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Veazie Planning Board 01/07/2002
    Town of Veazie Planning Board
Minutes of January 7, 2002 Meeting

Chris Cronan called the meeting to order @ 7:05 p.m.

Present: Board Members: Chris Cronan (Chairman), Harold Pinkham, Terry Studley, Suzanne Malis-Anderson (associate member), John Manter (arrived at 8:15 p.m.)
Town Officials: William Reed (Manager), Allan Thomas (CEO), Robb Freeman (Comp. Plan), Beckie-Jo Woods (Assistant Clerk)
Applicant Representatives: Barb Dalton & William Dalton (applicants), Don Becker (CES)
 Members of the Public: Esther Bushway, Ronald King, Janice King, Earlene Leville, Joyce, Leville, Steven Thebarge

Consideration of Minutes:

-Terry Studley mentioned that he was in attendance at the previous meeting and his name was not in the minutes.
- Chris Cronan moved to accept the 12/10/01 minutes with the addition of Terry Studley’s name.
-Terry Studley seconded the motion.
-All members were in favor.

Item 1: Completion Review for Dalton Subdivision:

Harold Pinkham read through the site plan review checklist. The following sections were considered pending: Fees: Part of the fees have been submitted. Street, Sidewalks and Access Stormwater, Sanitary Waste, Potable Water Reserved Areas Natural Features, Conditions of Preservation-In preparation Landscaping, Buffering and Screening Lighting Erosion and Sedimentation Public Water Supply Public Sewer Stormwater Disposal Fire Protection Police Protection Educational Services Photographs Performance Guarantees-condition of approval Legal documents Technical and Financial Capacity-Engineer and other professionals

-Chris Cronan moved to accept the site plan review substantially complete with the exception of the pending sections listed above.
-Terry Studley seconded the motion.
-All members were in favor.

-Chris Cronan mentioned that he would like to see a refocused soil map and an index for Section, Soils. Don Becker stated that he would show soil unit boundaries and include an index.

-There was discussion about the buffer strips that will be used for part of the open space. Chris Cronan stated that using buffers as open space and selling it to the abutters is not what the land use ordinance calls for. Suzanne Malis-Anderson agreed with Chris.

-William Reed stated that himself and Allan Thomas spoke with Don Becker and they are not opposed to the buffer strips being used as open space. He stated that the buffer strips will eliminate all of the property lines issues that are seen on some subdivisions.

-Barb Dalton explained that they are working with their lawyer to develop covenants for the properties and buffer strips.

-Don Becker inquired as to whether they can continue with the current open space plan or do they need to revise it.

-Chris Cronan stated that the plan could continue with the open space as it is, but not including the right of way as part of the open space.

-Allan Thomas stated that he felt the subdivision plan is ready to go to public hearing in February and if there are still issues that are not taken care of by then, the public hearing can be continued.
-The Planning Board agreed that the public hearing would be scheduled for February 4, 2002.

Item 2: Update on the Comprehensive Plan:

-John Manter took his seat with the Planning Board at this time.

-Chris Cronan mentioned that the first two sentences of section E, and the first sentences of Section C, paragraph 2, focus more on the negative than the positive. Section E reads as follows:
“White this evidence indicates that housing in Ve4azie is more expensive, in general, than in the rest of the county, Table J-7 suggests that incomes in Veazie seem to be increasing at a faster rate than housing costs. “
Section C reads as follows:
“Based on the available data, then, Veazie appears to have a relatively small shortage of affordable housing.”

-Robb Freeman stated that he would work on the wording for the affordable housing sections and the implementation strategy. He also mentioned that Table J-7 in the plan is new.

-John Manter inquired as to whether the Board needs approval from the State before the plan can go to the Council.

-William Reed and Allan Thomas agreed that the Council should approve the plan before it is submitted to the State for final approval. William stated that if the State wants something changed, the Planning Board could take the necessary steps to correct it.

-Chris Cronan moved to have a final copy of the Comprehensive Plan for each Planning Board member by the February 4th meeting.
-John Manter seconded the motion.
-All members were in favor.

-Chris Cronan mentioned the Master Plan and asked if steps have been taken to start this project.
-William Reed stated that he has discussed the Master Plan with different consultants and they all requested a copy of the Comprehensive Plan before they would start working on a Master Plan.

-John Manter suggested putting ½ hour of each Planning Board meeting aside solely for discussion of the Master Plan.

-Terry Studley moved to adjourn the meeting @ 9:00 p.m.
-Chris Cronan seconded the motion.
-All members were in favor.

Respectfully Submitted By:

Beckie-Jo Woods
Deputy Clerk


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