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Aug 16, 2016

Approved Planning Board Minutes August 16, 2016


LITTLETON PLANNING BOARD

COMMUNITY CENTER HEALD ROOM

120 MAIN STREET

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2016

APPROVED

6:30 P.M.

 

 

PRESENT:  Vice Chair Linda MacNeil, Bruce Ralston, Val Poulsen, Mary Menzies, Milton Bratz, Jim Daly, Tony J. Ilacqua, and Joanna Ray (recording secretary)

 

EXCUSED: Colin Trahan

 

OTHERS:  Rod Trahan, Mike Norman, Ron Bolt

 

At 6:30, Vice Chair MacNeil called the meeting to order.  Mary Menzies was designated a voting member for the night. 

 

Review minutes

July 19, 2016.  Milton Bratz made a motion to approve the minutes as written.  Val Poulsen second the motion.  The motion passed by all.

 

August 2, 2016.  Since there wasn’t a quorum at this meeting, there were no minutes to approve.

 

Steven L. Whitcomb, Executor of Lyle F. Whitcomb Estate / Thomas S. Smith, Agent – PB16-05 – Request for a Lot Line Adjustment between 291 and 299 Railroad Street, tax maps 81-19 & 81-20, in the R-Ia zone.  The hearing was noticed in the Caledonian Record, the abutters were notified, and the application fees were paid.  The application was accepted as complete. 

 

Tom Smith presented.  Val Poulsen pointed out an error in the acreages.  The adjustment of .11 acres will result in lot 19 being 1.19 acres and lot 20 being .38 acres.  Town water and sewer service both lots.  The abutter across the street commented that this does not affect him.  There were no other questions or comments.  The public input was closed.

 

Bruce Ralston made a motion to approve the request with the corrected acreage amounts.  The applicant must comply with all Federal, State, and Local regulations.  Val Poulsen second the motion.  The motion passed by all.

                                            

Rodney & Donna Trahan, Owners – PB16-06 – Request for an Additional Site to allow a storage building at 165 Union Street, tax map 79-60, in the C-I zone.  The hearing was noticed in the Caledonian Record, the abutters were notified, and the application fees were paid.  The application was accepted as complete. 

 

Mike Norman presented the plan and explained that the Trahan’s also own the abutting property with Arrow Equipment.  This parcel was purchased with an old barn that was removed last year to do the condition of the building.  It was a safety hazard. The previous structure was used for storage, furniture store, etc.  The ZBA recently approved a variance to allow non-conforming setbacks of the replacement building.  The new structure will basically be in the same location with a 6-foot side setback.  The rear of the building will act as a retaining wall with a 15-foot setback.

 

The proposed location will provide adequate space for vehicle parking.  There will be a loading dock and an additional bay door.  The intent is to build a two-story building and a permit will be applied for. The elevation of the building will match their building on the abutting lot.  The size of the building will most likely be 40’ X 90’, but it might be slightly smaller.  Rod and the Board discussed the existing drainage and catch basin.  Mike assured the Board that proper drainage will be connected to the current catch basin.  The present system is working and they do not anticipate any changes.  The building will be stick built and to current building codes.  The building will be for storage only.

 

There were no other questions or comments.  The public input was closed.

 

Val Poulsen made a motion to approve the request as presented.  The applicant must comply with all Federal, State, and Local regulations.  Milton Bratz second the motion.  The motion passed by all. 

 

Master Plan Energy Chapter   

Ron Bolt presented some recommended changes from the Energy Committee.  It has been five years since the original adoption of this chapter.  The Energy Chapter has been trimmed down to eleven pages from sixteen.  The Committee wanted to keep some of the historical information and the early efforts.  The update is more Littleton centric.  Ron provided a list that highlights the changes made in the chapter. 

 

Vice Chair MacNeil asked about the municipal building energy audits.  Ron confirmed they were done in the spring.  There was discussion about making information available to the residents for home energy audits.  Some businesses offer incentives for energy audits and changes made to the home.  Littleton Water & Light does not offer any incentive rebates because they are an independent supplier and has not opted to participate in the programs.  Littleton has the lowest rates.  Ron was informed that Littleton Hospital does not recycle in the patient rooms.  He will pass the message along that it is being suggested they recycle in all areas.

 

Vice Chair MacNeil asked how people would know where to go for recycled items such as the ones that used to be sold at Admac Salvage.  Ron suggested ads in the newspaper or perhaps the Town website.  A list of places related to energy can be provided.  The Energy Committee is very small now and is only five members.  The Committee is still looking for grants.  For many of them, the Town is not eligible for because of LW&L not be a participant.  All of the lights in the municipal buildings were replaced. 

 

Vice Chair MacNeil stated she likes the way the new chapter looks.  She also stated that changes in behavior is a big piece of saving energy and people need to realize the common sense part of it.

 

Ron and the Board discussed the vendor that offered a solar power deal with the Town a year or so ago.  After discussion and research, it was decided that it would be too expensive.  The current offer would be for the solar company to go through LW&L and sell it to someone else.  There are questions being asked on the legality of this. 

 

The Board thanked Ron and the Energy Committee for the hard work.  A public hearing for the adoption of the amended chapter will be scheduled for September 20, 2016.  The Board will not meet on September 6, 2016.

 

Master Plan Land Use Chapter

The Board reviewed the list of suggested survey questions.  Milton offered to reformat the questions and explained that he has experience with creating questionnaires.  He would like input from the Board for questions by the November 15th meeting.  Milton suggested the Board ask the Town for money to mail them out at random to get a variety of households.  It would be a warrant article.

 

The Board was given information on the Law Lecture Series in September and October.  Anyone interested in attending can register themselves or have the Planning & Zoning Office register them.

 

At 8:00, Tony J. Ilacqua made a motion to adjourn.  Val Poulsen second the motion.  The motion passed by all.

 

Submitted by,

Joanna Ray