted with changes made.
  4. Zoning Administrator Peter Garon shared proposed fee schedule changes with the Board. He also provided them with a review of zoning issues related to the proposed bicycle trail in McIntosh Park. At the request of Chair Brent Rakowski, he provided a printout of all zoning action taken in 2019. The Chair also asked that a schedule of meeting dates, taking into consideration changes due to holidays, be added to the city calendar.
  5. The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 P.M.

Respectfully submitted

Peter Garon, Acting Recording Secretary

These are draft minutes and have not been reviewed or approved by the DRB.

 

 

 

Development Review Board Minutes, 11/18/2019

Development Review Board Minutes

Regular Meeting November 18, 2019

Members Present: Chair Brent Rakowski, Vice-Chair Don Peabody, Steve Rapoport, Tim Cook, Carrie Macfarlane, Teresa Hyndman, Jason Mullin

Guests: Daniel Hassan, Rebecca Hassan, Tim Buskey

Present: Zoning Administrator Peter Garon

Chair Brent Rakowski convened the meeting at 7 P.M.

  1. There were no changes to the agenda.
  2. Public Hearing – To consider the request by Didier and Julianne Murat to demolish part of a porch and make other exterior alterations to the existing structure at 104 South Water Street. The request will be considered under Section 1604 of the Zoning and Subdivision Regulations. The applicant was not present so the hearing was postponed.
  3. Sketch plan review for changes at 34 North Street. Dan and Rebecca Hassan presented preliminary information for review with the Board. They noted that they had several questions about how their proposal would comply with the regulations.

Their intent is to build a new structure at the back of their lot and move the current residents there while they rehabilitate the current structure. They noted that there is a real need for the services which they will provide including a new memory care unit. For the residents, being close to the downtown is an advantage for them.

The Board reviewed several documents which the Hassans presented. The preliminary plans showed a memory care unit which has bedrooms for residents with central services such as cooking. In other units residents would have a microwave, sink, and mini-fridge, but would take all their meals in the dining area.

The Board indicated that they would review all aspects of the regulatory process together (site plan, conditional use, PUD, and Local Act 250). Some of the questions which the Board would like to see addressed in subsequent meetings include easements (sewer, driveways, to the Carrera property) and minimum lot size, along with the items which need to be reviewed under site plan review, conditional use review, PUD, and Local Act 250.

  1. Upon motion by Tim Cook, seconded by Jason Mullin, and approved by all, Brent Rakowski was re-elected Chair, Don Peabody was re-elected Vice-Chair. The Secretary position remains vacant.
  2. There were no changes suggested for the Rules of Procedure and Rules of Ethics. Chair Brent Rakowski will be providing the Board with some templates to review for possible changes.
  3. Zoning Administrator Peter Garon updated the Board on positive changes being made at Little City Cycle regarding outside storage of bicycles. He also discussed a sign issue which the Board though best to review as an application for a change of use.
  4. The meeting was adjourned at 9 p.m.

Respectfully submitted

Peter Garon, Acting Recording Secretary