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HomeMy Public PortalAboutPlanning Board June 1 2017 Minutes (PDF) Minutes of Planning Board Meeting, June 01, 2017 1 Rockport, Massachusetts Planning Board Minutes of Meeting, June 01, 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. 7:40 p.m. – Hearing - SPR- 1 Ocean View Dr. – Continuation. Mr. Lilja said that he has recused himself in the past and will do so now. Mr. Hand took over as Chairman and re-opened the hearing. Michael D’Annolfo representing Jillian Soucy, stated that they have gotten some of the engineering data back but have not submitted the site plan topo and landscaping plans yet. They have come up with an average straight line from the top of the foundation down and Mr. D’Annolfo incorporated that into the work sheets. A short discussion on the lighting issues followed. Mr. Hand said that he recommends that the hearing be continued in two weeks and in the meantime Mr. Baker can set up a site visit. Mr. Smith made a motion to continue this hearing until the next meeting. Mr. Duffy seconded the motion. All in favor. 3. Planners Update. Mr. Baker said that he is still waiting for the application for 0 Blueberry Lane to come in from the lawyer, Meredith Fine, but he expects it to come in within the next couple of meetings. 4. Lighting By-Law Consolidation/ Revision –Hank Betts. Mr. Betts said that they updated their By-Laws and added a couple of things to these By-Laws. Mr. Betts added that the rules committee is going to meet next week and he will make sure it is finalized. Mr. Lilja said there is going to be a hearing, and maybe an informational meeting, as well. That is up to the lighting committee AND how much they want to spread the word. 5. Application of New Side Setbacks – Herm Lilja. Mr. Lilja said Mr. Hand has sent something around for commentary this evening. Mr. Lilja did send to the ZBA Chairman some days ago a list that he had presented several meetings ago. Consideration for what their expectations might be, what our expectations might be, what has been done so far. Mr. Lilja did receive an initial re ply from Bill Christopher, ZBA, and a second reply saying he has not had time to digest it. Having said that, Mr. Hand had things to present. Mr. Hand and the Board members went over his “Draft Analysis of the Impact of Section IV.11 (9/14/2015) of the Rockport ZBL dated 05/31/17” item by item, making comments and suggested changes as they went along. 6. Bikeways Update – Herm Lilja. A final Report from the Bikeways Committee was given to each member of the Board as Eva Korpi, of the Bikeways Committee, explained and showed corrections made to the previous routes on the Bike Route/Bikeway map that Mr. Baker had projected on the screen. Ms. Korpi said they would like to request from the Town broads striped crosswalks at 4 locations, three 10miles/hour traffic signs, erect 2 kiosks for large maps, funding to purchase 5 mailboxes for maps to be painted with ”BIKE MAPS” and funding to print maps. Mr. Lilja said that Ms. Korpi is asking for support for several efforts here, the least of which is money for printing of the maps. Then Mr. Lilja added that he thinks the Planning Board has money, in their printing budget, that might allow us to print the maps. Mr. Lilja indicated that if this is your final report, we will accept it 7. Action Plan for Community Visioning Process – Cameron Smith. Mr. Smith said that comments that people made on the May 24th Visioning Workshop that it was pretty great because there were no flip charts or someone standing up there talking but instead working together. They had about 40 people. Mr. Winter of MAPC was quite happy with that. It sounds likes Saturday’s workshop may be more heavily trafficed. 8. Continuing Business, Liaison Reports, and Other Updates Minutes of Planning Board Meeting, June 01, 2017 2  Liaison Reports. No reports given.  Updates from Members. Mr. Lilja said he wanted to update the members with regards to the purchase of Woodland Acres. The purchase and sale agreement has been signed and the closing date June 15th. No one has yet talked about it to Mr. Lilja and the impact of making Woodland Acres green and denying the land for development, in the Town. No one has addressed that, o r any impact on the schools. He wants to do that. He doesn’t know whether the B oard will allow him do that or not. After a short discussion it was decided that Mr. Lilja will write a letter to the Board of Selectmen and The Gloucester Daily Times stating the Planning Boards opposition to the planned purchase of Woodland Acres by the Town of Rockport. Also, it was decided to hold a meeting next Thursday, June 8, 2017 (time to be decided later), to discuss a possible relationship between the future of Rockport High School and setting aside Woodland Acres as a green space and consideration of a vote to release the covenant on Woodland Acres. 9. Planning Board Administration  Approval of Bills. An invoice for Kirk Baker was submitted for approval. Mr. Duffy made a motion to approve this invoice. Mr. Smith seconded the motion. All in favor. An invoice for W. B. M ason was presented for approval. Mr. Duffy made a motion to approve this invoice. Mr. Hand seconded the motion. All in favor.  Approval of Minutes. Minutes for May 18, 2017 were presented for approval. Mr. Hand made a motion to approve these minutes. Mr. Duffy seconded the motion. All in favor.  Payment of Bills Authorization Form – FY 2018. Form was signed by members and the completed form to be returned to Accounting Department on Friday. 10. Adjournment. 10:50 p.m. Mr. Hand made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Betts seconded the motion. All In favor. ________________________________________________ Herman S. Lilja, Chairman Date