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Zoning Board of Appeals — Meeting Minutes — July 6, 2006—7:00 p.m. — Shelburne Town Hall

A duly posted meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals was held at the Shelburne Town Hall, 51 Bridge St, Shelburne.

Present: Joseph Palmeri, John Taylor, William Sweeney, Lowell Laporte, Theodore Merrill

Absent:  None

Chairman Joe Palmeri called the meeting to order at 7:03pm.

Appointment 7:00-The board met with Joseph Poirier of Skinner Road who inquired of the Board’s requirements for access to a lot.  The board referred Mr. Poirier to the Zoning Bylaws that are the “rules” that must be used by all Boards.  The Board also reviewed that James Hawkins the Zoning Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector would be the one to make any initial interpretation or ruling, and if there was disagreement on the issue the property owner might be able to appeal to this Board.

The mail was reviewed, which included notices of the Block Grant construction project progress in the “Keystone lot”, minutes from the Open Space Committee and a letter from Building Inspector Hawkins to Terry Kimball of Old Albany Road denying a permit for a detached garage due to inadequate setback dimension.

Appointment 8:00 – The board met with William Neeley of Mohawk Trail who inquired about the process of subdividing a building lot.  The Board suggested that the Planning Board handled “subdivisions” of lots and we did not foresee how this topic would need a ZBA ruling.

The Board continued general conversation concerning the proposed revisions of the Zoning Bylaws, which are being considered by the Planning Board.    Sweeney and Merrill attended the most recent meeting on 6/15/06, and the next meeting is planned for 7/27/06.

Resident Daniel Larose of Patten Hill Road visited the meeting and inquired of the Board concerning what could or could not be done to existing non-conforming lots and structures.  After general discussion Mr. Larose was also pointed to Building Inspector Hawkins and the Zoning Bylaws for specifics.

Board discussed the benefit of having the “alternate” member positions filled. 

The reading of prior minutes was tabled until next meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:25pm.

Respectfully submitted,

John E Taylor