|1.||CALL TO ORDER|
|2.||APPROVAL OF MINUTES|
APRIL 13, 2000 MEETING
|3.||SHADOWED BIRCH KENNELS|
DAVID AND JEANETTE ANDERSON
QUESTIONS REGARDING PERMIT
PETE CHILD'S LETTER
These minutes were approved at the May 25, 2000 Planning Board meeting with no changes.
TOWN OF LIMINGTON
PLANNING BOARD MINUTES
The meeting was called to order by Wendy Walker, Chairperson, at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 11, 2000 at the Limington Municipal Building.
Regular members present: Wendy Walker, Chairperson; Ralph Libby, III, Vice-Chairperson; Chris Clark; Raymond Coffin; Diane Hubbard; Richard Jarrett; Harold Jordan.
Alternate members present: Stanley Blake.
Alternate member absent: Kreg Rose.
Also attending the meeting: Priscilla Tucker, Secretary; Freeman Abbott, C.E.O.
The first order of business was the approval of the Minutes of the April 13, 2000 meeting of the Planning Board.
Ralph Libby, III, made the following motion:
MOTION: To approve the Minutes of the April 13, 2000 meeting of the Planning Board.
The motion was seconded by Harold Jordan and carried unanimously.
David Anderson of Shadowed Birch Kennels next appeared before the Board. He questioned the necessity of a license from the Town for his business. He said he has been in business since 1993 and the laws went into effect in 1997. He said he does have a State license. He feels that he should be grandfathered.
Freeman Abbott, C.E.O. said he had spoken to the Town attorney, Jim Haddow and he said that the people had to prove they had a permit. It is not up to Freeman to check on the permit.
Diane Hubbard asked if Freeman couldn't just give a grandfathered business a permit but he stated that he couldn't do that because according to the ordinance the applicant must come before the Planning Board. He said that the only reason he brings these businesses before the Planning Board is because the ordinance says that they have to have a permit. That is stated in the old and the new ordinance.
Mr. Anderson stated that Ken verbally told him that there was no problem and that he could operate his kennel.
Planning Board Minutes
May 11, 2000 Meeting
Richard Jarrett said that the Planning Board should not be reviewing these applications. This should be between the Selectpersons and the C.E.O.
Ralph Libby, III said that there should be standards set by the Selectpersons and then everyone will be in synch.
Both Wendy Walker and Freeman Abbott will discuss this issue with the Selectpersons and let Mr. Anderson know what happens.
There was no Old Business.
Pete Childs appeared before the Planning Board regarding a letter (see attached) he had submitted. The letter recommended changes to the Ordinances in respect to the Growth Ordinance and Zoning Ordinance.
Each issue Mr. Childs addressed was discussed. There was no action to be taken. Mr. Childs was informed that most of these issues were matters to be addressed by the C.E.O. and Selectpersons.
Freeman Abbott stated that the Selectpersons had run into a problem with Mark McNally's sub-division. There is land there that can be taken over by the Town and therefore cannot be taxed.
The file will be pulled and the conditions provided to the Planning Board members. The item will be placed on the May 25, 2000 agenda.
Copies of the application for gravel pit by Dearborn Brothers Construction were distributed to the members. The application will be placed on the May 25, 2000 agenda.
Ralph Libby, III made the following motion
MOTION: To adjourn the May 11, 2000 meeting of the Planning Board.
The meeting adjourned at 8:00 P.M.
May 4, 2000
Planning Board, Town of Limington
Subject: Zoning Ordinance/Growth Ordinance
I am writing to request that the Planning Board consider either of the following changes to the zoning or growth ordinance.
- Growth Ordinance-----Eliminate the restrictions on the number of permits or adopt a system as required by the comprehensive plan to grant building permits for a sub-division when the subdivision is accepted by the Planning Board.
- Zoning Ordinance-----If the Planning Board will not consider amending the growth ordinance. I recommend the following change to the Zoning Ordinance, with regard to the issuing of building permits. The change would require a two step process for a building permit. A preliminary permit would be issued requiring only a deed and the soils test. The final permit would be issued upon receipt of septic system, building plans, etc..
The current system for developers of a sub-division is not workable. In order to reserve permits, which is forced upon the developer, a septic plan, lot lay out, building plans, etc. have to be submitted or part of the application. At this point, the builder does not know what he is going to build or where on the lot the buyers will construct the house. This means more than likely that the permit will have to be changed, creating extra expense.
- Zoning Ordinance-----I would also like to see the driveway issue addressed. I am told that a driveway longer than 100 feet must be constructed as a road, meeting the requirements of such. This makes no sense since it still serves only one dwelling.
- If a permit is not used, a portion of the fee should be returned. The CEO has not been required to do any inspections, etc..
Edwin (Pete) Childs
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