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HomeMy Public PortalAboutPlanning Board Jan 19 2017 Minutes (PDF) Minutes of Planning Board Meeting, Janaury 19, 2017 1 Rockport, Massachusetts Planning Board Minutes of Meeting, January 19, 2017 Rockport Town Hall Annex, 7:30 p.m. Present: General Meeting and Hearing, Town Hall Annex 7:30 p.m. Meeting comes to order with Herman S. Lilja, Chairman; Edward S. Hand, Jr. Vice - Chairman; Henry T. Betts and Terence Duffy present. Cameron Smith absent. Kirk W Baker, Town Planner, present. Minutes are recorded by Mary Bourguignon, Secretary 1. 7:30 p.m. General Meeting and Discussion 2. Planners Update. Mr. Baker has set up a meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. with the Lieutenant Governor, Karyn E. Polito, to sign a Community Compact Agreement with the state to receive technical assistance with the Spring/Summer of 2017 to carry out several community visioning meetings to gain citizen input in regards to the Town’s future comprehensive planning goals. Linda Sanders, Town Administrator plans to attend. 3. Lighting By-Law Consolidation/Revision – Review of Draft 2.4. Mr. Lilja gave each member of the Board a copy of the Draft Lighting By-Law 2.4, with his comments, to read before the meeting. Starting at the beginning, Mr. Lilja and the members went over the proposed Code of By-laws, Ch.14, §.E.6. section by section making corrections, additions and deletions as they went along.. 4. Draft Amendment to MGL Chapter 90, Section 39B - (Herm Lilja). Mr.Lilja said the draft amendment copy that he showed the Board members and who in turn then approved both the amendment and sending of it to Senator Bruce Tarr’s office and Representative Ann Margret Ferrante’s office had been sent. Nothing has been heard back from either recipient regarding receiving this document. Mr. Tarr had asked Mr. Lilja if he wanted to co-sponsor it. After considerable thought Mr. Lilja said “no” and added the Planning Board should co-sponsor it. Then Mr. Lilja proposed to him that the Planning Boards for all the other Towns that have recently had Zoning By-Laws approved for limiting the flight of helicopters in the Town should also co -sponsor it. 5. Update on Bike Routes – Herm Lilja. Mr. Lilja said the Bike Routes sub-committee are to speak with the DPW about improving the Old Rockport Rd. from Pleasant St., in Rockport, to Pond Road in Gloucester. The DPW seems to be supportive of that. They are to take the DPW down there and show them parts that are in need of renovation. Also, discussed was the designing of maps for the best bike routes in Rockport, to keep people off of Route 127 and Route 127A. There will be something available this year, one way or the other. 6. Sewer Overlay District – Herm Lilja. Mr. Lilja told the Board that there is a hearing scheduled for next Thursday night at 7:35 p.m., in Conference Room A, Town Hall, and that he expects the DPW people to attend. . 7. Continuing Business, Liaison Reports, and Other Upda tes  Liaison Reports. No reports given.  Updates from Members. No updates presented from members. All the members, with the exception of Mr. Smith, signed the “Recording of Plans, Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 41” forms that had to be returned to John L. O’Brien Jr. Register of Deeds. If this signed form is not returned to the Registrar, in compliance with GL, Chapter 41, they will be forced to reject plans if they do not have the required list of Planning B oard members, signatures required and both the appointment and expiration dates. This completed document was returned to Mr. O’Brien, by mail, on January 20, 2017. 8. Planning Board Administration Minutes of Planning Board Meeting, Janaury 19, 2017 2  Approval of Bills. Three bills from W. B. Mason were presented for payment. Mr. Duffy made a motion to approve these bills. Mr. Betts seconded the motion. All in favor.  Approval of Minutes. Minutes from December 15, 2016 were presented for approval. Mr. Betts made a motion to approve these minutes. Mr. Duffy seconded the motion. All in favor. 9. Adjournment. 10:33p.m. Mr. Betts made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Hand seconded the motion. All in favor. ______________________ _________________________ Herman S. Lilja, Chairman Date