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HomeMy Public PortalAboutPlanning Board Sep 7 2017 Minutes (PDF) Minutes of Planning Board Meeting, September 07, 2017 1 . Rockport, Massachusetts Planning Board Minutes of Meeting, September 07, 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; Henry T. Betts 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. Mr. Baker said on Tuesday he had a call from Jillian Soucy regarding a tree at the end of Ocean View Drive that is overhanging close to the house that appears to have dead branches, there are some vines climbing up the tree and limbs that will be over the new house. Mr. Baker said he met Jason Soucy at the site, took a look and took some pictures. It is questionable if the tree will last in long term period and the owners want to take the tree down. Let them take the tre e down or take the tree down and replace it with some other trees. Mr. Duffy said he will go and take a look at the tree. 3. Thornwood Ave. – Preliminary Discussion. Mr. Lilja mentioned that at the last meeting that he hoped everyone could go down and look at the property in question. Mr. Smith went there and he thinks that one of the big issues is that the supposed street is between two walls and the walls are not always the same distance apart. There is a relation between that and the lot. It looked like to him that here might be more than one lot, posted with the surveyor’s posts, which surprised him since he thought there was supposed to be only one lot. Mr. Lilja said he did not see any major obstacles to the applicant’s driveway. 4. Bikeways Update - Herm Lilja. Mr. Lilja said the Bikeways Committee still does not have boxes and two or three different styles will be brought in to choose from. The DPW said already that they will install them for the Committee once they are purchased. 5. Lighting By-Law Hearing – Hank Betts. Mr. Betts said that he had put 4 slides on the Town website. 1 slide showing 9 questions with the answers and three others; one other slide showing a sample of a shielded light fixture, one showing a sample of floodlights and one showing a sample of AMA news memo. 6. Action Plan for Community Visioning Process – Cameron Smith. Mr. Lilja said that members have a draft copy of almost all of the entire package. Not included is the section on family that will be drawn up much like the other sections that are there now. We have a long list of sections, 7 in total. Once that has been finalized, we would release it to the public and try to get feedback from the public. Mr. Smith has drafted a letter and Mr. Lilja has added his comments to it. Take a look at it and let us know what you think. Mr. Lilja thinks the draft should be kept under wraps until we ultimately release it. Then on the 5 th of October we can approve of it and find some way of distributing it to the residents of the Town. Mr. Smith said we also have several hundred email addresses. Mr. Smith then stated that the whole objective of what the Planning Board is doing here is to try to encourage residents to tell us what a small number of initia tives might best, in their opinion, improve the quality of life in Rockport. Mr. Smith then said that there is one thing that he would like to clear, because it is public: there is another grant having to do with dredging, that the Town went after several years ago and did not get. The Town is interested in doing a dredging of the Old Harbor. It didn’t get the grant last time because the State requires economic benefits and they could only point to three new jobs being formed because of that dredging. Mr. Smith is proposing that that not be a Planning Board project. 7. By-Laws applicable to sale of marijuana – Herm Lilja. Mr. Lilja said the Board should see what is happing at Town meeting, if anything. There is nothing that will be taken up before that. 8. Continuing Business, Liaison Reports, and Other Updates  Liaison Reports. Mr. Lilja reported that at last night’s meeting that the Fish Shack’s alcohol license is going from seasonal to year round. They are going to stay open all year round. Some complaints about Minutes of Planning Board Meeting, September 07, 2017 2 smoke, noise and voiding in the alleyway by the restaurant. Bit of a problem not being dealt with directly yet. Regarding the DPW facility; Weston & Sampson had submitted a bid for $117,000.00 for a. preliminary plan. The ZBA joint meeting for September 13, 2017 is still on.  Updates from Members. No updates. 9. Planning Board Administration  Approval of Bills. Invoice for Kirk Baker was submitted for payment. Mr. Smith made a motion to pay this invoice. Mr. Betts seconded the motion. All in favor. An invoice was submitted to reimburse Mr. Smith $52.00 for his paying Survey Monkey. Mr. Betts made a motion to pay this invoice. Mr. Duffy seconded the motion. All in favor.  Approval of Minutes. Minutes for July 20, 2017 and August 3, 2017 were presented for approval. Mr. Smith made a motion to approve these minutes. Mr. Duffy seconded the motion. All in favor. 10. Adjournment 9:10 p.m. Mr. Betts made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Smith seconded the motion. All in favor. ______________________ _________________________ Herman S. Lilja, Chairman Date