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HomeMy Public PortalAboutPlanning Board June 8 2017 Minutes (PDF) Minutes of Planning Board Meeting, June 8, 2017 1 Rockport, Massachusetts Planning Board Minutes of Meeting, June 8, 2017 Rockport Town Hall Annex, 9:00 a.m. Present: General Meeting and Hearing, Town Hall Annex 9:00 a.m. Meeting comes to order with Herman S. Lilja, Chairman; Henry T. Betts; Cameron Smith and Terence Duffy present. Kirk W Baker, Town Planner, present. Edward S. Hand, Jr. Vice-Chairman absent. Minutes are recorded by Chairman Lilja. 1. Discussion of a possible relationship between the Future of Rockport High School and the setting aside of Woodland Acres as green space The meeting was called by the Planning Board Chairman to discuss the release of the covenant pertain ing to Woodland Acres as a residential development. The release pertained to the purchase of the land by the Town of Rockport and Greenbelt as additional parkland. Chairman Lilja spoke to the issue that the Board of Selectman in supporting the purchase were not giving appropriate consideration to the relationship between the need for low and moderate income housing for young families and the future of the Rockport Public Schools, in particular Rockport High School. Setting Woodland Acres aside as green space worked against both considerations. Selectman Denise Donnelly spoke in support of the vote taken by the Board of Selectmen to purchase Woodland Acres with Greenbelt. Lawrence Neal of the Conservation Commission also spoke in favor of the purchase of the land by the town to add to green space. Wally Hess, Finance Committee, spoke in opposition to the purchase of the land with town money regardless of the source and to the removal of land from the tax roles, as well as the need for additional residential development in Rockport. 2. Consideration of a vote to release the covenant on Woodland Acres A motion was proposed by Terry Duffy that the Planning Board was opposed to the purchase of Woodland Acres by the town and also to releasing the covenant. Hank Betts seconded the motion. All members were in favor of the motion. 3. Adjournment. Mr. Smith made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Hand seconded the motion. All in favor. ________________________________________________ Herman S. Lilja, Chairman Date