Planning Board Meeting - June 27, 2018

Meeting Date
Waine Whittier, Ed Lawless, Creston Gaither, and Tim Bickford, Adam Gottlieb, Mark McAuliffe, Don Ripley, Alan Williams


At 6:00 PM regular members Waine Whittier, Ed Lawless, Creston Gaither, and Tim Bickford met with contractor Adam Gottlieb and owner Mark McAuliffe on Mark’s property on Whittier Pond, depicted on tax map 11 as lot 6-7, to consider his proposal to enlarge the existing deck by 4 feet and construct a dormer on the roof of the existing house, and to remove the existing steps to the pond and to construct new steps to  the pond to within 30  or 40  feet of the existing dock, and to construct  a 6-foot wide meandering trail from near the house to the dock, and to build or install a 12’ x 20’ shed at the start of the trail, and to expand the existing stone parking area northerly of the house and remove a 15 inch +/- existing hemlock in this area, and to install a kayak and canoe rack at the shore.

At 6:50 PM the Board met with Don Ripley on his Flying Pond property depicted on Tax Map 10 as Lot 34, to discuss his proposal  to remove two 24” +/- oaks near the southwesterly corner of the parcel; he believes they’re damaged and likely to fall.

At  7:10 PM the Board convened its formal meeting at the Town House, being joined there by Mark and Don and regular member Alan Williams. Minutes of the May 23 meeting were read and accepted.

Don Ripley’s proposal was discussed first. Shoreland Zoning Ordinance (SZO) Sect. P.(2)(e) was briefly reviewed. Waine noted that item 5 in Table 1 in the ordinance indicates that this type of timber harvest is permitted in the Limited Residential Zone without a permit. Don was advised that if he removes these trees in accordance with the SZO he will not need a permit. He said that All Seasons Tree of Belgrade will do the work. Creston will email Don confirming the Board’s finding.

The Board then discussed Mark McAuliffe’s proposal.

As to the steps: it was agreed that erosion control measures and best practices should be employed  during construction.

Regarding  the parking area: if excavation becomes necessary on the northerly side of the driveway, erosion control measures must also be taken.

As to the meandering path: it must not create a line of sight.

Regarding the dormer,  no SZO permit is required, but a Notification of Construction permit must be obtained.

As to the kayak and canoe rack: it was agreed that unless it has a roof it is not a “structure” as defined in the  SZO.

Based on Mark's sketch and verbal representations and on its site visit, and a favorable review of the flood hazard maps, The Board determined that 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 SZO Section 15, Land Use Standards.

It was voted 5 – 0 to authorize Creston to issue the usual permit by letter for the proposal.
The Meeting adjourned at 7:55 PM.

Creston Gaither, secretary


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