Planning Board Meeting - June 28, 2017

Meeting Date
Waine Whittier, Ed Lawless, Tim Bickford, and Creston Gaither, Alan Williams, Cheryl Collier, Wendy Morin and Gary Fuller
  • At 6:15 PM Regular members Waine Whittier, Ed Lawless, Tim Bickford, and Creston Gaither conducted a site visit on the Shawkey property on Kimball Pond, depicted on tax map 3 as lot 26-K to consider the Shawkeys’ proposal to build a house on the property. Very gentle slopes and ample setbacks were noted. Regular Board member Alan Williams, who is acting as the Shawkeys’ agent and contractor, was present for this discussion. No formal Board action was taken a this time.

  • At 6:45 PM the Board’s regular meeting convened at the Town House with Waine, Ed, Tim, Creston, and Alan present. Minutes of the May 24 meeting were read and accepted. Tim confirmed that he has been duly appointed and sworn in as a regular member of the Board.

  • It was noted that on May 28 Waine, Ed, and Tim met with builder Jon Kent on the Shuster Trust property on Parker Pond (depicted on tax map 11 as lot 44)to consider Jon’s proposal to build an open deck with a roof as an entrance to the existing house there. As Creston and Alan are both familiar with the parcel they subsequently agreed with Waine and Ed that this permit should be issued.

  •  Cheryl Collier appeared for a Notification of Construction permit for a shed on her Davis Road property shown on tax map 6 as lot 6. Waine issued her a permit.

  • Wendy Morin and Gary Fuller arrived about 7:00 PM. Wendy asked about tree removal on her Kimball Pond Road property, depicted on tax map 3 as lot 19. The Shoreland Zoning Ordinance was briefly reviewed. She was advised that no permit is required for the removal of dead trees. She outlined the nature of the natural growth and that of what she has planted. She brought a sketch and photographs. C.M.P. Co. has removed some treetops as well. Gary Fuller was asked to take a look at the photos as he is Vienna’s new Code Enforcement Officer (CEO). He said the growth looks dense and that much revegetation will naturally occur. 

  • Gary introduced himself and asked about Vienna’s Land Use ordinances. The CEO’s relationship with the Planning Board was informally discussed. Waine will mail him CEO copies of Notification of Construction permits that are issued. Creston will email him the Board’s minutes and any reminders of meetings etc. that go out.

Susan Weeks’ email of June 28 was reviewed. Creston will respond to her and will advise her:

  1. to find a local person to act as her agent and to advise the Board as to who this is.
  2. to provide a sketch of her proposal with dimensions shown.
  3. that the Board will want to do a site visit and will plan to do so at about 6:15 PM before its next meeting.
  • The Shawkeys’ proposal to build a house on their Kimball Pond parcel (as referenced above) was considered. Alan is their contractor and agent and the Board has received an email authorizing him to act in this capacity. He thus recused himself from the Board’s formal deliberations in this matter. It was agreed that a silt fence and best practices will be required and that scarified soil must be seeded and mulched. No plumbing permit has been issued yet. Creston will check the flood maps and Alan will provide a sketch.

  • Based on Alan’s verbal representations, and on its site visit, and assuming a favorable flood map review, the Board determined that, upon receipt of a sketch and plumbing permit, the project as outlined above:

  1. Will maintain safe and healthful conditions;
  2. Will not result in water pollution, erosion, or sedimentation to surface waters;
  3. Will adequately provide for the disposal of all wastewater;
  4. Will not have an adverse impact on spawning grounds, fish, aquatic life, bird or other wildlife habitat;
  5. Will conserve shore cover and visual, as well as actual, points of access to inland waters;
  6. Will protect archaeological and historic resources as designated in the comprehensive plan;
  7. Will avoid problems associated with floodplain development and use; and
  8. Is in conformance with the provisions of Section 15, Land Use Standards.

The Board then voted 4 – 0 to authorize Creston to issue the usual permit by letter for the project. The meeting adjourned at 7:40 PM.

Creston Gaither, secretary 

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