MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE VIENNA PLANNING BOARD HELD JULY 27, 2016
The meeting convened at 7:00 PM at the Town House on Town House Road.
Regular Board members present were Waine Whittier, Alan Williams, Ed Lawless, and Creston Gaither. Also present were selectman Chris Smith, Code Enforcement Officer John Archard, and Ordinance Review Committee members Marianne Archard and Sue Burns. Creston had advertised this meeting as a public hearing to discuss disparities between setback requirements found in the Building, Shoreland Zoning, and Subdivision ordinances.
It was agreed that the Board’s finding that the Nathan James’ proposal for tax map 3 lot 40-K (see June minutes) provides for disposal of wastewater was likely erroneous. John Archard has visited the site and found only a straight pipe draining gray water, with a privy also in place. This is not permissible under State law. John and Mr. James and Ken Stratton are working toward a resolution.
The public hearing then came to order. Setback requirements were discussed at length. It was noted by several in attendance that measurements from the travelled way within a road are often more practical to make than measurements from right- of-way lines. The centerline of the travelled way is often more readily apparent than is its edge.
Uncertainty was expressed as to the optimum setback from roads with regard to aesthetics and safety and road maintenance and snowplowing.
Sue will try to find out what neighboring towns are doing in this regard. She also said that more data regarding the issues at hand should be gathered before changes are made to the ordinances.
Chris said that the selectmen are unwilling to call a special town meeting on this issue this year.
The Ordinance Review Committee will meet September 22; if they make good progress they will come to the Planning Board’s September meeting. If not they will come in October.
The meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM.
Creston Gaither, secretary