Town of Frye Island
Planning Board Meeting
Saturday, May 27, 2000 8:30 am

     Location:  Community Center

     Present:   Bob Hannah, Marge Hommel, Ed Johnson, Goeff Rice, Ed Charrette, Patty Meyer, David Treacy, Interim Town Manager Dave Decker,
Island Residents: Fred Brownstein lot 251-252, Diane Babineau lot 1305, Ernie Wrzesinsky lot 285, BIT Chairperson Pat Karpacz lot 1620A, Don Hadley lot 174-175

The chairman, Bob Hannah called the meeting to order at 8:35 am.

Minutes and Correspondence:

            Bob Hannah passed out copies of correspondence from Island Manager Vic Richards, and Planning Board members Ed Charrette, Ed Johnson and Geoffrey Rice concerning the Gottlieb request.  This is discussed later on the agenda.

Meeting Dates for Regular and Special Meetings:

            Several members expressed a preference for 4:00 pm instead of 8:30 am meetings.  We decided to have a working meeting on the second Saturday of each month, and a regular meeting on the fourth Saturday.  It was VOTED to have regular meetings on June 24, July 22, August 26 and September 23, 2000; and working meetings on June 10, July 8, August 12 and September 9, 2000.  All meetings are on Saturday at 4:00pm at the Community Center. 

Land Use Ordinances:

            The voters at the October 1999 BIT Meeting and Town Meeting rejected the Land Use Ordinance revisions for Residential and Water Oriented Commercial zones.  The voters agreed on the changes for setbacks for accessory buildings, but wanted to require a building permit with CEO notification.  Marge Hommel agreed to make the necessary changes, and to define a shed.

Gottlieb request:

            The Board discussed a request by Gerald Gottlieb to allow a rebuilding of a non-conforming cottage, along with adding a guesthouse to the property.  The Planning Board is involved because they must approve any new nonconforming building in a shoreland zone.  Bob Hannah will speak to Mr. Gottlieb inviting him to attend our next meeting; and will send a letter to our CEO asking us to be more specific when referring people to our board.

Survey Results:

            Interim Island Manager, Dave Decker, spoke of the work he had done on the survey results.  He stated that, although there were inconsistencies in the data, they were not statistically significant.  Marge Hommel agreed.  Dave agreed to make some further clarifications in the data.  Goeff Rice asked that we release the survey results with the caveat that there are inconsistencies.  Dave Decker asked that we mail the results only to those people who ask for them.  The Board VOTED to release the survey results by making them available at the Office, by mail to anyone who asks for them, and on the Frye Island Web Page.

Comprehensive Plan:

            There was a general discussion of the Comprehensive Plan and what work needs to be done on it.  Dave Treacy asked that it include a housing inventory.  Diane Babineau mentioned that we are under a court order to have no more than 750 septic systems for property, which was owned by the former developer, Leisure Living.  Ed Charrette stated that the Board could address the 750 septic limit at a later time.  Ernie Wrzesinsky stated that we may be able to meet the affordable housing criteria, required by Maine State Law, by investigating market values of current housing on the Island.  

Bob Hannah will run our current draft before the appropriate person at COGS.  It was VOTED to submit our current draft to the State for their comments.

Bob Hannah will ask Bob Oxman to work on the history section of the plan.  Patty Meyer and Marge Hommel will continue work on the land use maps.  Marge Hommel and Goeff Rice will work on the interpretation of the survey results.  Dave Treacy and Ed Charrette will work with Bob Hannah on the other aspects of the plan.  We will all report at our working meeting in two weeks.

Land Use Map:

            We will ask for people to review the current map for accuracy, and report any problems to Patty Meyer or Marge Hommel.  Patty Meyer will investigate the cost of including the land use and other necessary maps in the Comprehensive Plan when we distribute it to the Islanders for review. 

Other Business:

            Speed Limits:  Bob Hannah stated that the speed limit on Island Roads is 25 mph under Maine Law, until the DOT comes and sets it.  We will try to find out the status of this.

            Roads:  Bob Hannah stated that the easement interest, ceded to the Town, for the Frye Island Roads, needed to be recorded.  We need to have this done, if it was not recorded, already.

            Don Hadley offered to let us look at a topological survey of the Island, which came from Leisure Living.

            Ernie Wrzesinsky asked they we examine setback requirements in our zoning, so that the Appeals Board does not have to rule on all building on the Island.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:45 am.

Respectfully submitted,
Marge Hommel, Secretary