Minutes of Town of Frye Island Planning Board Meeting

September 9, 2006

Frye Island Community Center



The meeting was called to order at 8:15 a.m. by Chairman Paul Peterson.


Present:          Marge Hommel, Paul Peterson, Kathy Potts, David Treacy, Paul White, CEO

Excused:         Sam Donio, Steve Kaplan

Absent:           Ed Johnson

Attendees:      None



Minutes, Correspondence, and Comments from the Public:


The Minutes of the August 26, 2006 meeting were corrected and approved as follows:  “of” inserted in heading;  typo on page 2 corrected to read, “ 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.”


Old Business:


Proposed Changes to Land Use Ordinances


Town Code Enforcement Officer Paul White distributed a list of suggested clarifications and changes to definitions and ordinances, as well as desired cohesion between Frye Island, Inc. Covenants and Town regulations.  (see attached)


Definitions perused and discussed:


Abutter” – The current definition shall remain, with the addition “…the preceding definition does not alter the definition of ‘contiguous lot.’”  As no definition of “contiguous lot” appears in current Town documents, a general definition was agreed-upon as “Two or more pieces of property sharing a common boundary, not separated by a public or private way.”  No further action was taken.


Road Opening” – A definition to read,  “Any new or revised opening, excavation, repair, driveway or alteration to the Roads owned or regulated by the Town.  Such openings must be approved by the Town or their designees,was discussed and agreed-upon. 


Substantial Start” – The current definition will be modified to read, “Completion of fifty percent (50%) or more of a permitted structure, measured as a percentage of total, within 12 calendar months.  The structure must be completed within 24 calendar months.”


Ordinances perused and discussed:


Site Clearing on Unimproved Lots – The Board modified Mr. White’s proposed ordinance to read, “Tree Removal:  On unimproved lots, removal of trees larger than 2" measured at 41/2 feet above ground level -- other than to remove hazards, establish a driveway not to exceed 30' in length, and/or to construct a path no more than 3' in width -- is prohibited.”


Other topics which were discussed and deferred until a later meeting included Bunkhouses, Home Occupations, Family Apartments, Signs, Fences, and Docks.  Because of time constraints, it was agreed that these topics, along with others of concern to Mr. White, will be researched and revisited – possibly over the winter months, within the parameters of Public Meetings. 


The Board agreed that they would attempt to refine the language pertaining to “Substantial Start,” “Road Opening,” and “Tree Removal” in an effort to bring the topics to the Town for Public Hearing and possible inclusion on the October, 2006 Town Warrant.  Kathy Potts will supply the wording from the meeting, and Marge Hommel will do the revisions for presentation at the next Working Meeting on September 16, 2006.



New Business:


Review of Planning Board By-Laws


It was agreed that all Board members will review the By-Laws prior to the next meeting, and be prepared to present and discuss potential revisions and corrections.


Town Maps


Marge Hommel presented a revised zoning map detailing the Water Oriented Commercial and Stream Protected areas of the Town.



Future Meeting Dates:


Saturday, September 16, 2006  – 9:00 a.m.  (Working Meeting)

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

Saturday, September 23, 2006, –10:00 a.m. (Tentative Public Hearing)



The meeting adjourned at 11:40 a.m.


Respectfully Submitted,


Kathy Potts