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HomeMy Public PortalAboutPlanning Board March 2 2017 Minutes (PDF) Minutes of Planning Board Meeting, March 2, 2017 1 Rockport, Massachusetts Planning Board Minutes of Meeting, March 2, 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 Discussion 2. Planners Update a. Discussion with Steven Winter, MAPC concerning upcoming visioning process. Mr. Baker said Mr. Winter plans to come and speak to the Board a t the next meeting of the Planning Board, to be held on March 16, 2017. 3. Lighting By-Law Consolidation/ Revision – (Hank Betts. Mr. Betts gave each member an updated copy of the Lighting By-laws that he had been working on for the last two weeks. Mr. Betts discussed with the Board that when a Light Trespass exists any owner has a right to resolve the complaint and the by-law includes the ways that this complaint can be resolved. Existing luminairs in violation of these standards must be replaced or brought into compliance whenever a related complaint is received by the Building Inspector. The Board members then went over the document that Hank presented, paragraph by paragraph, making changes as they went along. After checking the whole document Mr. Lilja said he will send Mr. Betts the Board’s corrections and comments. 4. Straitsmouth Island (Thatcher Island Association Application) Chapter 91 Review. Mr. Baker read from the Chapter 91 application for a request to construct and maintain a 12 -foot wide by 120-foot long landing wharf and a 12-foot wide by 50-foot long pile supported pier with crane hoist located in and over flowed tidelands of the Atlantic Ocean at Straitsmouth Island. Plans for this project and a project narrative accompanied this presentation from the Mass DEP Waterways Program. After a short discussion Mr. Hand made a motion for the Board to sign off on this application. Mr. Duffy seconded the motion. All in favor. Mr. Lilja said the Board will send a letter to that effect. 5. Harbor Light 40B Application (5 Granite St.) before the ZBA . Mr. Lilja said both he and Mr. Baker went through the application this afternoon with the Site Plan Review in mind. Mr. Baker said they went through the Site Plan Review criteria and went on to explain how they plan to put in sidewalks and handicapped access from the senior buildings to Granite St. including a ramp. Mr. Baker also explained the location of the proposed parking spaces, location of air conditioning units, playground and storm water run offs. Mr. Lilja said he will draw up a letter and submit it to the ZBA with the Board’s comments. Mr. Hand said, so move. Mr. Duffy seconded the motion. All in favor. 6. Continuing Business, Liaison Reports, and Other Updates  Liaison Reports. Mr. Hand said there should be an alternate for the MAPC, in case he cannot make a meeting there would be someone to fill in. The Green Committee is going to N. Andover on Friday for a meeting at 2:25 p.m.  Updates from Members. No update given. 7. Planning Board Administration  Approval of Bills. An invoice from Kirk W. Baker was presented for approval. Mr. Betts made a motion to approve this invoice. Mr. Duffy seconded the motion. All in favor. .  Approval of Minutes. Minutes from January 5, 2017 was presented for approval. Mr. Betts made a motion to approve these minutes. Mr. Duffy seconded the motion. All in favor. Minutes of Planning Board Meeting, March 2, 2017 2 8. Adjournment. 9:15 p.m. Mr. Betts made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Duffy seconded the motion. All in favor. ______________________ _________________________ Herman S. Lilja, Chairman Date