Action on Rice Lumber subdivision application postponed again

By Carol Casey

The Development Review Board (DRB) heard from Patrick O’Brien, the developer of the Rice Lumber Property, and other interested parties at their meeting on July 18. The Rice Lumber application for preliminary plan approval to subdivide 46 acres into six commercial lots and four residential lots had been discussed at previous DRB meetings, but approval had not yet been given. Once again, the application was continued for consideration at the DRB’s next meeting. The staff had prepared a memorandum proposing 17 conditions for approval. Unresolved concerns about traffic safety and lack of specificity for connectivity within the development were serious enough for two DRB members to vote against approval. Three DRB members voted in favor, but a four-vote majority was required for the motion to carry. The DRB asked O’Brien to address these issues more fully before their next meeting.

In other business, the DRB approved:

-Design review applications for Kevin & Linda Riell for exterior renovations and the addition of a five-foot by 13-foot front porch, and for a replacement entrance sign at Shelburne Shopping Park.

-A boundary line adjustment between the First United Methodist Church and St. Catherine of Sienna Parish on Church Street, moving the boundary line five feet away from the Catholic Church rectory so that the boundary line no longer bisects the rectory.

-A conditional use application by Patricia Fontaine for the relocation of a stairway and a four-foot walkway on her property at 291 Ordway Shore Rd.

- A boundary line adjustment for lots 7 and 8 on Northern Heights Drive, due to new data provided in the most recent surveyor’s report. The previously filed variance application was withdrawn because an adequate building envelope now exists since different setback requirements will apply.

-A sketch plan for a subdivision at 1140 Webster Rd. Just prior to their meeting, the DRB conducted a site visit to the property. In making their decision, the DRB specifically stated that they were not approving any particular lot configuration for the property, but merely classifying it as a residential subdivision.

The next meeting of the Development Review Board will be held on Wednesday, Aug.1 at 7 pm in the Municipal Center.

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