Ordinance Review Committee Minutes

Ordinance Review Committee Minutes - Oct. 19, 2017

Meeting Date
Jim Anderberg and Susan Burns, VORC; Dodi Thompson, 1st Selectman; Waine Whittier, Planning Board Chairman

The Ordinance Review Committee (VORC) met Thursday, October 19th at the Town House at 6:30 pm. Present were Jim Anderberg and Susan Burns, VORC; Dodi Thompson, 1st Selectman; Waine Whittier, Planning Board Chairman

The first discussion item was the VOR Committee makeup, size and tasks. Those present agreed to the expansion of the Committee from three members (one seat is currently vacant) to five and the inclusion of a Planning Board member as one of the three new appointees. The Selectmen will appoint the new members. Meetings  of the Committee will resume after the appointments have been made and a need for ordinance work has been determined.

The second discussion item pertained to Planning Board ordinance work. Waine indicated the Planning Board is considering proposed amendments to Vienna's Shoreland Zoning Ordinance in line with the Maine State Shoreline Zoning Guidelines.


The last item involved a general discussion of the referendum and laws pertaining to marijuana. The State has yet to address the law, which may occur either later this year or in 2018.

The meeting adjourned at 7:10 pm.


Susan Burns

Ordinance Review Committee Minutes - May 18, 2017

Meeting Date
Susan Burns was the only committee member to attend. Dodi Thompson also attended.

There was not a quorum so no business was conducted. Susan and Dodi briefly discussed the resignation of Marianne Archard, the recent repeal of the Building Ordinance and reinstatement of the Notification of Construction, the possible enlargement of the committee, and the suspension of committee meetings through the summer until the third Thursday in September or October 2017 so the Board of Selectmen can recruit and appoint additional members.

The meeting ended at 7 pm.

-Susan Burns 

Ordinance Review Committee Minutes - Mar. 16, 2017

Meeting Date
Jim Anderberg, Marianne Archard, Tim Bickford, Stanley Webster, Waine Whittier

Discussion of the two opposing ordinances that were passed at the March 10 vote.

Discussion of what can be done to work out clarification and compromises to the building ordinance.

Two of the selectmen, Dodi Thompson and Chris Smith joined the meeting and discussion turned to whether to have a special election decide how to handle the conflicting articles passed during the 3-10 vote. It was agreed that a special election would be the most fair. Meeting adjourned 8:10 PM.

- Marianne Archard

Ordinance Review Committee Minutes - January 19, 2017

Meeting Date
Marianne Archard and Susan Burns

The Ordinance Review Committee met Thursday, January 19th at the Town House at 6:30 pm.  Marianne Archard and Susan Burns attended.

The first discussion item covered review of the proposed ordinance amendments on road setbacks and mobile home park subdivisions. Marianne agreed to make the changes necessary for the February public hearing.

The second discussion item concerned the public hearing date, time and location, set for the Ordinance Review Committee's regular meeting, February 19th at 7 pm in the Town House.

The discussion then covered the Committee's report for the Vienna 2016 Town Report and public notice for the February public hearing.  Susan agreed to draft the Committee's annual report and ordinance warrant articles and the public hearing notice.  Marianne agreed to post the public hearing notices with the proposed amendments at the Town House and Post Office and to send them to Jim Anderberg to post on the Town's website.

The meeting adjourned at 7:10 pm.

Ordinance Review Committee Minutes - December 15, 2016

Meeting Date
Jim Anderberg, Marianne Archard and Susan Burns

The Ordinance Review Committee met Thursday, December 15th at the Town House at 6:30 pm. 

Committee members discussed the draft amendments to the road setback requirements following the work session with the Planning Board in November.  The November meeting resulted in a compromise, proposing a setback of a consistent 50-foot distance from public roads and maintaining a 40-foot distance from private roads in the draft amendments to road setback requirements in the Building Ordinance, Shoreland Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations. The November meeting also discussed reducing the building permit fees for so-called hoop and shed-in-a-box structures.  Susan agreed to revise the draft amendments for the Committee's January 2017 meeting.

Committee members also discussed adding the term 'mobile home parks' to the list of uses/types of residences covered by the Subdivision Regulations. The proposed changes would include applicable definitions of terms and incorporate appropriate references to Maine State statutes regarding municipal regulation of mobile home parks.  Susan agreed to draft the proposed subdivision amendments for the January 2017 meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 7:20 pm.

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