Development Review Board Minutes 9-17-2018





Members Present: Brent Rakowski, Vice-Chair, Tim Cook, Jason Mullin, Steve Rapoport, Teresa Hyndman, Don Peabody, alternate – Lowell Bertrand

Members Absent: Jason Farrell

Guests: No guests were present.

Present: Zoning Administrator Peter Garon

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

  1. There were no amendments to the agenda.
  2. Introduction of new member, Teresa Hyndman. Mutual introductions were made.
  3. Pending Decision – Lincoln Geronimo, LLC, 33 Green Street, Change use of Community Center to retail store, Site Plan Review. Motion was made by Lowell Bertrand to direct the Vice-Chair to sign the decision with changes noted. Seconded by Steve Rapoport and approved unanimously.
  4. Pending Decision – Pflaster Investments, LLC (Owner) and Zhen Ting and Ling Lee (Applicant) for site plan review and conditional use review to change the use of the southerly portion of the first floor to a restaurant, construct an addition on the back of the building associated with the proposed restaurant, and other related site improvements at 10 Main Street. The Board added a condition to the draft decision, that the applicant would provide “traffic flow signage consistent with the submitted plan”. Motion was made by Tim Cook to direct the Vice-Chair to sign the decision with changes noted. Seconded by Lowell Bertrand and approved unanimously.
  5. Review and accept the minutes of the August 20, 2018 meeting. Steve Rapoport moved to accept the minutes with changes noted. Seconded by Jason Mullin and approved unanimously.
  6. Organizational Meeting: Brent Rakowski was elected Chair, and Don Peabody was elected Vice-Chair on a motion from Tim Cook, seconded by Steve Rapoport, and approved unanimously. These changes will be in effect until the usual organizational meeting in November.
  7. Report of Zoning Administrator. Member contact list circulated. Discussion of potential uses for the currently vacant gas station on Main Street. The Board was of the opinion that a restaurant was not an allowed use in that district. Concern was expressed about the potential hazard waste behind Cumberland Farms. Contacts have been made to ANR with no action taken at this time.
  8. Other business. Tim Cook asked for feedback on the Planning Commission Community Forum. The general consensus was that it was a positive event that generated a lot of community discussion. It is just the beginning of the process, but certainly a good start.


  1. Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 820.

Respectfully Submitted,

Peter Garon, Acting Recording Secretary