Planning Board Meeting - June 26, 2019

Meeting Date
Waine Whittier, Alan Williams, Creston Gaither, Ed Lawless, and Tim Bickford



At 6:10 PM regular members, Waine Whittier, Alan Williams, Creston Gaither, Ed Lawless, and Tim Bickford met with Jon Vigneult at his property on Vienna Shores Road depicted on tax map 10 as Lot 7-W to discuss his proposal to  build a 24’ x 28’ camp on the lot. The lot has essentially been cleared, and slopes somewhat. Jon says CEO Gary Fuller told him no permit was necessary for the clearing as it’s not a timber harvest. 1 or 2 more trees would need to come down for the proposed construction. Jon provided architect’s drawings and a site sketch. He has SSWD permit # 2019 – 1. He will also need a 2-foot  retaining wall in front of the proposed septic system chambers (as per his SSWD permit).

At 6:30  said Board members met with Paul Fontaine on his site shown on tax map 11 as lots V-19 – 21. He would like to put a 12’ x 16’ platform with a kayak rack on the slope between the road and Flying Pond. His cottage is on the westerly side of the road; the proposed platform site appears to  be less than 100 feet from the pond.

The Board’s regular meeting convened at the Town House at 7:00 PM with the aforesaid members present along with Paul Fontaine. The permit approved for  Jim & Kathy Meader (see May 22 minutes) was further discussed. Waine wondered why the 100’ setback requirement was not further discussed by the Board in May. Sect. 12.C.4 of the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance was reviewed and it was agreed that the phrase “greatest extent practicable” was the Board’s basis for issuing the permit. It was agreed that this should have been spelled out in both the minutes and the permit. Minutes of the May 22 meeting were otherwise  read and accepted.

Paul Fontaine’s aforesaid proposal to build a platform was reviewed. The 100-foot setback requirement was read out loud. It was noted that applicants getting the SZO from the Town website have been getting the 2009 ordinance. Creston will look into this.

The rule describing permissible retaining walls at least 25 feet from the water was reviewed. Paul was advised that no deck or platform would be permissible this close to the lake. But with a showing that there is some erosion in the area (as described in the SZO) a retaining wall and backfilled area behind it might be permissible. He was given copies of the most recent SZO pages 11 – 13. Rules for a temporary dock as an alternative were reviewed briefly.

Jon Vigneault and Erika Ouellette-Vigneault appeared.  The Board reviewed their proposal as outlined above. Bill Webster is their builder. Zach Blaisdell will do the concrete. Creston will check the pertinent flood hazard map. All concurred that the cutting observed on the lot would be necessary for the proposed construction.   

Based on Jon’s on-site verbal representations and its site visit, and an 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 then voted 5 – 0 to authorize Creston  to issue a SZO permit for this work in the usual form of a letter, subject to the usual provisions for best management practices, erosion control, etc.

The meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM.

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                                                                                Creston Gaither, secretary

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