Planning Board Meeting - October 25, 2017

Meeting Date
2017-10-25
Present
Waine Whittier, Alan Williams, Creston Gaither, and Tim Bickford. Also present were Bruce and Pam Feathers and Mark Rains.

The meeting convened at the Town House at 7:00 PM; members present were Waine Whittier, Alan Williams, Creston Gaither, and Tim Bickford. Also present were Bruce and Pam Feathers and Mark Rains.

The Featherses were issued a Notification of Construction permit for a storage shed and an existing canopy shed; the property is shown on tax map 5 as lot 19.

Minutes of the Sept. 27 meeting were read and accepted.

Mark asked about Town requirements for a bed and breakfast. It was noted that only a small portion of  Mark’s house lies within the Shoreland Zone. The Shoreland Zoning Ordinance (SZO) was briefly reviewed in this regard. The Board advised Mark that nothing in the SZO would appear to preclude the operation of a bed and breakfast, and that State Plumbing Code requirements would be the most important limitation, especially as additional bedrooms would be involved. The definition of “home occupations” in the SZO was briefly reviewed. It was not clear whether it would apply to a bed and breakfast. It was suggested that the safest option would be for Mark to obtain a SZO permit. He did not make  formal application and the Board thus took no formal action in this matter.

Recent correspondence was reviewed.

Waine reported that the Ordinance Review Committee met last week and decided to suspend the committee until a pertinent issue requires it to convene. They would like to have a 5-member committee and would like to have a Planning Board member involved. The Board agreed to discuss this at a future meeting. Waine advised them of some changes to the SZO the Board may recommend for adoption at the March town meeting.

The November and December Board meeting dates were discussed. All present said they could attend the November meeting at its usual date. The Board’s suggested ordinance changes should be considered at that meeting.

The Meeting adjourned at 7:55 PM.

                                                          
                                                            Creston Gaither, secretary

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