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HomeMy Public PortalAboutPlanning Board July 20 2017 Minutes (PDF) Minutes of Planning Board Meeting, July 20, 2017 1 Rockport, Massachusetts Planning Board Minutes of Meeting, July 20, 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; 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 Mary Bourguignon, Secretary 1. 7:30 p.m. General Meeting Discussion 2. 7:40 p.m. Planners Update – Kirk Baker. No Comment from the Planner. 3. Bikeways Update - Herm Lilja. Mr. Lilja said that the Bikeways Committee is going to go to the Board of Selectmen on the 8th of August and then they will have done everything they need to do so. They are on their way. Mr. Lilja is asking of the Bikeways Committee, right now, to come up with their best bet as to the boxes they need for the bike stands, in Town, and when the Bikeways maps would be available. A vertical box might be better than a horizontal box. Denise Donnelly, Selectman, approached Mr. Lilja last evening and said that there was an interest in getting somebody in Town, who would in fact, be a vendor of rented bikes. There is another group going in that direction, not the Bikeways Committee. Mr. Lilja then added that his wife gave him a map that is being now provided of Cape Ann that shows all the roads. Certainly map that along with the bike map gives the Town the possibility of a good opportunity on a bike. Then , if there are bikes available to rent, that is even better. 4. Joint Meeting of ZBA and Planning Board. Mr. Lilja said the Board does need to talk. before we jointly meet again in September with the ZBA about any considerations that the Planning Board members might have with regards to changes in the current by-law. 5. Lighting By-Law Consolidation/ Revision – Hank Betts. Mr. Betts thinks that we are ready to proceed with this by-law. Mr. Betts made a motion that the Planning Board accept the General By-Law as proposed to modify residential lighting. Mr. Smith seconded the motion. All in favor. Next, Mr. Lilja made a motion regarding the zoning by-law. The motion takes the form of deleting all reference to residential application and leaving only that which applies to commercial. All in favor. It was decided to have a hearing for both by-laws on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Mr. Baker will take care of the legal advertising and Ms. Bourguignon will take care of reserving a room for that date. 6. Action Plan for Community Visioning Process – Cameron Smith. Mr. Smith presented a slide show in two parts. 1. Rockport Planning Board- Development of Objective Statements and 2. Rockport Planning Board Visioning Workshops and Survey Monkey Findings, May 24, June 3 and June 13, 2017. Mr. Smith commented on each slide and its contents as he went along. After the presentation each member agreed to take a subject to look at. 1. Schools – Herm, 2. Parking – Hank, 3.,Business/stores – Terry, 4. Families/young families – Cameron, 5. Homes/housing – Herm, 6. Character/Charm/open view/natural – Terry. Mr. Smith said each member will get two lists; Survey Monkey 04-06-16 and 04-17-17 and representative write-ins. 7. By-Laws applicable to sale of marijuana – Herm Lilja. Mr. Lilja said the members have a lot of information. There are the different aspects of the sale of marijuana - where these stores are going to be located and their positioning with regards to schools, day care centers, athletic fields and everything else. Mr. Lilja sent information to the members from Colorado and other information that shows different distances in relation to the critical locations in a town. Mr. Baker has sent to each member by-laws that have been going around in Rowley. We can play on what Rowley has done, but Mr. Lilja thinks we do have to go ahead on our own too. Mr. Lilja was asked by Linda Sanders, Town Administrator, to do something. So, the Board has to come up with a rough draft. We have input and there is information available. We can craft something crude as it may Minutes of Planning Board Meeting, July 20, 2017 2 be. Next, Mr. Baker explained some of the things Rowley has done regarding distribution areas, etc. Mr. Lilja said he will continue sending out information to the members. 8. 6 South St. Site Visit – Herm Lilja. Mr. Lilja said the Board members did go down to the site and at the time took a vote on the site which allows the applicant to take down a tree. Mr. Lilja asked again to have a motion taken to have a particular tree taken down by the new owner. Mr. Betts made a motion that the Board approve the take down of the big pine tree well as shielding of the spotlight glare and trespass on the neighbor’s property leading to the certification that the Board will sign indicating that the Site Plan Review is complete. Mr. Smith seconded the motion. All in favor. Mr. Baker is to revise the certificate and Mr. Lilja is to sign it. 9. Continuing Business, Liaison Reports, and Other Updates  Liaison Reports. No liaison reports given.  Updates from Members. No updates given. 10. Planning Board Administration  Approval of Bills. No bills presented for approval.  Approval of Minutes. No minutes presented for approval. 11. Adjournment. 10:35 p.m. Mr. Smith made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Betts seconded the motion. All in favor. ________________________________________________ -Herman S. Lilja, Chairman Date