Planning Board - Minutes: January 27, 2016


The meeting convened at the Town House at 7:05 PM. Regular members present were Waine Whittier, Alan Williams, Ed Lawless, and Creston Gaither. Also present were John and Marianne Archard.

The Board considered the Kellys’ proposal to remove all the pine from the area near the pond on their Flying Pond parcel depicted on tax map 10 as lot 35 and to replant the disturbed area with hemlock. Alan presented this proposal and is involved with the project and thus recused himself from the Board’s deliberations. The Board had visited the site on January 23, with licensed forester Harold Burnett present. The pines are concentrated in the center portion of the area The timber harvest section of the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance (SZO) was reviewed. The area in question lies within the Limited Residential District of the Shoreland Zone. The Board voted 3 – 0 that this proposal should be reviewed under SZO Section O(2) and not Section P. Alan presented data from Harold Burnett indicating that 27% of the trees in the center portion of the area would be harvested. Less than 30% of the trees in the other portions would be harvested. It was agreed that the SZO’s 40% limit applies to the entire area and not just to one portion. It thus appears that the 40% threshold would not be reached under the present proposal. The Board understands that the area to be most intensely harvested is to be replanted. A review of Table 1 in the SZO indicated that no permit is required for this project.

The Board moved on to a discussion of the proposed Building Ordinance, with John and Marianne representing the Ordinance Review Committee, which drafted the ordinance. Proposed amendments to Draft 1 were discussed vigorously. It was agreed that a public hearing for the proposed ordinance should be held prior to its adoption; and that the ordinance should indicate that Planning Board approval as required by the SZO must be obtained prior to the issuance of a Building Ordinance permit for any project within the Shoreland Zone.

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Creston Gaither, secretary

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