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HomeMy Public PortalAboutPlanning Board May 18 2017 Minutes (PDF) Minutes of Planning Board Meeting, May 18 2017 1 Rockport, Massachusetts Planning Board Minutes of Meeting, May 18, 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, Cameron Smith and Terence Duffy present. Kirk W Baker, Town Planner, present. Minutes are recorded by Mary Bourguignon, Secretary 1. 7:30 p.m. General Meeting Discussion 2. Planners Update. Mr. Baker said that he is still waiting to hear from Meredith Fine regarding a potential ANR at 1 Blueberry Lane. He also said that this week he did a little bit of work regarding the lighting at 1 Ocean View Drive. 3. Lighting By-Law Consolidation/ Revision – Hank Betts. Mr. Betts said that they updated the By-Law a little bit. There was nothing in the bylaw proposal that dealt with the quality of light for spotlights and floodlights; it was suggested that they do that. 4. Application of New Side Setbacks – Herm Lilja. Mr. Lilja gave each Board member a copy of the proposed letter that he will be sending to Bill Christopher, explaining that he will rewrite this letter and would like the Board members to reflect on the letter and then send Mr. Lilja their comments. 5. Bikeways Update – Herm Lilja. Mr. Lilja said that the only thing that he has to say is that they (The Bikeways Group) have reached the point of drawing up the map. The Bikeways Group is seeking a cost of printing the map, a cost of printing the signs, and is asking the DPW for help putting up the signs. There will be a map, there will be signs. A lot of progress has been made; they (The Bikeways Group) is moving ahead. 6. Action Plan for Community Visioning Process – Cameron Smith. Mr. Smith opened by saying that everything is going fine. There are two occasions, one for May 24 th, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and one for June 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mr. Smith is very impressed with MAPC; they ask the right questions. He is optimistic. 7. Continuing Business, Liaison Reports, and Other Updates  Liaison Reports. Mr. Hand said he met with the CPC the other night and there is a possibility of the Millbrook Meadow being bonded and CPC is looking at that. At the CPC meeting next month they will be voting on distribution of money.  Updates from Members. Mr. Lilja said he has spoken in the past to the Finance Committee, the DPW and others about a plan forward for the Town. No one wants to pick it up and run with it, no one. If he thought there were peers that were willing to listen to a plan we could put one together. He doesn’t think coming up with a rudimentary plan is difficult at all.  Election of Officers. Mr. Betts made a motion to put the election for Chairman and Vice Chairman on the Agenda. Mr. Smith seconded the motion. All in favor. Mr. Lilja was elected Chairman and Mr. Hand was elected Vice-Chairman. Voting proceeded as follows: Mr. Lilja opened the floor for nomination to Chairman. Mr. Smith made a motion to nominate Herman S. Lilja as Chairman. Mr. Betts seconded the motion. All in favor. Mr. Lilja made a motion to close the nominations for Chairman. Mr. Betts seconded the motion. All in favor. Mr. Lilja then opened the floor for nomination for Vice Chairman. Mr. Smith nominated Edward S. Hand, Jr. Mr. Lilja seconded th e emotion. All in favor. Mr. Lilja made a motion that the nominations for Vice Chairman be closed. All in favor. Next, Mr. Lilja asked for a vote. All in favor. Minutes of Planning Board Meeting, May 18 2017 2 8. Planning Board Administration  Approval of Bills. No bills presented for payment.  Approval of Minutes. Minutes for May 4, 2017 were presented for approval. Mr. Smith made a motion to approve these minutes. Mr. Hand seconded the motion. All in favor. 9. Adjournment. 9:13 p.m. Mr. Hand made a motion to adjoun. Mr. Betts seconded the motion. All in favor. ________________________________________________ Herman S. Lilja, Chairman Date