Planning Board Meeting - October 25, 2023




On October 15, regular members Creston Gaither, Alan Williams, Ed Lawless, and Tim Bickford met with Joe and Leah Tuite at their Flying Pond lot at 6 South Herrin Woods Rd. to consider their proposal to extend the existing deck on their house and to construct stairs between the deck and a proposed landing at the pond. Very steep slopes were noted. Based on its on-site observations and the Tuites’ verbal representations, a site drawing they provided, 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 Vienna’s Shoreland Zoning Ordinance (SZO), Section 15, Land Use Standards.


The Tuites asked that the Board delay permit approval until Spring in order to extend the 2 year window for project completion.


The Board’s regular meeting convened on October 25 at the Town House at 7:00 PM. Members present were as listed above along with Waine Whittier. Jerry Lynch was also present. Minutes of the September 27 meeting were read and accepted.


Jerry Lynch appeared regarding a lot at 17 Waite Road shown on tax map 10 as lot 36. He is representing the owners, the Burnetts. He presented a sketch and a letter from Candice Burnett authorizing Lynch Landscaping to represent her. The Burnetts would like to flatten the area below the existing retaining wall. Jerry says the surface is infested with coltsfoot, an invasive plant which could create erosion problems in the future. MMA attorney Susanne Pilgrim’s recent email to Waine was reviewed briefly. She advised us to contact DEP. Jerry was advised that a site visit would be required for a Shoreland Zoning Ordinance permit. Waine will contact DEP and see if they want to participate in a site visit. Waine will contact Jerry when the Board is ready to proceed.


Thomas Greaton’s permit of August 4, 2022 for land shown on tax map 2 as lot 9 was discussed. It appears that a concrete pad has been placed on the parcel when the permit may have expired. Waine will try to contact Mr. Greaton about this.


Mark Rains appeared at 7:30. He has obtained SSWD permit # 016 - 23 for the project he outlined at the September meeting for his land shown on tax map 10 as lot 75. He was therefore given a Notification of Construction permit.


The meeting adjourned at 7:45 PM.


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Vienna Community Resilience Workshop - Nov. 28, 2023, 7pm

INVITATION TO THE VIENNA COMMUNITY RESILIENCE WORKSHOP GrowSmart Maine is working with the Town of Vienna to enroll the town in the Community Resilience Partnership. As a part of this process, all interested residents and partners are invited to a Community Resilience Workshop on Tuesday 28 November at 7pm at the Vienna Community Center. The purpose of the workshop is to review Vienna's Community Resilience self-assessment results and prioritize community actions for possible grant funding and implementation. Please feel free to share this email with other residents you believe would be interested in participating. Draft Agenda:7pm - Introduction to the Community Resilience Partnership 7.15pm - Review of Vienna Self-Assessments7.45pm - Discussion of Priority Community Actions8.30am - Next steps Please see the two draft self-assessments attached. To make sure we capture relevant information and knowledge, feel free to send me any comments or additional information you think should be included by Wednesday 22 November so that we have a final draft by the 28th. For inspiration, I have also attached two documents outlining projects that have received funding through the Community Resilience Partnership in the past. Need transportation to the workshop? Contact Neighbors Driving Neighbors in due time to request a ride.Unable to attend in person but would like to listen in? Zoom link: ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP The Community Resilience Partnership funds projects that reduce energy use and costs and/or make communities more resilient to severe weather and changing environments. The grants are given directly to communities enrolled in the partnership with no match required. To enroll, a community must meet three criteria: adopting a resolution of commitment, completing a pair of self-assessments, and holding a community workshop to prioritize initial climate resilience and clean energy actions.


Grant awards are up to $50,000 for each municipality or up to $125,000 when two or more communities’ partner on a project. These funds can be used as a match for other grants. Grants applications are usually due in March and September. Categories of project types that require no match are:

  • Transportation
  • Plan for Community  Resilience
  • Building Design
  • Reduce Flood Risk
  • Reduce Greenhouse Gas  Emissions
  • Protect Natural/Working Areas
  • Strengthen Public Health
  • Support Natural Resource Economy
  • Public Engagement

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.  I hope to see you at the Vienna Community Center on the 28th.