Friday, August 16, 2002
Shorts from the planning board
• Epstein resigns. Planning board member Michael Epstein resigned after seven years on the board at the meeting of July 22. Epstein had served a one-year term as chairman and led the board's efforts to revise the town's cluster bylaw at Town Meeting.
Epstein's background as an attorney served the board well in drafting changes to rules and regulations, as well as with bylaw changes. Chairman Kate Reid remarked, "I wasn't surprised by his resignation. We knew that he stayed on to complete the changes to the rules and regulations and he very graciously did that. We are very grateful that he did."
Epstein's resignation leaves a vacancy on the seven-member board. By statute, the planning board and the board of selectmen may jointly appoint an individual to fill the vacancy until the election in the spring. The board is actively looking for an individual to serve the remaining six months.
• Pine Meadows. The board discussed the rescission of the approval for the Pine Meadows development. The subdivision has not been completed in the designated time nor has developer William Costello requested an extension. However, all fifteen of the lots have been sold. Attorney Rich Gallogly of Rackman, Sawyer & Brewster, representing Costello, maintained that the board is "structurally unable" to rescind approval since all the lots are built and in separate ownership. The board decided to take no action.
• High Woods Lane. Christopher Fleming, who has a special permit for a common driveway on High Woods Lane, was present to discuss drainage issues. Responding to a letter from the board's consultant at Earth Tech, Fleming stated a willingness to make improvements that were within his property. However, Fleming stated, "There always was a huge puddle on this part of West Street. I think that it would be unfair to condition approval on [the installation of a swale] as it clearly is not part of the plan."
Prior to issuing an occupancy permit, the building inspector needs a sign-off from the board indicating that the private drive has been completed according to plan. The board suggested that Fleming discuss this with his engineer and return to the board at a future meeting.
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