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HomeMy Public PortalAboutPlanning Board Sep 21 2017 Minutes (PDF) Minutes of Planning Board Meeting, September 21, 2017 1 . Rockport, Massachusetts Planning Board Minutes of Meeting, September 21, 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 Edward S. Hand, Jr. Acting Chairman; Cameron Smith; Henry T. Betts and Terence Duffy present. Kirk W Baker, Town Planner, present. Herman S. Lilja, 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 handed out two documents pertaining to Pigeon Cove, LLC.(Anthony Accardi), 144 -146 Granite St., and telling the Board members that a year back there was a request by Mr. Accardi to extend that Site Plan Approval. At the time it was a request for a three year extension and the Planning Board did vote to extend, last October, for one year and not the three as requested. It was the view of the Planning Board that the request was inadequate for a 3 -year extension. It was also the opinion of the Planning Board that the reasons and efforts for the extension offered in Mr. Accardi’s letter would be viewed as inadequate for any future extension unless the reasons are buttressed by specific information relating to financing difficulties and/or the strength of the real estate market in Rockport. The year extension is about to expire on October 4, 2017. Mr. Accardi would like to speak on his behalf stating that he is writing the Board requesting an additional three year extension for the following recurring reas oning behind current delay to this project moving forward ; 1. Tool Co. Development Status. 2. Current Real-estate Recession. And 3. Uncertainty of Tool Co. Development. After a short discussion in which Mr. Accardi indicated that they expected to move forward with the project within the year. Mr. Smith made a motion to extend this project for another year. Mr. Duffy seconded the motion. All in favor. 3. Determination of Adequacy for Lane Farm Way – Paul Bryant – Preliminary Discussion. Mr. Baker said that this is a preliminary hearing to introduce the Planning Board to what Mr. Bryant is proposing and why he is proposing it. Mr. Bryant advised the Board that he is asking the Planning Board to make a determination that the first 3,600 feet of Lane Farm Way is of proper and adequate construction for one residential lot. He also said that Mr. Bryant has put a conservation restriction of 24 acres on Lane Farm Way to keep it preserved forever and that the way meets or exceeds all requirements as laid out in the May, 2007 by-law regarding Regulations for Determination of Adequacy of a Way or Street. Mr. Bryant held out of the conservation restriction a 1.5 acre woodlot that is out of the site line of the fields. It is his hope to build a small house and barn on this lot and use Lanes Farm Way as the access. Next, Mr. Bryant told the Board that the next thing he plans to do is to file a concept plan for an ANR that he will be filing separately. The idea of this is to change two lot lines of Map 23, lot 101 to encompass part of lot 15 and with it 400 plus feet of frontage on Lanes Farm Way. The members decided to have a site visit on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 9:00 a.m., meeting at the site. 4. Bikeways Update - Herm Lilja- Anonymous Donor for Mailboxes to hold Bike Maps – Mailboxes Ordered. Eva Korpi of the Bikeways Committee showed the members of the Board a sample of the mailbox that was totally funded for by an anonymous donor. These mailboxes will be installed by all the bike racks to hold the bike maps. 5. Lighting By-Law Town Meeting Vote – Hank Betts. Mr. Betts said he asked his committee to take a look at some exterior lights in the Town, that the Town has control of, to show the DPW how to modify their lighting to still do what they want, but still to stop glare. 6. Action Plan for Community Visioning Process – Cameron Smith. After Mr. Smith handed each member documents to be read he then stated that he had been at a meeting this morning with the MAPC in Danvers. It appears that there is a good chance that we might get three more grants: 1. Arts & Cultural Planning & Creative Placemaking. 2. Equitable Transit-Oriented Development. 3. Planning Assistance Grants, the minimum being Minutes of Planning Board Meeting, September 21, 2017 2 $50,000.00. The last sheet Mr. Smith handed out was: Status and Next Steps or Community Visioning Project, September 21, 2017-Draft. .Mr. Smith asked the members to read through this document before the next meeting and make any corrections they might like to see made. 7. Review of Joint Meeting with ZBA – to be continued October 5, 2017. Mr. Duffy said he thought the meeting went very well; a lot of information back and forth. A lot of the meeting was taken up by the Town Attorney, Amy Kwesell, KP Law, pointing out some things that should be addressed. Some things are small, typos or things of that nature, and some things are a little bit bigger. Ms. Kwesell will submit a list of recommendations 8. By-Laws applicable to sale of marijuana – Herm Lilja – (Postponed Discussion) 9. Continuing Business, Liaison Reports, and Other Updates  Liaison Reports. No reports given  Updates from Members. No updates given. 10. Planning Board Administration  Approval of Bills. Bill to reimburse Mr. Lilja for printing of the Bike Maps presented for approval. Approved unanimously.  Approval of Minutes. Minutes of June 8, 2017, Special Meeting, were presented for approval. Approved unanimously. 11. Adjournment. 9: 12 p.m. Mr. Duffy made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Smith seconded the motion. All in favor. ______________________ _________________________ Edward S. Hand, Jr. Ac ting Chairman Date