Planning & Zoning Board Notices & Minutes

Nov 20, 2018

Draft Planning Board Minutes - November 20, 2018

6:00 PM



PRESENT:  Vice Chair Tony J. Ilacqua, Mary Menzies, Milton Bratz, Colin Trahan, and Joanna Ray (recording secretary)


ABSENT: Val Poulsen


EXCUSED:  Chair Linda MacNeil, Franco Rossi, Bruce Ralston, and Jim Daly


OTHERS:  Steve Whitman, Liz Kelley, Chet Savage, Janet Savage, Jackie DePalma, Leslie Robbins, and Steve Nilhas


Vice Chair Ilacqua called the meeting to order at 6:00.  Colin and Milton were designated as voting members for this meeting.  A quorum was present.


Jason & Melanie Savage, Owners / Chester C. Savage Jr., Agent – PB18-05 – Request for a 4-lot resubdivision of tax maps 88-8 & 88-9, on Gannon Road, in the rural zone. 


Chet Savage presented the 4-lot subdivision.  One of the parcels will be under 5 acres and will require approval from the State.  A roadway maintenance agreement, drafted by an attorney, was presented. 


Vice Chair Ilacqua offered a recap of this proposal from a previous conceptual meeting. The subdivision is from two parcels.  These parcels will be resubdivided into four lots. 


Milton asked if the footage from the maintenance agreement was based on usage. Chet replied yes.  It is based on where the house would be located.  Milton stated this might not work depending on how many vehicles each lot will have.  Chet stated it is hard to predict the future.  Milton also referenced the old concern of Gannon Road handling the additional usage.  Colin stated that Chet did what was asked of him during the conceptual meeting.  Vice Chair Ilacqua added that the Town Highway Manager approved the driveway access for this subdivision.


Vice Chair Ilacqua asked if Gannon Road was a one-way road.  Chet replied that it is not one-way and in places it is very poor for two cars to pass each other.  One has to pull over.  The worst location is where the access will be for the subdivision.  Chet added that he will be removing stumps from a logging operation and he was told by the road agent that widening the road at that point will work out.


At a previous meeting with the Planning Board, Chet asked if there were rules about prohibiting Gannon Road subdivisions based on the condition of Gannon Road.  Because he had been told no, he moved forward with the application.  Chet added that the Town dug ditches this past summer and that snow has been plowed onto a property so that the road is wider. 


Jackie DePalma stated that two families live on that road.  Wayne Derby stated that this road is his access to property in Lyman that he will be building on.  Colin asked how many currently live on Gannon Road.  There are currently two houses with 10 residents. 


Wayne voiced concerns over the stone walls and how the road could be widened.  Chet replied that there are no stone walls where it would be widened.


Jackie voiced concerns on the narrow road especially in the winter.  Jackie asked if the recent logging entrance will be for the subdivision.  Chet replied yes.  Jackie stated that it is a horrible location and asked if there was a safer spot.  Chet agreed that it is a horrible location, but once the driveway is put in the road can be widened.  Jackie asked if the Town would be paying for that.  Colin stated that widening the road is a Town issue.  The Town adopted it and cannot make the property owner pay for it.  Leslie Robbins stated that there was a vote a few years ago to do work on the road.  There has been improvement.  Leslie asked if the entire road would be widened or just a section.  Chet replied that it would be a section.  Jackie added that she thought this lot could only be subdivided into 2 lots, but now it will be four.


Milton noted that there are roads that need to be addressed.  There is a priority list and sometimes other items come up that need attention.  This road would have to be a priority. Vice Chair Ilacqua stated he would like to hear from the road agent on what this road needs.  The concern about the stone wall also needs to be addressed.  Vice Chair Ilacqua also stated that he knows Chet has done what was asked of him, but the Board needs to make sure all questions are answered.  This will avoid any future problems.  Vice Chair Ilacqua suggested continuing the hearing until December 4th.  He will not be available for that meeting, but will visit the road and submit his comments.  The possible stone wall removal or relocation as well as road widening will be discussed.


Mary made a motion to continue this hearing until December 4, 2018 at 6:00 in the Community House Heald Room.  Milton seconded the motion.  The motion passed by all.


Merge of tax maps 84-61 & 84-64 owned by Vaughn Newton

Mary made a motion to approve the merge request.  Milton seconded the motion.  The motion passed by all.


Resilience Planning & Design LLC was present to discuss the Natural Resources chapter of the Master Plan and review the changes made to the Population & Housing chapter.  All chapters will remain in draft form until the entire document is completed. Steve Nilhas was present to contribute information regarding the school population and how that fits within the Master Plan.


Restructuring of the Natural Resources chapter was recommended.


Site Plan Review is mentioned in the current Master Plan.  Resilience has included it in the update.  The Board will need to discuss if it should be deleted.  Steve Whitman informed the Board that some towns have different review processes for small or large developments.  This chapter is helpful to decide whether or not the Town needs to review current regulations.  


Resilience is scheduled to discuss the Transportation chapter on December 18, 2018.



Review of October 16, 2018 minutes

Milton made a motion to approve the minutes as written.  Colin seconded the motion.  The motion passed by all.


Submitted by,

Joanna Ray