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Planning Board Minutes 01/06/2009

SOUTH BERWICK PLANNING BOARD
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
January 6, 2009
7:00 PM

ROLL CALL

Present: Cheryl Dionne (Chairman), Brad Christo, Mimi Demers, John Stirling, Bill Straub, Bruce Whitney and Jim Fisk (Planner).

Not Present: Richard Clough.

Susie Scott was taking minutes.

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Dionne called the Planning Board meeting to order at 7:02 PM.

Mr. Straub, alternate, will be a voting member at this meeting.

MINUTES APPROVAL

November 18, 2008 - Regular Meeting: Motion by Mrs. Demers, second by Mr. Stirling to accept minutes as written, passed unanimously.

December 9, 2008 - Rescheduled Meeting: Motion by Mr. Stirling, second by Mr. Straub to accept minutes as amended, passed unanimously.

December 16, 2008 - Regular Meeting: Motion by Mr. Christo, second by Mr. Stirling to accept minutes as written, passed unanimously.

December 16, 2008 - Site Walk: MSP#08-02 Our Lady of the Angels Parish: Motion by Mr. Stirling, second by Mr. Straub to accept minutes as written, passed unanimously.

PUBLIC AUDIENCE

David Burke, 128 Knight's Pond Road, requested the opportunity to speak to Item #1, Old Business and Ordinance Updates - Review of Proposed Table B with dimensional concept illustrations.

CORRESPONDENCE
- none.

NEW BUSINESS

Chairman Dionne requested application review under "New Business" be moved ahead of "Old Business" with Board approval.

1. SP#08-05; Optometry Office - Paul M. Vasapoli (Map 28 Lot 10): Site Plan - Change of Use.

Applicant, Paul Vasapoli, presented his application for an optical shop for 257 Main Street with no proposed exterior changes other than the existing sign to be re-painted. He will receive standard UPS deliveries.

Motion by Mr. Christo, second by Mr. Stirling to waive the parking criteria for this application, passed unanimously.

Motion by Mr. Straub, second by Mrs. Demers to accept the application as presented, passed unanimously.
OLD BUSINESS and ORDINANCE UPDATES

1. Review of Proposed Table B with dimensional concept illustrations: Continued with handouts provided at the meeting.

Mr. Fisk presented the Board with a PowerPoint presentation illustrating conceptual designs of the proposed BR Zone on Main Street. Board members reviewed the following handouts:
- Potential Dimensional Standards - BR Zone: Concept sketch illustrating potential changes to Table B.
- Memo from Jim Fisk: Business Residential Zone research/Proposed lot coverage standards.
- Aerial photos of proposed BR Zone.

The Board discussed adding note #18 to Table B Index that would preclude the construction of a building or parking area in front the existing building footprint. Issues of concern include maintaining the streetscape and appropriate density.

Mr. Fisk discussed including a maximum street frontage requirement to Table B in order to avoid the combining of lots. The Board would need to write a district description of the BR Zone.

Mr. Whitney noted information related to Central Street and ROW issues could be accessed on the website for the Registry of Deeds. Planning Board requested the Planning Staff research the ownership with regard to associated frontage issues in order to determine if frontage on Central Street is relevant to the BR Zone.

OTHER

- none.

MEMBER COMMENTS

Mr. Christo: Requested all members receive a copy of the Comprehensive Plan.

Mr. Whitney: Thanked Mr. Fisk and Mrs. Scott for the presentation related to Review of Proposed Table B and the proposed BR Zone.

Chairman Dionne: Requested members write up recommended goals for 2009.

Dates & Times for Upcoming Meetings:
01/20/09 - 7:00 PM Planning Board Regular Meeting.
02/03/09 - 7:00 PM Planning Board Regular Meeting.

Motion by Mr. Whitney, second by Mr. Stirling to adjourn the meeting. The meeting was adjourned without objection at 9:18 PM.

ATTESTED: Susie Scott
Susie Scott,
Assistant to the Director of Planning & Economic Development