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HomeMy Public PortalAboutPlanning Board Aug 3 2017 Minutes (PDF) Minutes of Planning Board Meeting, August 03, 2017 1 . Rockport, Massachusetts Planning Board Minutes of Meeting, August 03, 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; Cameron Smith and Terence Duffy present. Kirk W Baker, Town Planner, present. Edward S. Hand, Jr. Vice-Chairman and Henry T. Betts 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. Mr. Baker said we have a preliminary for a potential driveway at Thornwood Ave.(a paper road). People are looking at purchasing this property and want to build a house up there. Right now this is pedestrian access. What the party wants to do is extend the driveway into this right of way that would be used as access to the property. They plan to keep the pedestrian path, but have a gravel driveway 15 feet wide and extend the water and sewer lines from Phillips Ave. to provide water and sewer to their house. This property is currently owned by M. Cantor. 3. Bikeways Update - Herm Lilja. Mr. Lilja reported that the Bikeways Committee is moving along nicely and that they have a meeting planned with the Board of Selectmen on August 8th to bring them up to speed with regards to what is ongoing. Mr. Lilja went to the DPW last evening and asked for their support in regards to putting up mail boxes, (brochure boxes) to hold the bike maps that were created. The DPW is quite willing to put in the labor to put those up. The Bikeways Committee would be buying the boxes. He did not ask the DPW about signs; signs for the bikeways have come up. We don’t have signs for the bike routes. The maps certainly show the routes very clearly. There was a discussion that an application for Complete Streets was not awarded and will be re-submitted. Regarding the printing; we might be able to take the printing cost from the Planning Board budget. Everyone is happy with the process. 4. Joint Meeting of ZBA and Planning Board.. Mr. Lilja said that just as a reminder the joint meeting is September 13, 2017. 5. Lighting By-Law Consolidation/Revision – Hank Betts. Mr. Betts was not present. Mr. Lilja said Mr. Betts has finalized the lighting by-law. The By-Law has gone to Linda Sanders, Town Administrator, for consideration by Town Counsel. The hearing is coming up on the 16th of August. 6. Action Plan for Community Visioning Process – Cameron Smith. Mr. Smith said that the Board should remember that at the last meeting, the Board members all agreed to parcel out the six preliminary objective statements that came out of the summary results of the Survey Monkey and the workshop. Mr. Smith said now what he wants to do next is report on two things together in one box and that is: schools and young families. The reason why he wants to put them together is because our next step is meeting with opinion leaders and seeing what their take is on the objectives statements. Mr. Smith wants to report on the excellent meeting that Mr. Lilja and he had with the school superintendent, Rob Liebow, a couple of days ago. What that meeting did was allowed them to talk with him about the Survey Monkey findings for schools and young families. They agreed that maintaining an independent school district is the chief town achievement that we should focus on. They also agreed that the “young” families” objective is the highest priority that the Planning Board has identified so far in our project along with strategies to attract young families. In closing Mr. Smith said it is important that we get support of both the selectmen and the school committee. 7. By-Laws applicable to sale of marijuana – Herm Lilja. Mr. Lilja said there will be a vote at Town Meeting. There is an Article W that proposes that there will be three different considerations ; three possible motions to be voted on at Town Meeting. 8. 6 South St. Site Visit – Herm Lilja. Mr.Lilja said the Board members went on the site visit on July 18, 2017. The Request for Issuance of Certification of Compliance with Site Plan Approval form has been signed Minutes of Planning Board Meeting, August 03, 2017 2 and handed .off. Mr. Lilja made some revisions to the document in reference to the outside lights and also the cutting down of a .tree. 9. Continuing Business, Liaison Reports, and Other Updates  Liaison Reports. Mr. Lilja said he went to the DPW meeting last night where they talked about having all power proved to the Town through one supplier, not National Grid, in the hopes of having a blanket discount. This would be something that you could opt out of. The DPW is going to do street repairs from Five Corners to Knowlton’s Corner. The reason Mr. Lilja went to this meeting was for him to speak about the Bikeways; the bike paths. The DPW is supportive of putting the boxes for the Bikeway brochures, on the bike racks.  Updates from Members. No updates given. 10. Planning Board Administration  Approval of Bills. Invoice. Invoice for Kirk Baker, Town Planner was presented for payment. Mr. Duffy made a motion to pay this invoice. Mr. Smith seconded the motion. All in favor. Invoice from W. B. Mason presented for approval. Mr. Smith made a motion to pay this invoice. Mr. Duffy seconded the motion. All in favor.  Approval of Minutes. Minutes for July 6, 2017 presented for approval. Mr. Duffy made a motion to approve these minutes. Mr. Smith seconded the motion. All in favor. 11. Adjournment. 8:57 p.m. Mr. Smith made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Duffy seconded the motion. All in favor. ______________________ _________________________ Herman S. Lilja, Chairman Date