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Oct 16

Planning Board
October 16, 2019

The October Planning Board meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. Members present were Ted Gerber, Charles Tarbell, Bruce Sanborn, Ray Merrill, Recording Secretary Cindy Kimball and Chairman Colin Holme along with Code Enforcement Officer Bill Haynes.

The first item on the agenda was a review of the September minutes. Bruce made a motion to accept them as presented. Ray seconded the motion and the vote was 5-0 in favor.

The second item was a SZ application from Allan and Susan Graves on Woodland Trail. They would like to increase the living space of their seasonal home by approximately 75 square feet by raising the ridge 3', expanding walls 2' and moving the wall to the front of the deck, which will also increase the roof area. Colin noted that this is a non-conforming expansion that meets the 30% or 1,000 sq ft and height limitation criteria. The total equaled 7%. The non-vegetated surface coverage was calculated to be within 20% of the lot as well. Bruce made a motion to accept the application as presented. Ray seconded the motion. Mr. Graves asked if he could add a non-living space cupola with venting to the roof at approximately where the current chimney is. The PB discussed that it would be considered an antenna so height limitations would still be met. The vote to accept the application as presented was 5-0 in favor. The PB members signed the application and Colin made notes on the application regarding the driveway and scale of the plan. A check for $38 was received.

The last item on the agenda was a continuation of the dock discussion. The board reviewed tax maps looking at property lots in corners of lakes and ponds which have limited space to put in a dock. The state encourages perpendicular extension of lot lines along the shore and into the water and corner lots with this type of lot line won't be allowed to have a dock. After much discussion and several suggestions, Colin noted they can do nothing and perhaps should leave the ordinance as it is, or he could work on a well-thought-out but easy-to-understand ordinance that would include perpendicular-to-shoreline lot lines, no length restriction and minimal side restrictions. Another suggestion was to add language to the dock permit. He noted that without an ordinance, there is no way to enforce these disputes. Both Ray and Bruce were opposed to doing anything to the current ordinance. Colin proposed they meet with the Selectmen to get their input on the topic because that is where the request first started. Bill agreed to ask Betty to put the topic on the Oct. 28 agenda. Charles will write up a summary to present to selectmen.

Bruce made a motion to adjourn at 8:21 p.m. Ted seconded the motion and the vote was 5-0 in favor.

Respectfully submitted,
Cindy Kimball