Meeting Minutes : Planning Commission

TOWN OF PITTSFORD

PLANNING COMMISSION

August 23, 2012

 

Planning Commission Members Present – Don Nickless, Trish Lewis, Chris Beitzel, Mike Gecha and Thor Konwin.   Others Present – Bev Peterson, Kathryn Parker, Donald Parker, Dorothy Parkinson, Robert Forrest, Ron Davis, Louise Davis, Brook Aldrich, Carol Aldrich, Allen Mills, Bobbie Mills, Emerson Frost, Jocelyn Frost, Jonathan Holt, Marjorie Holt, Nancy Scarcello, Jill Christiana, Thom Christiana, Christine Redman, Travis Redman, Jr., David Cooper, Evan Truchon, Vanessa Mills-Holmquist, Susan Shaw, Hilary Poremski-Beitzel, Kathy Gecha, Ernie Clerihew Jim Radamacher, Ann Radamacher, Ken Niemczyk – Zoning Administrator, Kelly Giard – Recording Secretary.

 

D. Nickless, Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

1. Application by Robert C. Forrest (applicant and owner) for property located at Allen Mills Road, Parcel ID #0437, in the Town of Pittsford, Vermont to subdivide parcel of land currently consisting of 265 acres into two (2) parcels consisting of ± 227 acres and 38.2 acres.

 

D. Nickless inquired if the land is currently surveyed.  Mr. Forrest indicated that there is a current survey, however, there is no planned use for the property as it is currently for sale.

 

T. Konwin indicated that the parcel borders 3 towns.  Mr. Forrest indicated that the property actually borders 4 towns.

 

M. Gecha inquired where the access would be for the parcel that is for sale.  Mr. Forrest indicated that the access issue would be passed along to the new buyer.

 

D. Nickless asked for clarification of the Allen Mills Road on the drawing that was presented.  Mr. Forrest indicated that the road does not abut the parcel, however, the larger parcel does abut the Allen Mills Road with no access.  D. Nickless inquired the proposed access.  Mr. Forrest indicated that he uses the State parcel to access the property.  T. Lewis inquired if there was a road or driveway.  Mr. Forrest indicated that this was a logging road that he has constructed.

 

Mr. Mills indicated that there was no access to the road, to which Mr. Forrest agreed.  D. Nickless indicated that the parcel was totally isolated.

 

T. Konwin inquired if this was a logging road.  Mr. Forrest agreed and indicated that the road goes to the property and was privately logged.

 

D. Nickless explained that the current zoning regulations require frontage on a road or waterway.  Mr. Forrest indicated that he was not aware of this requirement.  T. Konwin indicated that this would not be considered a legal parcel as a legal parcel requires accessibility.  D. Nickless inquired if there was an easement for the property.  Mr. Forrest indicated that there is no easement and he places a bond with the State for access.

 

K. Niemczyk indicated that the zoning regulations are clear that access is necessary by a public road or dedicated easement and the platt needs to show the access prior to recording.

 

Mr. Forrest indicated that the interested buyer has a right of way to the parcel.  T. Konwin explained that the right of way to the parcel needs to be shown to make the parcel a legal parcel.  D. Nickless explained that the required easement needs to be shown on the plat and identified as access.

 

Mr. Radamacher explained that Reunion Power easements are for a short period of time.

 

T. Konwin inquired if the abuttors were notified.  K. Niemczyk indicated that the abuttors were notified.

 

Motion by D, Nickless and seconded by T. Konwin close the hearing and defer the decision to Deliberative Session at 7:15 PM.  Motion passed unanimously 5 – 0.

 

  1. Application for site plan review by OMYA, Inc. to construct a replacement accessory structure being a substation providing electric power for the East Plant at the Verpol Facility in Florence, Vermont on Whipple Hollow Road.

 

Atty. Cooper explained the project and indicated that Act 250 was not required as there was no substantial change.

 

D. Nickless inquired if this was at the same location.  Mr. Truchon explained that the current substation would need to remain online until the completion of the proposed project, at which time, there would be a swap over.  Mr. Truchon explained that the proposed structure would be 50‘ north and 15’ lower than the current structure.  T. Konwin clarified that the proposed structure would be less visible.  Mr. Truchon agreed.

 

M. Gecha inquired if there would be any additional lights required.  Mr. Truchon indicated that there would be no additional lighting fixtures and Atty. Cooper indicated that the lights that are proposed are smaller than the current lights.

 

The neighbors inquired if there would be any additional noise.  Mr. Truchon indicated that there would only be transformer noise and no additional noise.  The neighbors also inquired if there would be any additional lights.  Mr. Truchon indicated that there would be yard lights that would only be used as necessary and would not be automatic.  Mrs. Mills inquired if the structure would be closer to neighboring houses.  Mr. Truchon indicated that the structure would be at the center of the facility.

 

Motion by T. Konwin and seconded by T. Lewis to approve the request as presented.  Motion passed unanimously 5 – 0.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT:

None presented at this time.

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

The Planning Commission members continued working on the Town Plan updates.  The Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on October 4, 2012, which will be properly warned and posted.  Copies of the amendments will be sent to the adjoining towns on August 28, 2012.

 

DELIBERATIVE SESSION:

Motion by D. Nickless and seconded by T. Konwin to enter into Deliberative Session to discuss the Forrest application.  Motion passed unanimously 5 – 0.  The Planning Commission entered into Deliberative Session at 9:53 PM.

 

The Planning Commission exited Deliberative Session at 10:04 PM.

 

Motion by T. Konwin and seconded by C. Beitzel to deny the application as presented, pursuant to Section 1103 of the current Zoning Regulations.  Motion passed unanimously 5 – 0.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

The Planning Commission adjourned at 10:09 PM.

The next meeting will be held on September 25, 2012 at 7:00 PM.

 

Respectfully Submitted

 

 

Kelly Giard, Recording Secretary

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                                                                        Don Nickless, Chair

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                                                                        Thor Konwin, Vice Chair

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Trish Lewis

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Mike Gecha

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Chris Beitzel