Zoning Board of Appeals

Thursday, March 4, 2010, 7:00 pm
Meeting Minutes
A meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals

Zoning Board of Appeals — Meeting Minutes — March 4, 2010

A duly posted meeting of the Shelburne Zoning Board of Appeals was held at the Selectmen's Meeting Room at Town Hall, 51 Bridge Street, Shelburne, on March 4, 2010.

Members Present: John Taylor, William Sweeney, Joe Palmeri, Lowell Laporte
Administrative Assistant: Faye Whitney
Members Absent: Catherine Smith, John Pollard, Ted Merrill

Chairman Joe Palmeri called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m.

Mr. Palmeri said that permission had been granted for the ZBA to use the community room in the new Greenfield Cooperative Bank building for meetings, if needed.

Mr. Sweeney announced that he would be resigning as regular member of the ZBA but would be willing to serve as an associate member. Associate members Catherine Smith and John Pollard will be asked if they would like to become full members of the Board.

Verizon has paid its advertising and legal fees to the town. SBA has not, as yet. A second letter has been sent asking for payment of $125 in legal fees.

The final version of the Procedural Rules and Regulations was signed by the Board and was given to Town Clerk Beverly Neeley. Mr. Sweeney was thanked for his work on the document.

A motion was made by Mr. Sweeney, seconded by Mr. Laporte, to approve the minutes of Feb 4 as amended.

Voting in favor: Mr. Taylor, Mr. Sweeney, Mr. Palmeri, Mr. Laporte
Opposed: None
Abstaining: None

A letter has been received from the building inspector concerning the denial of a permit to Verizon for changes to a structure at 202 Cooper Lane. The inspector wants an architectural and engineering review by the ZBA.

The Board plans future discussions in order to make clarifications on home-based business regulations, and sign regulations. These discussions will likely lead to future revisions of the zoning bylaws, which the Board feels have been unclear in some cases. Mr. Palmeri would also like to see better definitions of "structure" and "facility" and would like the bylaw regarding architectural and engineering reviews to be clarified. The Board's intention is to try to straighten out some of the existing discrepancies in the bylaws and work with the Planning Board on a future revision of the bylaws.

At 8:55 p.m. Mr. Sweeney moved that the meeting be adjourned. This was seconded by Mr. Laporte. The vote was unanimously in favor.

Respectfully submitted,

Faye Whitney, Administrative Assistant