Town of Veazie Planning Board
Minutes of June 5, 2001 Meeting
Chris Cronan called the meeting to order @ 7:05 p.m.
Present: Board Members: Chris Cronan (Chairman), John Manter, Steve Shaler, Terry Studley, Town Officials: William Reed (Manager), Allan Thomas (CEO), Rod Hathaway (Chairman of Council), Joe Friedman (Councilor), Robb Freeman (Comprehensive Plan), Beckie-Jo Woods (Assistant Clerk), Applicant Representatives: James Seiler (American Concrete Representative), Kenneth and Patti Robertson (Applicants), Jim Parker (CES/Senior Project), Members of the Public: Carol Arnold, Suzanne Malis-Anderson
Consideration of Minutes:
-Chris Cronan mentioned that line 14 on page 2 of the 9-21-00 minutes currently reads, “Change to Cefer Energy from Bangor Hydro.” He stated that Cefer Energy is not a company in this area. Allan Thomas is to find out what the correct name is.
-Chris Cronan moved to accept the 9-21-00 minutes with the clarification of Cefer Energy. Terry Studley seconded the motion. – All members were in favor.
-Chris Cronan gave the secretary a copy of minor correction to be made to the 5-15-01 minutes.
-Chris Cronan moved to accept the 5-15-01 minutes with the minor corrections. John Manter seconded the motion. – All members were in favor.
Item 1: Completion Review – Robertson’s Apartment:
-Kenneth Robertson explained that he would like to tear down a 28 x 37 barn on his property and replace it with a 28 x 28 two-car garage with a one-bedroom apartment above.
-Allan Thomas explained that the Robertson’s attended the meeting for a site plan review, and this application should not be considered a subdivision. He referred to Title 30-A,
§ 4401; ¶ G of the Planning and Land Use Laws. The section reads, “Leased dwelling units are not subject to subdivision review if the municipality reviewing authority has determined that the units are otherwise subject to municipal review at least as stringent as the required under this subchapter.” He also referred to Title 30-A, § 4401, ¶ A (1) which reads, “Both dividings are accomplished by a subdivider’s own use as a single-family residence or for open space land as defined in Title 36, § 1102, for a period of at least 5 years before the 2nd dividing occurs.”
-Kenneth Robertson stated to the Planning Board that Allan Thomas was a great help to them and he went above and beyond his duties.
-Terry Studley read through the site plan review checklist and the Board deemed the following sections incomplete:
15.05.08.33-Impact on Municipal Services
-John Manter moved to grant waivers for the following sections: Chris Cronan seconded the motion. – All members were in favor.
15.05.08.08- Dimensions, District, High Water Line, Flood Elevation
15.05.08.11- Streets, Sidewalks and Access
15.05.08.17- Reserved Areas
-Chris Cronan moved to accept the application substantially complete with the following exceptions:
1. The incomplete sections are completed,
2. Exhibits 4,5,6 & 7, show the property outlined.
John Manter seconded the motion. – All members were in favor.
Item 2: Completion Review – American Concrete Expansion:
-James Seiler gave a description of the proposed expansion at American Concrete. The structure will be a mirror image of an existing building that is used for making pre-cast concrete structures. The expansion is needed to allow room for the structures to be made horizontally instead of vertically. This allows brick facing to be embedded into the concrete easier.
-Steve Shaler asked if there is any hydric soil in the area of the proposed expansion.
-James Seiler explained that the area is paved. He also stated that the acid washing would occur next to the building as it has in the past.
-Chris Cronan refers to section 15.05.08.31 and would like any temporary soil protected from erosion.
-John Manter read through the site plan review checklist and the Board deemed the following sections incomplete:
15.05.08.37- Fire Protection
15.05.08.40- Police Protection
-John Manter moved to grant waivers for the following sections, with the exceptions of sections 15.05.08.04-Title and 15.05.08.31-Erosion and Sedimentation:
15.05.08.15- Stormwater, Sanitary Waste, Potable Water
15.05.08.18- Natural Features
15.05.08.19- Historic Features
15.05.08.21- Parking and Loading
15.05.08.22- Landscaping, Buffering and Screening
15.05.08.26- Subsurface Wastewater
15.05.08.27- Hydrogeologic Assessment
15.05.08.29- Traffic Impact
15.05.08.38- Solid and Liquid Waste
15.05.08.40- Educational Services
15.05.08.48- Technical and Financial Capacity
Terry Studley seconded the motion. – All members were in favor.
-Chris Cronan moved to accept the application substantially complete with the condition that the incomplete sections are completed. John Manter seconded the motion. – All members were in favor.
-A public hearing will be held on July 9, 2001 for the Robertson’s and American Concrete’s applications.
Item 3: Senior Housing Presentation:
-Jim Parker gave a description of the Senior Housing Project. He stated there would be 20 units for residential use and the front of the building will be used as common space for the residents and different organizations within the Town of Veazie. He explained there would be ample parking for the residents, visitors, sporting events at the ball fields, and events held in the common space. Jim also mentioned that the Town would retain all right-of-ways and easements to this property.
-Jim Parker refers to Section 15.03.02.02 of the Veazie Land Use Ordinance. The section reads, “Minimum lot sizes for residences, 15,000 square feet for one dwelling unit, plus 4,000 square feet per dwelling unit for each additional dwelling unit up to four, plus 5,250 square feet per dwelling unit over four; other uses 12,000 square feet.” He asked the Board whether they interpret this to mean 4,000 square feet for two to three units, or two to four units. He also inquired as to whether the common space would be considered part of the living units or space for other uses.
-The Planning Board agreed that in Section 15.03.02.02 of the Land Use Ordinance, the 4,000 square feed is needed for two to three units, and 5,250 square feet for four or more units.
-Chris Cronan moved to deem the common space as part of the residential structure, therefore, there is no need for the extra 12,000 square feet. Terry Studley seconded the motion. – All members were in favor.
-Jim Parker referred to Title 30-A, § 4401, ¶ G of the Planning and Land Use Laws. (This section is quoted on page 1 of these minutes). He would like something in writing stating whether the Planning Board deems the Senior Housing Plan a subdivision plan or not.
The Planning Board took a consensus and the results were:
-John Manter and Terry Studley felt that the Town’s Ordinance is sufficient and the plan should not be considered subdivision.
-Chris Cronan and Steve Shaler would like the Town’s attorney, Rick Violette, to review the housing plan before a decision is made.
-Chris Cronan moved to have the Title 30-A, § 4401, ¶ G of the Planning & Land Use Laws reviewed by the Town’s attorney, Rick Violette, before a decision is made as to the subdivision status. Steve Shaler seconded the motion. – All members were in favor.
-Council Chairman Rod Hathaway stated that the council met with Jim Parker at the last meeting. He felt that this project will be beneficial to the Town, and the Planning Board should work with Penquis Cap to make the project happen.
Item 4: Silver’s Buck Hill Subdivision Continuation:
-The applicant due to materials not being ready withdrew item 4.
Item 5: Comprehensive Planning:
-Robb Freeman gave the Board a revised copy of the Comprehensive Plan. He stated that he reviewed the Census 2000 material and updated the data charts.
Items he revised were:
-Capital Improvement Plan
-Added and appendix
-Added a survey summary
-Mapping – Blank pages where maps will go
-Table of contents
-General goals at the beginning
-Robb Freeman stated that the general goals at the beginning are different from the individual section goals. He also mentioned he is waiting for some data from the Police Department.
-Manager Reed felt that the Board should hold a workshop to discuss the Comprehensive Plan and start the public hearings in the first part of August. He also stated that the Comprehensive Plan should be almost completed before the Town’s starts interviewing consultants for the Town’s master plan.
-Chairman Hathaway would like to have interviewing teams in place to start looking at consultants for the Town’s master plan; these consultants could also help with the Comprehensive Plan.
The Planning Board will meet with Robb Freeman on Thursday, June 14th at 7:00 a.m. for a workshop on the Comprehensive Plan.
-Chris Cronan moved to adjourn at 9:15 p.m.
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