Vol. II No. 15 8/1/2021
Notes from the Planning Board, July 20, Hybrid Meeting
submitted by Meryl Phair
- Bill Vogt, Chair
- Marie Raftery, Vice Chair
- Gary Pitney
- Nancy Socha
- Kate Fletcher
- Wayne Slosek
- Carl Sprague (via Zoom)
Also present, Thomas Matuszko, Executive Dir, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC), Michael Canales, Town Administrator, Jennifer Carmichael, Secretary
- Phil Arnold, consultant, could not be present so discussion of ADU (Accessory Dwelling Units) postponed.
- Canales presented a process for BRPC consultant (Arnold) going forward.
- Last year the focus was on bylaw revision. This year, subject to PB approval, planner would take a "holistic" approach. That is, the planner would work with Canales, and other committees, commissions, and boards as appropriate given the issue identified.
- Based on funds available ($25,000 of the $40,000 approved at Town Meeting), the planner would spend one day a week in Town Offices
- The consultant would take a wider scope on current issues by providing researched background information on all options available for specific projects, assist in identifying funding sources, and present options to PB.
- The PB would identify the issues for the consultant to work on and the results would be presented to PB.
- PB approved new process by unanimous vote. Canales will draw up contractual arrangements with BRPC regarding the role of the consultant.
- Fletcher requested quarterly updates on spending from Canales.
- PB agreed first issue to consider would be Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU).
- Process to be evaluated after 6 months.
- Chair said Jeff Lacy, never associated with BRPC, would have a different relationship.
- In the arrangement with Lacy and the PB, the PB chair (Bill Vogt) will be the liaison between the Board and the consultant.
- Kate Fletcher stressed the need for effective communication with the consultant.
- Carl Sprague noted that the PB needs to also have effective communication and feedback with the public.
- The PB discussed the Cottage Ara Estate Bylaw and NRPZ.
- Chair wished to approve process with Lacy and discuss whether to include Cottage Era in NRPZ or consider it separately at a later date.
- Reassess in 3 to 6 months.
- Approval of the July 6 meeting postponed subject to a correction submitted in writing by Fletcher. Fletcher thought the meeting minutes should include more of the discussion that took place.
Photo: Joan Gallos