02/15/2017 – PB Minutes
TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
Wednesday February 15, 2017
BETHLEHEM TOWN HALL MEETING ROOM
Present: Chairman Michael Bruno, Vice Chairman David Wiley, Sandy Laleme, Chris McGrath, Marie Stevenson and Johnathan Stevenson
Mike Bruno read the Public Notice for Rek-Lis Brewing. The Board went over the checklist for the SPR. For outside tasting on the patio. Mike Bruno motion to accept the checklist as complete Dave Wiley seconded. 6-0 motion carries.
Ian Downing owner of Rek-Lis was asked to explain his application. There will be 20/30 people at any given event, the 12x12 brewery is not enough room to accommodate this many people. This need is for the testing to be extended to the 14x14 patio. The parking issue was addressed by Chris McGrath. Ian Dowling said that parking was not an issue. He only has one neighbor who is not in favor of having someone park in front of their house. The rest of the street is fine with cars parking on the street just not blocking driveways. Dave Wiley would like to have the cars for events, park on the main street. He would also like the applicant to get a sign permit from the Select Board. Adding a sandwich board would help to alleviate the overflow parking, directing them to park on Main Street. Don Lavoie suggests a Port a potty. Greg Moore lets everyone know what a great spirit this would be to promote this business. Just to see the entrepreneurship. Sandy Laleme told the board that she thinks that they get way too caught up with parking. If it’s working; leave it alone send it through.
Chris McGrath motion to accept the SPR for Rek-Lis with the condition to add a sandwich board for parking from the Select Board. Sandy Laleme seconded 6-0 motion carries
Closed Public Hearing for Rek-Lis
Open Public Hearing for Dollar General Sub division
Mike Bruno read the Public Notice for Dollar General minor sub-division
Mike Bruno motion to accept the checklist as complete for DG sub-division.
Dave Wiley seconded 6-0 motion carries
The applicant Austin Turner spoke of the 2.64 acres sub division from the 20 acres. They plan on removing the cabins and capping off the existing septic. There will be a new modern septic design for the project. Austin Turner explained that a lot of homework has been done to prepare for this project. They have applied for a wetland permit. There are environmental scientists involved and see no concerns going forward. The parking lot surface is not proposed to be permeable pavement. Rainfall is proposed to be collected and then treated/infiltrated in the proposed storm water basins.
Mike Bruno motion to accept the sub-division Chris McGrath seconded 6-0 motion carries
Closed sub division DG
Site Plan Review for Dollar General
Mike Bruno read the Public Notice for Dollar General
He then read the SPR checklist.
Mike Bruno motion to accept the checklist as complete with pending application approvals
Chris McGrath seconds 6-0 motion carries
Austin Turner presented his SPR. He used feedback from the public from the conceptual for a new front design to be more in line with the look of the area. It will be a 75,000 sq. ft. building. Delivery will be once a week in early morning before store opens. Hours of operation will be
8-10 7 days a week/ The entrance/exit will have 400 feet of clear line of site. Austin Turner of Bohler Engineering described the situation on the property: This is a situation in which there are cabins uphill, wetlands down gradient and a pipe that comes out of the building and isn’t connected to the septic system. So a small section of the wetlands could be contaminated. Dave Wiley sent a letter to Evan Strimbeck regarding the sewage issue. He has not heard back from her as yet. He will be sending Ms. Strimbeck a registered letter next. Keep your neighbors in the loop Sandy Laleme told the applicant. The applicant told the board that they are committed to do this project. If all permitting goes as planned they plan to break ground in April. The applicant is requesting a waiver of a zoning requirement related to the number of parking spaces a building must have for its size. This is the result of extensive wetlands on the property. By having 30 spaces, there will be a smaller wetlands impact.
Louisa Bliss asked where the driveway would be coming out of Cherry Valley Road. She was told by Austin Turner that it would be directly across.
Planning board discussed the parking issue. The board would like 43 spaces per the ordinance and the applicant has allowed for only 30. This number has been calculated by the amount of cars at peak times in other Dollar Generals. It will also result to less impact on the wetlands. The applicant plans on using permeable soil to allow for less impact. Mike Bruno asked approximately how much impervious not being created for each space. Each space 10 x 20 (200 sq. feet). Approx. 3,000 feet less of impervious surface going from 43 to 30. There will be two storm water basins above ground. There is a full drainage report in the Dollar General file along with an AOT wetland application and Dot for the driveway.
Austin Turner asks for Boards input for the Site Plan.
Don Lavoie and Chris McGrath informed the PB that we cannot waive parking. Parking needs to be done by a variance from the ZBA. Mike Bruno agreed that we have in our ordnance that we cannot waive parking, only applicable to district one to be able to waive parking. The applicant needs to go to the Zoning board for the parking variance. Mike Bruno told the applicant that this Site Plan Review will be continued until March 8th, 2017 at 6:00pm.
The Planning Board will continue this SPR for Dollar General on March 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm.
Minutes from January 25, 2017.
Sandy Laleme motion to approve minutes Marie Stevenson seconds 6-0 motion carries
Mike Bruno and the board want to thank Chris McGrath for his service to the board. He will be running for Select Board.
Sandy Laleme motion to adjourn Dave Wiley seconds 6-0 motion carries