Friday, April 2, 2010
Selectmen meeting notes, March 23
• Council on Aging transportation. Town Administrator Tim Goddard brought some good news before the Board of Selectmen on March 23 from Debra Siriani and Carol Killpartrick of the Council on Aging (COA). The town has an opportunity to save money by switching from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) regional assessment program to that run by the Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA). Currently the town pays $23,406 per year as a regional transportation assessment, and the COA’s transportation services qualify for a rebate of about $10,000. The MBTA does not provide direct services to Carlisle. By joining the Lowell region, Carlisle would pay the same initial assessment, but would be reimbursed monthly for the net cost of the COA drivers and van service, up to a maximum reimbursement of the full $23,406. At the request of the COA the Selectmen voted unanimously to petition the LRTA Advisory Board to become a member community.
• Increase in building permit fees. The Selectmen voted to implement recommendations of Building Commissioner John Luther to increase the building permit fee from $11 per thousand dollars of new home construction cost to $13. If the building is enrolled in the Energy Star Program Level 2 or higher, the rate would remain at $11. Luther said that costs are based on a construction cost of $200 per square foot of “habitable area” thereby simplifying the calculation of estimated construction cost. Presently as many as six different calculations are done to arrive at the building fee.
The last fee adjustments were made in 2006. The decision was made to review the fees next year after having experience with the new fee structure.
• Site Plan Review Regulations. Planning Board Chair David Freedman presented the latest draft of the Selectmen’s Rules and Regulations for Site Plan Review. Any construction of a new building or alteration of an existing building, the principal use of which is non-residential, is subject to Site Plan Review as required by Section 7.6 of the Zoning Bylaw. Establishment of a principal non-residential use in an existing building or establishment of a more intensive, non-residential use is subjected to the same review.
Change is recommended in both the Zoning Bylaws and in the Rules and Regulations in order to clarify their applicability by moving detailed application requirements from the Bylaws to the Selectmen’s Rules and Regulations. A bylaw change can only be accomplished by a Town Meeting vote and provisions cannot be waived. The Selectmen can waive elements of their Rules and Regulations if deemed advisable for a specific application.
A public hearing is scheduled at 8:30 p.m. during the April 12 Planning Board meeting on the proposed Bylaw change. The hearing will also consider the Rules and Regulations Governing Site Plan Review. ∆
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