MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE VIENNA
PLANNING BOARD HELD SEPTEMBER 22, 2021
The meeting convened at 7:00 PM at the Town House. Regular members present were Waine Whittier, Alan Williams, Creston Gaither, Ed Lawless, and Tim Bickford; also present were Brian Rehea, representing Maine Woods and Waters LLC, and Tim Davis, Jeff Castonguay, Doug Hobbin, and Sarah Watson. Creston had advertised this meeting as a public hearing regarding the proposed Stream Road Subdivision. Minutes of the Board’s August 25 meeting were read and accepted.
Jeff Castonguay outlined a Shoreland Zoning Ordinance (SZO) permit he would like for his property at 15 South Herrin Woods Roads and shown on tax map 11 as Lot 60-H. The Board will do a site inspection there at 9:30 AM Saturday September 25.
The public hearing for the Stream Road Subdivision was then held. Tim Davis is its southerly abutter and is concerned about water and erosion and road water drainage. He says recent timber harvests have contributed to the problem. He was advised that State enforcement of its timber harvest regulations could help in this regard. Waine read out loud Section 5.E. of the Town’s Subdivision Ordinance, regarding what the Planning Board can require of the developer in this regard. Tim says timber harvests have generated more problems than has the road, and that the existing diversion ditches are working well. Soil erosion control requirements outlined on the Final subdivision plan were read out loud. Waine said that the Town’s Code Enforcement Officer would likely have enforcement power in this matter. Tim said a new pin at the southwesterly corner of the subdivision is a few feet from the original pin set in the ‘90’s. He was advised that this is a legal question and not something the Planning Board can resolve. The discrepancy is evidently fairly small.
It was agreed that the transparency mentioned in the Subdivision Ordinance would not be necessary as State law no longer requires a transparency for recording.
Required findings of fact as per M.R.S.A. Title 30-A § 4404 were read aloud and no objections were voiced by either the Board or the public attendees. The Board then voted 5 – 0 to approve the subdivision and signed copies that Brian Rehea had brought with him; he will have a signed copy recorded at the Registry of Deeds soon.
The meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM.
Creston Gaither, secretary