Ordinance Review Committee Minutes

Ordinance Review Committee Minutes - January 19, 2017

Meeting Date
Marianne Archard and Susan Burns

The Ordinance Review Committee met Thursday, January 19th at the Town House at 6:30 pm.  Marianne Archard and Susan Burns attended.

The first discussion item covered review of the proposed ordinance amendments on road setbacks and mobile home park subdivisions. Marianne agreed to make the changes necessary for the February public hearing.

The second discussion item concerned the public hearing date, time and location, set for the Ordinance Review Committee's regular meeting, February 19th at 7 pm in the Town House.

The discussion then covered the Committee's report for the Vienna 2016 Town Report and public notice for the February public hearing.  Susan agreed to draft the Committee's annual report and ordinance warrant articles and the public hearing notice.  Marianne agreed to post the public hearing notices with the proposed amendments at the Town House and Post Office and to send them to Jim Anderberg to post on the Town's website.

The meeting adjourned at 7:10 pm.

Ordinance Review Committee Minutes - December 15, 2016

Meeting Date
Jim Anderberg, Marianne Archard and Susan Burns

The Ordinance Review Committee met Thursday, December 15th at the Town House at 6:30 pm. 

Committee members discussed the draft amendments to the road setback requirements following the work session with the Planning Board in November.  The November meeting resulted in a compromise, proposing a setback of a consistent 50-foot distance from public roads and maintaining a 40-foot distance from private roads in the draft amendments to road setback requirements in the Building Ordinance, Shoreland Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations. The November meeting also discussed reducing the building permit fees for so-called hoop and shed-in-a-box structures.  Susan agreed to revise the draft amendments for the Committee's January 2017 meeting.

Committee members also discussed adding the term 'mobile home parks' to the list of uses/types of residences covered by the Subdivision Regulations. The proposed changes would include applicable definitions of terms and incorporate appropriate references to Maine State statutes regarding municipal regulation of mobile home parks.  Susan agreed to draft the proposed subdivision amendments for the January 2017 meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 7:20 pm.

Ordinance Review Committee Minutes - November 17, 2016

Meeting Date
Committee members: Jim Anderberg, Marianne Archard, Susan Burns
Planning board members: Creston Gaither, Waine Whittier, Eddie Lawless, Alan Williams
Code Enforcement officer: John Archard

The meeting focused largely on the draft ordinance revisions establishing consistent road setbacks in the Building, Shoreland Zoning and Subdivision ordinances. Much of the discussion pertained to the 60-foot setback from public roads and the purpose of the setback. Three of the PB members expressed concern that it was excessive, limiting building from too large an area of a lot. VORC members pointed out that on 4- rod (66 ' right-of-way) roads, a shorter 40- foot setback could result in buildings located only seven feet from the edge of the r-o-w. It was finally agreed to set the road setback distance at 50 feet, as currently required in the Subdivision Ordinance. It was also agreed to add proposed language addressing lots with both water and road frontage and setback requirements.

Discussion also covered considering the appropriate fees for building permits for temporary buildings as well as changes to the Subdivision Ordinance regarding mobile home parks.


Ordinance Review Committee Minutes - October 20, 2016

Meeting Date
Jim Anderberg, Marianne Archard and Susan Burns

Committee members agreed to invite the Planning Board to the November meeting to review and discuss proposed revisions to three ordinances: Building, Shoreland Zoning and Subdivision.

Discussion followed about developing draft language on consistent road setbacks in all three ordinances. The proposed changes would set a consistent 60-foot setback from public roads as currently required in the Building Ordinance and a 40-foot setback from private roads, establish measurement from the centerline of the existing traveled way and delete measurement from the edge of the r-o-w in the Building Ordinance.

Susan agreed to draft the proposed revisions and send them to other members in late October so the draft could be reviewed and revised before the November meeting with the Planning Board. The meeting adjourned at 8:05 pm

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