Vol. II No. 23 12/1/2021
Notes from the Planning Board (PB), November 16, Hybrid Meeting
- Bill Vogt, Chair
- Marie Rafferty, Vice Chair
- Gary Pitney
- Wayne Slosek
- Nancy Socha
Present via Zoom: Kate Fletcher and Carl Sprague
Also present: Jennifer Carmichael, Secretary, Michael Canales Town Administrator, Denny Alsop, Patrick White
- Minutes approved as amended. Fletcher mentioned that Open Meeting Law requires documents presented in a meeting be identified.
- Discussion of consultant BFC's outline for Stockbridge Zoning Bylaw survey. Many pros and cons — does PB know what its goal is? Will it be unduly time consuming? Is it expensive? The last survey received 211 responses — was that a good response? White explained that a 12% return was good and that 180 of the 211 responses actually came from Stockbridge Updates' request for responses.
- White also mentioned that the results from the last survey will be discussed with Select Board on December 9 — perhaps it could be a joint meeting.
- Both Sprague and Fletcher thought the results from the last survey would be interesting as it related to housing as does the proposed PB survey. They suggested that the last survey results be discussed at next PB meeting.
- Vogt said he would prefer waiting for the consultant's report about his site visit before deciding on a survey.
- Another public meeting was suggested with specific questions.
- Finally, there seemed to be consensus to do a town-wide mailing of Draft 8 with a cover letter and questions. Cost of mailing discussed. Method to return answers — by mail? Slosek agreed provided one question would be: should the PB proceed with NHRPZ or drop it? The Chair offered to write a draft of the cover letter for Board consideration.
- Sites that the consultant will visit were discussed. In last edition, SU suggested adding the Tanglewood property, specifically the property with lake frontage BSO owns across the road from Tanglewood grounds with lake frontage. Sprague seemed to concur as it was a very large tract without any restrictions. Others were opposed. Rafferty said it was unfortunate to mention Tanglewood.
- The properties on the list are: Highwood (the part in Stockbridge), Stone Hill, Eden Hill, Kripalu, Oronoque or White Pines, Meadow Road, Camp Mahkeenac, Campion Farms, and 37 Interlaken (DeSisto).
- Canales is revisiting the PB's relationship with Berkshire Regional Planning Commission.
Editor's note: BFC is a consulting firm that creates surveys, but no indication what BFC stands for.
Photo: Jay Rhind