Planning Board Meeting - May 23, 2018

Meeting Date
Waine Whittier, Alan Williams, Creston Gaither, Tim Bickford, Jim Meader, Neal Schultz



At 6:00 PM regular members Waine Whittier, Alan Williams, Creston Gaither, and Tim Bickford met with contractor Jim Meader  at Jim and Sherri Shunney’s site on Whittier Pond, depicted on tax map 11 as lot 6-T, to consider their proposal to build a single family dwelling on the parcel, the Board noted that both the proposed septic field area and the proposed house site appear to be well-elevated above the pond.

At 6:20 the Board  met with Scott Horne at Ricci Viscusi’s parcel on Flying Pond (depicted on tax map 11 as lot 11-H), to informally discuss the buildability of this lot. Very steep slopes were noted; it was agreed that the Shoreland Zoning ordinance should be reviewed regarding slope and applicable regulations. Creston has surveyed this lot and will check his field notes for data pertinent to its slope.

At 6:45 the Board met with builder Neal Schultz on Gregory and Carrie Schulze’s lot on Parker Pond, depicted on tax map 11 as lot 43-P.They have a small shed about 8 or 10 feet from the pond near the southwesterly corner of the property, and would like to make it a screened in gazebo. Prior owner Ray Anderson’s casual recreational use of the shed in the past was noted.  The Board agreed to discuss this proposal at its imminent meeting at the Town House .

At  7:10 PM the Board convened its formal meeting at the Town House, being joined there by Jim and Neal. Minutes of the April 25 meeting were read and accepted.

The Shunneys’ proposal was reviewed with Jim, whom they have authorized in writing to act as their agent in this matter. Jim was advised that he will need a subsurface waste disposal (SSWD) permit.

Based on Jim's sketch and verbal representations,and its site visit, and contingent upon issuance of a SSWD permit, 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.

The Board then voted unanimously to authorize Creston to issue the usual SZO permit by letter for this proposal.

The Schulzes’ proposal was  discussed. Section 12.C.5 of  the SZO was reviewed briefly. It was noted that the SZO does not define “change of use,” which requires  a written application and a SZO permit. The Board voted 4- 0 that given the context of the SZO and its intended purposes  and its lack of a definition of “change of use,” the Schulzes’ proposal does not constitute a  change of use  and thus does not  require a permit.  Creston will check the flood maps as it was noted that portions of the Parker Pond flood zone are known to extend unusually far inland from the shoreline.

Regarding the aforementioned Viscusi lot, the SZO was reviewed with regard to steep slopes—slope is not discussed in the Ordinance except in its definition of a Resource Protection District, and the SZO map clearly shows that this lot lies within the Limited Residential District.                                                     

The Meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM.

Creston Gaither, secretary

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