2008-04-03 / News

Quiet meeting for planning commission

By Michaela Kennedy

Committee reports and an approval for a request to continue a preliminary subdivision review made up a brief regular meeting of the Planning Commission on March 19.

Ken Littman, attorney representing applicant Evelyn Furtado, asked for a six-month extension of the preliminary approval phase for a two-lot subdivision on Luther Street. The original engineer, Steven King, was no longer available to continue on the project, which was first approved, but then appealed, in 2006. The time would be needed to locate a new engineer, Littman said.

Town Planner Lisa Bryer handed out copies of ethics regulations that pertained to the commission. She addressed the policies for informational purposes for new commissioners and a review for seasoned board members. "There have been a lot of questions lately," she explained.

In a parking committee report, liaison Jean Brown noted that possible changes to parking limits downtown were discussed. The committee also considered drafting a policy that would require downtown deliveries to be done by 11 a.m., Brown added.

In a wind energy committee report, Bryer said the Town Council approved the committee's choice for a wind power consultant. Addressing a question about a board liaison to the committee, Bryer confirmed that the town planner was the liaison and a commissioner was not needed to fill the position.

Bryer said that the agenda was brief, but commissioners were spending time studying the charrette report and learning about the SmartCode in preparation for customizing the software template for zoning ordinance updates.

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