Development Review Board Minutes, Special Meeting, August 29, 2019

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD MINUTES

SPECIAL MEETING

August 29, 2019

Members Present: Chair Brent F. Rakowski, Vice-Chair Don Peabody, Steve Rapoport, Tim Cook (left at 8:10 p.m.), Jason Mullin, Teresa Hyndman, Carrie Macfarlane

Present: Zoning Administrator Peter Garon

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

  1. The order of the agenda was changed, to #4, #3, #1.
  2. Deliberative Session –
  3. To consider the request by 29 Short Street LLC for site plan approval and conditional use approval for a multiple-family residence, and a waiver of lot size for a pre-existing structure at 29 Short Street. The request will be considered under Article VII, Article VIII, and Section 1604 of the Zoning and Subdivision Regulations.

Upon motion by Tim Cook, seconded by Steve Rapoport, and approved by all, the Board directed the Zoning Administrator to draft an affirmative decision to circulate to the Board prior to the next meeting. Comments on the draft will come to the Zoning Administrator.

The draft should consider that the current use has been in effect since at least 2002 and known to the City since that time.

  1. Deliberative Session – To consider the request by Donna Blais for a waiver to replace a single story structure at 130 Green Street with a similar size single story structure. The request will be considered under Section 1604 of the Zoning and Subdivision Regulations.

A motion was made by Don Peabody, seconded by Teresa Hyndman to direct the Zoning Administrator to draft an affirmative decision to circulate to the Board prior to the next meeting. Comments on the draft will come to the Zoning Administrator.

The draft should consider that a non-conforming structure has been in existence on this lot since before zoning regulations were in effect. The decision took into account that the planned replacement was compatible in mass and scale to what exists in the neighborhood of 133 Green Street. In addition the draft should require that the replacement conform to plans submitted at the public hearing.

The vote on the motion was Don Peabody, Teresa Hyndman, Carrie Macfarlane, and Brent F. Rakowski voting in the affirmative. Tim Cook, Steve Rapoport, and Jason Mullin voted in the negative. The motion passed.

  1. Deliberative Session – To consider the request by D&T Clark, Trustees, owners, and Daniel and Rebecca Hassan (Grand Senior Living), applicants to demolish the existing structure at 40 North Street. The request will be considered under Section 1604 of the Zoning and Subdivision Regulations.

Steve Rapoport made a motion, seconded by Tim Cook, to direct the Zoning Administrator to draft an affirmative decision to circulate to the Board prior to the next meeting. Comments on the draft will come to the Zoning Administrator. The draft should note that the Board finds that the building does not contribute to the architectural or historic significance of the district. It should also note that the Board considered the testimony presented by the Hassan’s with regard to the historical and architectural history and significance of the current structure. The draft should also reflect the Hassan’s testimony that the building will not be demolished until they receive approvals on the design of a larger project at 34 North Street.

The vote on the motion was Steve Rapoport, Tim Cook, Carrie Macfarlane, and Jason Mullin voting in the affirmative. Don Peabody, Teresa Hyndman, and Brent F. Rakowski voted in the negative. The motion passed.

  1. The minutes of the regular meeting of July 15, 2019 were reviewed and approved with minor changes.
  2. In other business, Chair Brent F. Rakowski discussed his plans to schedule training of new members, updating members who have been on the Board longer and the Zoning Administrator.
  3. The special meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Peter Garon, Acting Recording Secretary