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Planning Minutes 05/17/2017

SOUTH BERWICK PLANNING BOARD
Regular Meeting
Date: 5-17-2017
ROLL CALL:
Present: Paul Steinhauer, William Straub, Warren Spencer, Manley Gove, Mallory Cook, Joseph Rousselle, CEO and Kathy Connor, SMPDC
 
CALL TO ORDER:
Mr. Steinhauer called the meeting to order at 6:32 p.m.
 
MINUTES APPROVAL:
Motion to approve minutes of 5/3/17 Regular Meeting by Mr. Spencer, second by Mr. Gove.  VOTE: 3-0
 
PUBLIC AUDIENCE:
Patrick O’Brien, 31 Springtree Lane
Tom Howarth, Punkintown Rd
 
CORRESPONDENCE:  
Mr. O’Brien is looking at Lunch Box on Agamenticus Rd and interested in turning it into a restaurant with seating and removing grocery aspect of business.  He would like to request a change to Zoning Table A to allow restaurants to be opened in areas other than allowed now.  This is currently in R1 District, and Table A currently states that in R1 and R2 must have frontage on Rt. 236 and Rt. 4. 
 
Mr. Straub explained that the process needs to be examined for all aspects of what the change might mean and then would proceed to Town Council for approval and adoption of amendment.  This is a process that takes a while.
 
NEW BUSINESS:  Introduce new Planning Board Member (Mallory Cook)
 
OLD BUSINESS: Ordinance Review: Article VI-Section 140-77 (Site Plan Review)
Mr. Straub and Mr. Spencer are happy with changes that Ms. Connor made from comments at the last meeting and they have no comments at this time.
 
Mr. Straub made a motion to accept the final Draft of Chapter 140-77 modifications and previously accepted modifications to Chapter 120 and move them to Town Manager and Town Council for their review and invite them to a Workshop to discuss, and second by Mr. Spencer.  VOTE: 3-0
 
OTHER: Site renewal on Punkintown Road (Tom Howarth)
Mr. Howarth is before the Planning Board tonight because the permit he received for Punkintown Road was in 2014 and it has expired.  He was limited in starting earlier because his finances were exhausted, but he has started work on the project (lot has been cut, erosion control and State of Maine has been out to check erosion).
 
Nothing has been changed from original plan, but at this time he is financially set and ready to proceed but he is not sure what the completion timeline would be.
 
Mr. Straub stated that he feels there is no way to get around needing a new application and Ms. Connor agreed.
 
Mr. Straub asked Joe Rousselle if he was comfortable monitoring the construction, if not he feels that they have another permit condition.  Mr. Howarth said that he has an Engineer (Lou Chamberlain) monitoring the project.
 
Ms. Connor will find Findings of Fact from original application.
 
MEMBER COMMENTS:
Mr. Gove expressed concern over accepted ordinance changes not being made available to the public.  They are not on line and they do not know that they have to come ask the Town Clerk for a copy.  Mr. Straub agrees with this.
 
Mr. Straub made a motion to communicate with Town Manger and Town Council asking for changes to be made available immediately on line and in print, second by Mr. Gove.  VOTE: 3-0
 
The Planning Board is uncomfortable that current written code is not immediately available to the public.
Motion by Mr. Straub and second by Mr. Gove to adjourn the Regular Meeting at 7:31 p.m.  VOTE: 3-0
 
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