Vol. II No. 22 11/15/2021
Notes from the Planning Board (PB) November 2 — Hybrid meeting
- Bill Vogt, Chair
- Marie Rafferty, Vice Chair
- Gary Pitney
- Wayne Slosek
- Nancy Socha
- Present via Zoom: Kate Fletcher
Also present: Jennifer Carmichael, Secretary, Attorney Nick Arienti, Patrick White
- Minutes approved subject to two corrections
- The changes at 37 Mahkeenac Road were considered "amended plans" rather than new plans. So PB could approve. The measure was approved.
- Request to change name of road from Stone Ridge Road to Campion Farm Road. Attorney Nick Arienti, on behalf of owner, said it would more correctly reflect the history and facilitate the police and fire departments finding the road. Vote to approve was unanimous of those present.
- 8 Mahkeenac — out of an abundance of caution submitted to PB although Select Board (SB) is the approving authority. Voted NOT to review plans, they will be presented to SB.
- Discussion of consultant Jeff Lacy's visit.
- Determined he would visit Stockbridge alone (his request) and report to PB. Of six present, 5 approved, 1 opposed. Fletcher would have preferred accompanying Lacy.
- Approved list of properties to suggest to Lacy for his tour: DeSisto School, Stone Ridge development, High Lawn Farm (that portion in Stockbridge), Elm Court, Eden Hill, Kripalu, perhaps Oronoque and/or White Pines, and Camp Mahkeenac.
- White suggested that the list should include undeveloped land, and not include Camp Mahkeenac.
- Discussion of survey of Town residents and their opinions of the proposed NHRPZ and Cottage Era Bylaws.
- For the Municipal Vulnerability Survey, a company called BFC was hired (did not say what initials stood for) was hired. PB is considering hiring BFC for their survey.
- Socha was concerned about timing — if want to present to Town Meeting, is there time for a survey?
- Concern was expressed about the time and money already spent. One member asked, how much has been spent on consultant Lacy? Chair did not know.
- White was concerned about issues still not addressed although PB already working on Draft # 8
- Concern about density at development on Campion Farm Road. Pitney and Fletcher explained current Stockbridge bylaws have conservation restriction and houses must be built "in envelopes" that assure conserved land surrounding.
Editor's questions: 1. The BSO/Tanglewood property is not on list although it owns 538 acres in Stockbridge — the land including The Shed, Linde Center etc. In addition, Tanglewood owns many, many acres across the road including the "parking field" and lake front property. The Tanglewood campus may be off list as it is owned and in use, but the land across the street could be developed by BSO or sold for development by BSO. Why not include it for consultant's tour? 2. SU was thanked for distributing the last BFC questionnaire. Of 211 questionnaires returned over 100 responses came from the SU request. We will be pleased to help again.
Stockbridge stream. Photo: Patrick White.