Planning Board Minutes, March 10, 2020

11 February 2020

Planning Board Minutes

Called to order: 19:00

Members present: Acting Chairman Michael Rossney, David Carter, Richard Doane, Peter Neill, Andy Bowes, Danny Weed

Others present: CEO Duane Ford, Sean Thies, Justine Drake, Matt Swansburg

Acting Chairman Rossney stated that there was a quorum

Motion made and seconded to accept January 2020 minutes as read. Motion passed.

Old Business:
CEO Ford issued a stop work order at the site of the boathouse repair at 168 Carter Point Road. DEP involved. Town officials awaiting DEP ruling.

DEP visited 159 Carter Point Road project, indicated that the septic field is adequate distance from abutters well. Site is not within shoreland zone, therefore addition is permitted.

Application for pier at 7 Harding Lane submitted to DEP before submitting to planning board. According to plan, pier seems to protrude towards Nesbitt pier. Landowner informed that pier won’t be permitted by DEP as designed.

Access issue at other Harding Lane site is a civil matter. Town not to be involved.

Nesbitt building notification fee to be returned. Building notification not required for repairs. Nesbitt project to repair pier and boathouse.

New business:
Matt Swansburg of Borrego Solar, local office in Lowell, Ma. Proposing 7 megawatt solar facility generating 8.5 million KWH annually on leased land of Bruce and Linette Grindal, Map 3 Lot 68A. Area currently a commercial blueberry field. Lease of 20 acres for 20 years with 4 or 5 year extension possible. Sean Thiese and Justine Drake gave an overview of the layout of the project. Project to take up about 5 acres. 7 foot fence to enclose entire project. Proposal contingent on grant. 30 to 40 days to completion of feasibility study. Possible completion of project, 12 months from award of grant. There are a couple different ways that townspeople could benefit from project. Peter Neill suggested several other ways that townspeople could benefit. Most state permits would not be required for the project.
A motion was made and seconded to deem this the Pre-Application Conference for the Site Plan Review. Motion passed. Applicant has copy of Site Plan Review. Applicant to return to next meeting.

Motion made and seconded to adjourn, Motion passed. Adjourned at 20:55.

Respectfully submitted,
David A. Carter