Planning & Zoning Board Notices & Minutes

Feb 20, 2018

Planning Board Minutes - February 20, 2018

6:30 PM



PRESENT:  Chair Linda MacNeil, Vice Chair Tony Ilacqua, Bruce Ralston, Mary Menzies, Milton Bratz, and Joanna Ray (recording secretary)  




ABSENT:  Colin Trahan and Val Poulsen


Chair MacNeil called the meeting to order at 6:35.  The Board reviewed the attendance sheet for 2017.  Chair MacNeil expressed her understanding of why Jim has not been able to attend meetings.  There have been previous Board members who have taken a brief leave of absence.  Joanna will ask Jim if he would like to formally resign.  The Board would support Jim if he wishes to be appointed again in the future.  


Milton informed the Board that he will no longer be the Ex-Officio Board member.  The Selectboard will appoint a new one after the election.  If Jim is to formally resign, Milton would like to be considered for appointment as a full voting Board member.   Milton had the support from the other Board members. 


Bruce Ralston stated that he needs to restructure his schedule so that he is attending more meetings.  Other Board members stated that Bruce’s contribution and knowledge is appreciated. 


The Board discussed Colin’s absence for most of 2017.  Vice Chair Ilacqua explained how the alternate position is good training for when someone who wants to eventually be a full voting member.   Vice Chair Ilacqua will contact Colin and ask if he is still interested in completing his term which is up in 2019.  Chair MacNeil replied that it would be helpful if Colin kept in contact regarding which meetings he could attend.  Mary agreed that the time as an alternate is an excellent training opportunity.


Mary will not be available on April 3.  Bruce will not be available on March 6.


Chair MacNeil discussed the new law for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU).  The Planning Board should start working on a new section of the Zoning Ordinance for this use.  It would be on the Town Warrant in 2019.  Joanna will send Board members the ADU ordinances from other Towns.  Discussion will be on March 6 at 6:30 in the Community House Heald Room. 


Mary attended a Planning Board meeting in Lisbon regarding a proposed solar farm.  There were concerns about the visual impact, trees being cut, and potential runoff issues.  Neighbors requested larger buffer areas.  The project is for a 5 acre lot with potentially more in the future.  The Lisbon Planning Board did not make any decision.  They are waiting for additional information.


At 7:05, Vice Chair Ilacqua made a motion to adjourn.  Bruce seconded the motion.  The motion passed.


Submitted by,

Joanna Ray