Planning Board Meeting - April 26, 2023

Meeting Date
Waine Whittier, Alan Williams, Creston Gaither, Ed Lawless, Tim Bickford, Andy Dunbar, Lory Zamboni





At 6:20 PM Regular members Waine Whittier, Alan Williams, Creston Gaither, Ed Lawless, and Tim Bickford met with Jeff Castonguay at his Flying Pond property shown on Tax Map 11 as Lot 60-H to consider his proposal to build a wooden staircase thereon between his house and the pond. The Board then briefly visited the neighboring Medina property regarding some trees the owners would like to remove. The regular meeting convened at the Town House at 7:00 PM with the aforesaid members present; also present were Andy Dunbar of Thayer Engineering, and Lory Zamboni. Minutes of the February 22 meeting were read and accepted.


Andy is consulting with Greg and Carrie Schulze, owners of land at 568 Ithiel Gordon Road depicted on tax map 11 as lot 43-P. He attended the Board’s March meeting regarding this parcel. The Schulzes would like to amend their previous proposal to include a storage building on a slab with a frost wall, being basically a garage with storage room overhead. Andy presented a fairly detailed site plan of which he will send Creston a copy.He said that no plumbing is involved and was told a Notification of Construction permit will be required. Estimated total cost for the project is $25,000. It was noted that the usual erosion control measures etc. will be required.


Based on its on-site observations and Andy’s site plan and verbal representations, and a subsequent examination of the pertinent flood hazard map, 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 Section 15, Land Use Standards.


The Board voted 5-0 to authorize Creston to issue the requisite permits.


Lory Zamboni presented a preliminary plan of the proposed Kohtala Trust land subdivision. Creston said a written application has been drawn up and he will bring it to the next meeting. It was agreed that a dated receipt for a complete application can be issued once the soil test boring locations have been added to the preliminary plan. Creston will get these locations from the site evaluator and revise the plan to show the borings.


It was noted that the Subdivision Ordinance prohibits construction in a subdivision prior to subdivision approval. Section 6A of the Ordinance was reviewed; it appears that the Board can waive the construction prohibition if circumstances warrant. It was agreed that a Notification of Construction permit for the house Lory is planning could be issued; the Board voted 4 – 0 to allow this; with Creston recused from the vote.


The Castonguay proposal was discussed. Alan said that any post holes needed will be hand dug, and that no trees are to be cut.


It was agreed that portions of the existing footpath which remain uncovered are to be stabilized with mulch or crushed stone.


The usual findings of fact were made; it was voted 4 – 0 to authorize Creston to issue the requisite permits.


The meeting adjourned at 8:05 PM


Creston Gaither,secretary





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