Minutes of Town of Frye Island Planning Board Meeting

August 26, 2006

Frye Island Community Center



The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m. by Chairman Paul Peterson


Present:          Sam  Donio, Marge Hommel, Ed Johnson, Steve Kaplan, Paul Peterson,

Kathy Potts, David Treacy, Paul White  - Town of Frye Island CEO


Attendees:      Wayne  Fournier – Town Manager, Joe Potts - 1633, Ron Cedrone - 85
                         Ed Charrette - 79, Carl Hommel - 68



Minutes, Correspondence, and Comments from the Public:


The Minutes of the July 28, 2006 meeting were approved as written.  The Minutes of the
August 19 Public Hearing and Working Meeting were approved as corrected.


Kathy Potts noted that complimentary ferry tickets for the period June 10 – July 28, 2006 have been distributed to Board members.



Old Business:


Board Discussion of Growth Control Ordinance and Amendment


Paul Peterson, who was unable to attend the Public Hearing on August 19, 2006, asked for clarification of the Planning Board’s decision to not send the proposed amendment to the Growth Control Ordinance forward to the Board of Selectmen/Executive Committee for inclusion on the September 2 warrant.  He stated that at this time it was impossible to proceed with the amendment (the Warrant was being signed and posted at the time of the Planning Board meeting.)  The Board then proceeded with a round-table discussion, which revolved around the Public Hearing and the members’ perception of comments received. 


Members of the Board generally restated their original positions. (see Minutes of 7/22/06 and 8/19/06)  Two members of the Board who had been unable to attend the Public Hearing (Sam Donio and Paul Peterson) indicated that they would have voted in the affirmative to send the amendment forward to the BOS/Executive Committee.  Sam Donio commented that although the Ordinance may seem unfavorable to some Islanders, all ordinances favor or disfavor someone, and spoke in favor of retaining the current Growth Ordinance.  Paul Peterson stated that the effect of the current Ordinance is not apparent at this time, and its benefit probably will be more apparent in 10-15 years; the Amendment was a step in presenting some solutions to problems Islanders have with the Ordinance.  He questioned whether a proposed 5-year plan allows enough time to repair the Town infrastructure pertaining to water and ferry, and feels that a Growth Ordinance buys time to create order.  David Treacy stated that he found the Public Hearing unenlightening.  He is unable to find the “perfect amendment,”  and stated that although the water system will be fixed, the ferry remains an enigma.  Marge Hommel and Kathy Potts affirmed that their wish had been to send the Amendment forward to Warrant in order to give the Islanders a larger choice. 


Paul Peterson mused that it is difficult to really ascertain how people feel;  those opposed attend Public Hearings, and we don’t know how the absent voters feel.  He stated that the Board hasn’t finished its work on the Growth Ordinance and, with time restraints placed upon it due to the schedule of the Special Town Meeting, did not have time to form a coalesced view. 


The discussion then turned to the topic of whether the Planning Board should recommend retaining the Growth Control Ordinance as-is, with a plan to work towards remediation of its deficiencies  Ed Johnson stated that he is willing to explore an amendment in the future, but is not in favor of the current Ordinance.  Steve Kaplan agreed.  Joe Potts told the Board that the September 2 Warrant may confuse the voters, because it will read that the Board of Selectmen

recommends the repeal of the Ordinance.  Mr. Potts suggested an option of a counter-statement by the Planning Board at the Special Meeting.  Ron Cedrone stated that the Planning Board is obligated to do what is best for Frye Island as a whole; if there’s hope for an Amendment, it is the Board’s duty to bring one to the table; putting the action off doesn’t solve the problem.  Paul Peterson asked the Board members if they felt it could retain the current Ordinance, but fix it to the best of the Board’s ability.


Ed Johnson moved that the Planning Board go on record to the Board of Selectmen/Executive  Committee that we are in favor of retaining the current Growth Management Ordinance, while acknowledging the current ordinance’s inconsistencies and potentially  unfair provisions.  Mindful of this, the Planning Board will take steps to formulate an amended ordinance as soon as possible.  The motion was seconded by Kathy Potts.  Discussion revolved around procedural processes involved and how best to proceed.   The motion carried 4-1 (David Treacy)  Both alternates indicated approval of the motion.



Proposed Public Works Ordinance


The motion was removed from the table, following action by the Board of Selectmen at their meeting on August 25, 2006.



Review of Comprehensive Plan


Two additional Islanders have volunteered to assist with the revision of the Comprehensive Plan.  Ed Charrette agreed to assist with the portion dealing with Emergency Management.  The next meeting of the Comprehensive Plan Committee is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. on September 23.



New Business:


Items for Consideration by Paul White, CEO --


Paul White distributed a series of proposed revisions to Land Use Ordinances.  Members were asked to read them and be prepared to discuss them at the next Working Meeting.  Mr. White agreed to prioritize his requests and provide additional detail at the next working meeting.



Planning Board By-Laws --


Marge Hommel will provide Board members with copies of the Planning Board By-Laws via email.



Future Meeting Dates:


Board Working Meeting:                   Saturday, September 9, 2006 – 8:00 a.m.

Comprehensive Plan Meeting:           Saturday, September 23, 2006 – 8:00 a.m.



The meeting adjourned at 10:20 a.m.


Respectfully submitted,



Kathy Potts