Minutes of Planning Board Meeting

May 24, 2003

Frye Island Community Center


                 The meeting was called to order by Chairman Ed Johnson at 4:02 p.m.

Members present: Ed Johnson, Ed Charrette, Marge Hommel, Don Nolen, Jeanne Sullivan-Toomey, Dave Treacy.  Visitors: Carl Hommel, Dick Norris, Bob Roberts, Jim Kuiken, Stephen Harvey, Pat Cayer.

                 Don Nolen introduced himself, and stated that he had been appointed to the Planning Board to replace Wayne Fournier.


1) Minutes and correspondence

                 The Draft minutes of the Planning Board meeting on Oct. 12, 2002 were presented.  It was moved by Ed Charrette and seconded by Jeanne S-T that they be accepted as presented.  The motion passed unanimously.


2) Old Business

   A)  Subdivision of Lot 509

                 In connection with the request by Stephen Harvey for preliminary review of the plan to sub-divide Lot 509, the proposed Application for Subdivision and Site Review prepared by Ed Johnson was discussed.  It was moved and seconded that the form be approved with one minor correction: under "Fees", "within two business days" should be changed to "prior to two business days".

                 Stephen Harvey and Patrick Cayer then displayed a site map which their engineers had prepared for an "Emerald Point Subdivision" on Lot 509, showing division into eight lots ranging in size from 45,000 to 70,000 sq. ft.  They explained that they planned to arrange for connections to the Island public water supply, and that individual septic systems would meet or exceed all requirements.

                 Ed Johnson cautioned all Board members that they are not to discuss this subdivision  except at Planning Board meetings.  He then questioned whether the Planning Board could consider this subdivision if the Zoning Map has not been changed, because this lot is now in the Rural District which requires 3 acres minimum lot size. Dick Norris suggested that the Board should request a legal opinion if the considerations could proceed in parallel.

                 Ed Charrette referred to the 2003 State of the Lake Report, and asked if this is a "DEP project"?

After discussion of the road requirements, Mr. Harvey stated that they planned to request a waiver to allow a gravel surface with 3-foot shoulders.  Ownership of the road would be shared by the subdivision lot owners.

                 After discussion whether this lot came under the PWD Settlement Agreement (750 septic system limit) Mr. Harvey stated that no one could find proof that the Boulanger owners had been served with notice of the proposed agreement.  Jim Kuiken suggested to Mr. Harvey that Priscilla Boulanger might be able to shed some light on this.

                 After discussion that the re-zoning from Rural to Residential, required to permit such a subdivision, might generate controversy, it was moved and seconded that a Public Hearing on the re-zoning should be held on June 7, to permit proposing a Warrant Article for the July 5, 2003 town Meeting.  A Public Hearing on the subdivision and Site Plan should be scheduled for June 14.


   C)          Ferry tickets are not available for distribution.  Approved minutes must be submitted.


3) New Business

   A)          Dick Norris presented a proposed revision to the Land Use Ordinance, to revise 101-1-4 D2 to clarify that the requirement for merging contiguous non-conforming lots under common ownership should refer to the date that the relevant zoning was enacted, and not to the date when Frye Island adopted the Standish ordinance (May 26, 1976, updated on Dec. 9, 1997).

After discussion Don Nolen moved, and Jeanne S-T seconded, that the proposed change be put on the agenda for the Public hearing on June 7, 2003.

   B)          Stream definition (Stream Protection District).  The anomaly that the Town has such a district, but not streams meeting the definition, was presented by Dick Norris.  He proposed a change in the definition.  It was moved and seconded that this also should be put on the June 7 Public Hearing agenda.

   C)          Consideration of ordinances relating to growth limits is to be put on the agenda for the next regular meeting.


4) Future Meetings

                 It was moved and seconded that the June 7, 2003 Public Hearing should be scheduled for 9:00 a.m., to follow the special hearing on proposals for improving or re-locating the Town Office.

                 Future meetings are planned for June 28 at 4 p.m. (with Public Hearing), and July 12 and 26, at 4 p.m.


At approximately 6:30 p.m. it was moved, seconded, and passed that the meeting be adjourned.