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Zoning Board of Appeals — Meeting Minutes — January 1, 2007—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, Lowell Laporte, Theodore Merrill

Absent:  William Sweeney

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Chairman Joe Palmeri called the meeting to order at 7:10pm.

The Chair reported that member William Sweeney has requested a leave of absence due to the decent passing of his wife, Judy Sweeney.  The request is before the Board of Selectmen.

The Board reviewed a Request for Special Permit received from Attorney Kevin Parsons representing Mitchell Excavating Inc for the installation of a concrete batch plant at 855 Mohawk Trail.   The Building Inspector had denied Mitchell’s building permit citing that the proposal exceeded the 35 foot height limitation and that the project would require a Special Permit as the use was not specifically permitted in the commercial zone.

The Board voted to set a Hearing on the Special Permit for 7:15PM on Thursday March 1, 2007 at the Town Hall.  A site visit will be scheduled on February 27, 2007 at 5:00pm as per the custom/rules of the board.    Palmeri will notify the appropriate Town Office staff for posting and room reservations.

Balance of Board mail reviewed.

Discussion was held on the availability of a computer workstation at Town Hall, and its use for and by the ZBA.   A demonstration of Pictometry software, which allows for aerial images of Shelburne to be utilized for zoning issues, was reviewed.

Discussion was held concerning the zoning changes under discussion by the Ad Hoc Zoning Committee and those who attended reported on the recent informational meeting.  The board discussed the value of having consistency in size limits of retail, office, and other commercial uses for the benefit of the building inspector and ZBA.   The Board also reviewed the revised “Use Table”.  Palmeri agreed to draft a list of questions for the next Ad Hoc Zoning Committee meeting.  The Board chose not to vote to support or oppose the items but rather to ask questions for clarification.

Palmeri reported that due to surgery he may not be able to attend the next meeting.  The Board discussed that we are in need of “alternates” and we should ask the Board of Selectmen to fill those positions.   Next monthly meeting will be 2/1/07.

Motion was made and so voted to close at 9:30pm.

Respectfully submitted,

John E Taylor
Clerk