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Veazie Planning Board 12/10/2001
Town of Veazie Planning Board
Minutes of December 10, 2001 Meeting

John Manter called the meeting to order @ 7:01 pm.

Present:  Board Members:  John Manter, Steve Shaler, Harold Pinkham
Town Officials:  William Reed (Manager), Allan Thomas (CEO), Robb Freeman (Comp. Plan), Beckie-Jo Woods (Deputy Clerk)
Applicant Representatives:  Marilyn Geiser and Glen Geiser
Members of the Public:  Suzanne Malis-Anderson and Byron Perry

Consideration of Minutes:  November 13, 2001:

-Terry Studley moved to accept the November 13, 2001 minutes as prepared.
-Harold Pinkham seconded the motion.  All members were in favor.

Item 1.  Bangor Car Care Site Plan Review:

Glen Geiser stated that his proposal is for the use of the old JC auto building located on State Street.  He mentioned that his car care business is currently operating in Bangor and Brewer and he felt that it would benefit the Town of Veazie also.

-Allan Thomas explained that the Geisers have not received the title for the property from Jeff LaCombe, and he requested that it be a condition of approval.
-John Manter stated that the title needs to be presented before the public hearing.
-Byron Perry explained that he is the current owner of the property with the lease belonging to Jeff LaCombe.  He also stated that he was not informed of these negotiations until just before the meeting and there is another party involved with the property.  He refused to turn over the title to the Geisers.
-Glen Geiser withdrew his proposal.

-John Manter called for a short recess.
-John Manter called the meeting back to order @ 7:15 p.m.

Item 2:  Update on the Comprehensive Plan:

-Bill stated that the Council reviewed the Comprehensive Plan at the last meeting and will go over it again when it is completed.  He also mentioned that they would be looking into hiring a consultant for neighborhood focus groups.  The focus groups will be used for creating scoring systems to find the best locations for recreation, conservation etc.

-Steve Shaler inquired as to who will oversee these focus groups.
-Bill explained that the Town Council, Planning Board, Allan Thomas and himself could oversee the focus groups.
-Terry Studley asked if any of the large landowners in the Town are willing to participate in the focus groups.
-Bill stated that Barney Silver is willing to participate.

-Robb Freeman gave the following updates that he has completed and entered into the Comprehensive Plan.
1.   Implementation Strategy:  The timeline for implementation is completed.
2.   Population:  All of the regional data available has been entered.
3.   Housing:  The data from the 1990 census ha been entered.  Robb compared the amount of affordable housing the Town currently has, and the 1990 data is adequate.  Roughly 20% of the households in 1990 were considered affordable.  Robb also mentioned that he did not change the implementation strategy for the housing.  He stated that it currently said one in twenty houses that are built would be affordable.  He explained that the formula needs to be changed because 20% is not one in twenty houses.

-Bill suggested stating that if the number of affordable housing falls below a certain percentage, the Planning Board will take the necessary steps to correct the problem.  The Planning Board agreed.

4.      Historic & Archeological:  Robb explained that he changed some of the wording in this section.  He also mentioned that he spoke with the State Planning Office and they suggested that the Town have survey work done.
5.      Land Use:  The area around the proposed business park would be designated C-2.
6.      Secondary Rural:  The entire area of I-95 will be designated Secondary not Industrial.

-John Manter suggested that Robb make the final changes before presenting the Comprehensive Plan to the Council at the January Council meeting.

-Next Planning Board meeting:  January 7, 2002.

-Terry Studley moved to adjourn the meeting @ 8:00 p.m.
-Harold Pinkham seconded the motion
-All members were in favor.

Respectively Submitted By:

Beckie-Jo Woods


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