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Zoning Board of Appeals — Meeting Minutes — January 3, 2008
Shelburne Town Hall

A duly posted meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals was held at the First Floor Meeting Room, 51 Bridge Street, Shelburne.

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

Absent: Laurie MacLeod, Catherine Smith

Chairman Joe Palmeri opened the meeting at 7:05pm.

Mail was reviewed. Discussion concerned last month's letter from the Registry of Deeds specifying how documents must be formatted to be usable for their scanning system in the future. The board consensus was that we would strive to include the requested 3" by 3" white space in the upper right corner of an 8.5" by 11" page on any of our documents for the Registry.

The board reviewed a Request for Special Permit submitted by Jessica Murrow of 35 Mechanic Street to operate a Bed & Breakfast. The board discussed that the submission lacked detail on the proposal and whether the Board can or should reject the application until it is deemed a "complete submission". The consensus was that it was any applicant's responsibility to provide sufficient detail no later than the hearing date or risk a rejection of the request. The Clerk was directed to advise the applicant about additional details which could/should be submitted. With consent of the Board, the Chair will set the public hearing date for February 7, 2008 at 7:30PM.

The board met with Attorney Kevin Parsons representing Gitsis Realty LLC for a preliminary discussion regarding the re-construction of the Stebbins Block (+/- 35 Bridge Street). The block was extensively damaged by fire in December 2007 and has been demolished. Parsons explained the owners are contemplating reconstruction versus sale of the lot, and that to make the project financially feasible any reconstruction plans would likely require action from the ZBA. Specifically there was discussion on sections 10.1.2 and 10.1.3 and whether one or both sections may apply, and review of setback and height restrictions in the current zoning bylaws. The Board made no decisions or votes in regard to the matter.

The Board reviewed and voted to approve the minutes of the 12/6/07 meeting.

A joint meeting of the Planning Board and ZBA was scheduled for 12/13/07 but the meeting was canceled due to snow. The next meeting is scheduled for January 10 at 7PM concurrently with the Planning Board's regular meeting. As it was unclear whether the meeting has been posted jointly, the Clerk will ask the Town Clerk to specifically post a ZBA meeting for that time and place.

Brief discussion was held on the status of the bylaw review project, the chances that changes would be ready for the 2008 Annual Meeting, and suggestions on priority items for which those who attend the meeting on January 10 should advocate.

Merrill moved to adjourn, seconded by Taylor, and it was so voted at 9:12 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

John E Taylor