Planning Board Meeting - May 22, 2019

Meeting Date
Alan Williams, Creston Gaither, Ed Lawless, Tim Bickford, Jim and Kathy Meader




At 6:30 PM regular members, Alan Williams, Creston Gaither, Ed Lawless, and Tim Bickford met with Jim and Kathy Meader on their Flying Pond property, depicted on, depicted on 2019 tax map 10 as lot 104, to consider their proposal to remove the existing  camp which is about 15 feet from the water and replace it with a 1000 sf cabin with a setback of about 25 feet from the pond at high water mark. The Board has visited the site in the past and found that the site is fairly level and well-vegetated and that soil erosion is unlikely to be a problem. However, FEMA’s most recent flood map indicates that the site lies within flood hazard zone AE, which has a published Base Flood Elevation (BFE) of 348 (NAVD 88). Jim & Kathy believe that they have documentation showing that this is not an issue.The Board understands that a septic system suitable for 4 bedrooms is already in place, and that the new structure is to be placed on a concrete slab.  The aforesaid regular members convened the Board’s regular meeting at 7:00 at the Town House, electing Alan Acting Chairman in Waine Whittier’s absence. The Board continued its discussion of the Meaders’ proposal and was joined by Jim Meader. The Board reviewed Shoreland Zoning Ordinance requirements pertaining to the expansion of non-conforming uses, and discussed the proposal further. The Board agreed that the floodplain issue could be resolved by the imposition of a condition requiring the slab to be elevated at least one foot above the aforesaid BFE. Jim said he could not find the aforesaid floodplain documentation. He provided a written soil erosion control plan.

Based on Jim’s on-site verbal representations and its site visit, and an examination of the pertinent flood hazard map, and in view of the proposed condition regarding the floodplain, 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 4 – 0 to authorize Creston  to issue a SZO permit for this work in the usual form of a letter, subject to the following condition:


1). The concrete slab supporting the new structure is to be elevated at least one foot above the BFE of 348  NAVD 88.

Ed updated the Board on the broadband committee he is on. Fact finding is in progress. A major concern is the disparity between a “fiber to the home” approach and the new “5G method,” which requires a tower every 1 or 2 thousand feet. Ed and Jim Anderberg are the Vienna representatives to the committee. Details of the possibilities were discussed informally and in general terms.

The meeting adjourned at 7:40 PM.

Creston Gaither, secretary

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