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Veazie Planning Board 09/16/2002
Town of Veazie Planning Board

Call to Order:  7:00 PM

Present:  Board members C. Cronan (Chairman), T. Studley, J. Manter (Recorder of the Minutes), and S. Malis-Anderson (seated by the Chairman); Town Official A. Thomas (CEO).

Meeting Minutes:  19 August 2002 - motion to approve as read:  C. Cronan. seconded: T. Studley, voted 4-0.

WORKSHOP DISCUSSION ON OPEN SPACE ISSUES

Draft of Transfer of Development Rights Ordinance
These following were raised and discussed -
-  Other communities' ordinance language - since only a pair of Maine municipalities have such an ordinance, it was the consensus to leave this matter to Town attorneys and explore conceptual development;
-  A. Thomas, CEO, explained his inclusion of the Groton, MA. case study as a contrast of on-going development of their TDR concept, contrasting pre- and post incentive additions;
-  Priortization of incentives - the Board examined how incentives might reflect a developer's priorities;
-  Recreation "Areas" - instead of "recreation" in general;
-  Contiguity concept - preservation of contiguous open space that preserves working trail networks and viable wildlife habitat; and
-  Reflection of priorities in the Comprehensive Plan: i. scenic views, ii. wildlife conservation; iii. buffers between different land uses; iv. trail use; v. recreation requiring facilities; vi. historic preservation; and vii. preservation of agricultural land.

Open Space Prioritization in TDR ordinance
These following were discussed -
-   Identifying developable lands in Conservation Corridor;
-  Setting out areas meeting Comprehensive plan criteria;
- High priority: connections with Town-owned property;
-  Ratio of incentives for developers using TDR:  five-to-one with lower ratios as incentive for meeting Town-owned property;
-  Ratio of incentives for developers using TDR: five-to-one with lower ratios as an incentive for meeting Town Comprehensive Plan priorities?
(J. Manter to re-craft State of Purpose section to reflect concepts developed during this discussion.)

Roads -
-  professional layout - will require Board and Planning Consultant discussion;
-  T. Studley inquired on the availability of maps & overlays.

Next meeting - 15 October
-  TDR open space issues - continued discussion
-  roads
-  buffer allowances & requirements.

Adjourned:  8:40 PM

Respectfully submitted,
John Manter

 

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