Planning Board Meeting - March 22, 2017

Meeting Date
Waine Whittier, Ed Lawless, Alan Williams, Creston Gaither, Tom Ferraro and Burt Whittier



The meeting convened at 7:00 PM at the Town House. Regular members present were Waine Whittier, Ed Lawless, Alan Williams, and Creston Gaither. Also present were Tom Ferraro and Burt Whittier. Minutes of the January 25 meeting were read and accepted. Note that no formal meeting was held in February. Creston and Waine met at the Town House on February 22 but, lacking a quorum, no formal business was conducted.

Tom Ferraro presented his application for a temporary dock on land his parents own which is depicted on tax map 11 as lot 45, on Parker Pond, including a Google Earth photo showing the proposed dock location. He was advised that Section C of the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance is the pertinent article. He has already obtained a Building Ordinance permit for a proposed structure on this parcel, and said that Code Enforcement Officer John Archard has determined that the structure site is at least 250 feet from the pond at high water mark. He presented a letter from the parcel’s owners (his parents) authorizing him to act as their agent in this matter. Given that the proposal is minimal and Creston and Alan have been to it a number of times the Board agreed to waive the usual site visit.

Based on Tom’s application and verbal representations and the Board’s knowledge of the site, the Board concluded that this project:

  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.

Tom said he expects Hammond Lumber Company to install the dock (though they are not yet formally committed)—he expects them to cart it from the house site to the installation site and was advised that cutting out a new path will not be permitted. And that a 6 foot wide meandering path would be permissible.

The Board voted 4 – 0 to authorize Creston to issue the usual permit by letter.

Burt Whittier inquired about regulations controlling a multi-unit building on a single parcel, i.e. a duplex with 2 units. He was advised that doing this on a relatively recent outconveyance could create third division that could trigger subdivision review requirements. He noted that it would be a commercial structure and was advised that Vienna has no ordinances specifically addressing commercial structures.

Prospective new Board members were informally discussed.

The meeting adjourned at 7:50 PM.

Creston Gaither, secretary

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