Planning Board: Minutes

Cheshire Planning Board
Monday, May 21, 2018  7PM Cheshire Community Center
 
Present: Donna M. DeFino, Ronald W. DeAngelis, Sandra Sloane, Nick Graham, Francis M. Griswold and Peter Traub
Absent:
 
At 7PM Donna opened the monthly meeting of the Cheshire Planning Board. 
 
Nick motioned to accept the minutes for April 2018 as presented; 2nd by Ron with a unanimous vote taken.
 
Brian Koczela of BEK Engineering presented a Form A plan for Fortier/Stafford Hill.  There is over three hundred feet of frontage and 34 acres.  Peter reviewed the necessary information needed according to the Cheshire Protective and Planning Zoning Bylaw/adopted on June 8, 2015. Requirements were met and Mr. Koczela noted that the existing shed would be taken down.   (Intensity Regulations 4.2) All agreed.  With no further questions, Ron motioned to approve the Fortier Form A; 2nd by Nick.  A unanimous vote was taken.
 
7:12PM
Fran recused himself and Alternate, Sandra Sloan replaced him.
Donna stated that the Continuation Hearing for the Karen Scholz Solar Array Project was now open for further discussion and invited each person in attendance to submit their questions.
Resident, LaFramboise:
- Questioned if the power lines can handle all of the wires with their weight.
Answer:  (Kevin A. McCaffery, PE)
- A wiring diagram will be provided at the next Continuation Hearing from the firm.
Nick:
- "Are all permits in place with the power company?
Answer:  (Kevin A. McCaffery, PE)
The company, at the next Continuation Hearing will provide an update on the interconnection agreement.
Donna:  See Appendix G-Impact Study Agreement".
Resident Mr. Robert Galisa:
Remarked that he, "Don't want it there".  It will destroy the views and property values will go down".  There is a deer path and many hunters hunt there.  Migratory patterns will be lost and there are wetlands there.  A chain link fence will have an adverse effect on the wildlife in the area. "Study the birds, animals, and geese.  This property has been hayed yearly for nearly thirty years-it is not a farm”.
In 1980 the soil was dug up for chemical contaminates and he wanted to know if there is an recent assessment on the soil now.  The EPA was involved and are wells safe and is it all cleaned up?
Donna recommended Mr. Galisa attend the upcoming Cheshire Conservation Commission Hearing on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 5pm at the Cheshire Town Hall.
Answer:  (Kevin
Stated that he will offer a summarization of the contamination history at the next meeting.
He said the DEP knows the cleaned up site.  If there is bad soil, wells would be checked.
Resident Galisa:  "What happens if the water is contaminated?”
Answer:  Kevin McCaffery.
"Briefly, if anything happens it is the owners responsibility - anything".
Resident T. Jayko:
Question:  Concerned about the lack of adequate screening.  "The glare shines right at my face. “ He would welcome the Board to make a site visit.  The sun is a long ways away- keep it in mind when you are planning screening".
Donna felt it was a distance away and a visit was not necessary.  However, in an attempt to figure out the actual intensity of the glare, five residents will be contacted before a visit is made to experience the glare.  Times and locations will be documented.
Resident, Emery:
Question:  Wondered about the evergreens that will be selected for the screening and most importantly the size of the plants.  Additionally, winters are difficult and should some plants die, will they be replaced?  Mr. Emery also reminded those present that the original settlers choose the area for the prettiest views - they are spectacular.  He asked the Cheshire Planning Board to not detract from that view.
Resident Spratlin:
"The project has an adverse affect on the neighborhood.  Home values will go down."
Resident, Darlene Rodowicz:
Question:  "When do these become commercial projects.  Twenty acres of solar panels is no longer residential.  Does this type of project increase in property values like a house would?"
Also questioned was the fact that if it is not functioning, is there an agreement in place to resolve the issue(s).
Answer:  There will be an agreement in place.  Ms. Rodowicz also noted that she was at the BOS meetings on two Tuesdays and was unable to see the plans.  Carole H. stated she did not
understand why as the Town Clerk receives copies of all plans for applications submitted and are available for public viewing when the Town Clerk's Office is open.
Resident, 1330 Wells Road:
Stated, "It will be in my backyard, it's a commercial project.  The scenic views are beautiful.  What happens in two (2) or five (5) years will I still be looking at solar waste?"
Resident Mr. Chalmers:
Questioned how it will be screened and what is the maintenance plan?  Also questioned was the cutting on the southeast corner and the potential impacts of possible cutting. 
(Kevin McCaffery) answered that he will have access to the tree specifics proposed for screening both for the height and the species."
Donna:  Answered: "The fencing will be six (6) to seven (7) feet high."
Patricia Bernier:
The Bernier’s have lived at this property for fifteen years. The husband works 40 to 50 hours a week on landscaping.  "Now, it will be defaced with solar panels.  What happens to the value of their property?  Just look at the barns on the Scholz property."
Answer:  Kevin McCaffery "The larger barn is coming down and it is an eyesore".
Peter:
In the case of the views, a person can be subjunctive or objective.  How long will it take for the screening in two (2) or five (5) or ten (10) years?
496 East Harbor:
- This resident is north of the project right on the border.  Questioned the fence height and if the old fencing and wire would be removed.  The area is a pristine area for wildlife.  The area should be preserved as the town is running out of open land.  This land is absolutely gorgeous and she hates to see this done.  Husband:  "Everything just let go-gets hayed once a year".
Donna:
Regarding the maintenance of the solar fields.  The owner will be responsible for the mowing of the lawn up to the fence.
Resident, LaFramboise:
Question:  "When did the bylaws get changed?  There should be more to protect the scenic views".   Donna answered, "2015".
Resident, Jayko:
"You're talking about screening and you are cutting down mature trees that are there now!"
Kevin was asked where his company has completed other solar projects in Massachusetts.
The answer was vague saying he thinks 25-40 projects.  Kevin McCaffery will provide examples of solar projects in MA similar to this project at the next meeting.
369 East Harbor:
Questioned how close the arrays will be to the stream. Kevin McCaffery said, “It will be according the DEP. Requirements.”
Kevin McCaffery:
"There will be an open bottom arch with concrete footings on each side. The distance will be a twenty-four foot opening.
Sandra:  Wiring. "Is it possible to go underground?"  Kevin:  "Too expensive".
Donna:  What is the true height of the panels?  She has heard six (6)-seven (7) feet and ten (10) feet.
Kevin: McCaffery "There may be a variation as when they go to purchase they purchase what is available."
Donna:  "The Board will not accept a two (2) foot tree! Four (4) foot trees are acceptable.  Suggested using bushes that are resistant to the appetite of deer.”
Questioned if the company has been in contact with the Cheshire Fire and Police and if the Police would receive keys to the boxes on all gates.
Kevin McCaffery:  The company is will to work with the town.
Donna:
Maximum coverage will be 15-20%.  This will be addressed with the Technical Report.
Noted that Hill Engineering should be contacted and the cost could be estimated at $3K-$4K.  The money would have to be given to the town to put into an escrow account.  This would include the landscaping plan.  Should any amount be leftover, it will be returned.
Donna:
Glare Study:  Topography goes down orientation faces up.  You cannot screen glare". Donna said, "I recently drove by Route 8 and I was blinded by the solar farm". Plans are forthcoming to visit five (5) properties that fear more glare will be coming from this project. Donna noted that there are different types of glare; “am, pm, glink, or constant light.” Donna will coordinate the visits.
Kevin McCaffery:
Asked if Donna would share a glare study recently do by another company.
Nick:
Nick suggested questioning the town assessors regarding property values.  For wind power, property values did/do drop.  No statistics on solar power. 
- “Is this commercial?”
Donna:  "No, Light Industrial".
Donna stated that the next Scholz Continuation Hearing will take place on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7pm at the Cheshire Community Center.
Nick motioned to close the Hearing and to continue on July 9th; 2nd by Ron with a unanimous vote taken.
8:55PM
Special Permit Application for Justin Zieminski, 128 Fales Road, Cheshire, MA. 
Donna read the Berkshire Eagle Legal Notice. 
Donna started with a statement that, the Cheshire Planning Board, “Cannot approve an idea.”
Sandra: “There are no measurements.”
Donna:
As stated in the Cheshire Rules and Regulations, an engineer drawing must be submitted and it has to be by a licensed registered engineer. Showing two (2) x's to mark dwellings is not acceptable.
Donna said a sight visit took place and the proposed building will not be a barn but a dwelling for relatives to live in.  “It needs its own driveway.”  Cheshire does not allow common driveways."  Donna read 4.3 in the Protective and Planning Zoning Bylaws.  No shared driveway provisions.
Fran:
"It will have a well, septic, and an eating/cooking area.  Needs a driveway- no shared driveway are permitted".
Resident, William Craig: "It specifically has to?"
Donna:
There are two separate dwellings- access to each property is necessary.
Peter:
Read 4.3 in the Protective and Planning Zoning Bylaw and said the Planning Board is the granting authority.
Fran:
Fran explained an old case with a similar situation.
Resident William Craig:
Asked if the dwelling was attached to the original house would that be ok?
Donna:  “No in-law apartments are permitted in Cheshire.”
Peter:
Need a plan and square footage by a stamped plan/drawings with setbacks by a professional
Licensed-Registered Engineer.
 
Donna:
One (1) property.  One (1) dwelling.
The CPB will not deny the application and will await additional information-an engineer would provide all of the necessary information.
 
Donna read a note from Gerry Garner, Building Inspector where he clearly writes that no common driveways are permissible in the Town of Cheshire.
 
Nick motioned to have the Zieminski Continuation Hearing with the Cheshire Planning Board take place on Monday, July 23, 2018 at 7pm in the Cheshire Annex.
 
Steve Marko addressed the Board by saying he was quiet this evening and was able to see the tough job the planning board has.  "At the April meeting, I was rude and it got out of hand.  He stated that he is most respectful to and of the planning board’s work.  He sincerely apologized and said it will not happen again.  Donna spoke for the board and said the apology was accepted.  "Thank you and it will never happen again".
 
A letter from SWCA from CVE North America, 116 W. 23rd Street, Suite 500, NY, NY 1001 dated May 21, 2018 was submitted noting information on the Decommissioning Estimate of Sunrise on East Harbor, Cheshire, MA.  A schedule of decommissioning costs were described in a chart showing the Quantity, Unit, Unit Cost and the Task Cost.  The potential site restoration costs would be $111,350.
 
9:30PM
Nick motioned to adjourn; 2nd by Fran.  A unanimous vote was taken.

Respectfully submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Recording Secretary
Donna DeFino, Chairman
Francis Griswold
Peter Traub
Ronald DeAngelis
Nick Adams
Sandra Sloane, Alternate Member

Cheshire Planning Board
Hearing:  Monday, April 23, 2018  7PM
Cheshire Annex
Present: Donna M. DeFino, Ronald W. DeAngelis, Sandra Sloane, and Nick Graham
Absent: Francis M. Griswold and Peter Traub
 
Audience: See sign-in-sheet
 
At 7PM Donna opened the monthly meeting of the Cheshire Planning Board. 
Ron motioned to accept the minutes for March 2018 as presented; 2nd by Nick with a unanimous vote taken.
Donna read The Berkshire Eagle Legal Notice posted on Saturday, April 14, 2018 and Saturday, April 21st for a solar project on the Karen Scholz property at 0 East Harbor Road.
“Notice is hereby given that the Cheshire Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 7:15PM at the Cheshire Community Center to consider an Application for a Special Permit from CVE North America, Inc. (CVE), SWCA Environmental Consultants (SWCA) has prepared this special permit application for a solar energy facility currently owned by Karen Scholz.  Location:  Lot 227-015 off of East Harbor Road, Cheshire, MA.  Project:  Consist of 21.3 acres of solar arrays generating approximately 5MW (AC), Classified:  Large Scale Solar Photovoltaic installation.  Section 8.6 of the Town of Cheshire Protective Planning
Zoning Bylaws”.      
 
7:15PM
Meredith Savage, Senior Wetland Scientist from SWCA Environmental Consultants, 15 Research Drive, Amherst, MA 01002 presented an overview of a solar project on property owned by
Karen Scholz. Kevin A. McCaffery, PE represented TROVE Engineering, PLLC. There are 81 plus acres and 21 acres will be solar. SWCA has submitted an application for a Special Permit to the Cheshire Planning Board and will be submitting a Notice of Intent to the Cheshire Conservation Commission on April 25, 2018.  The land was described as open pasture and open flat land on both sides of a stream in the center.  There will be minimum ground disturbance and the project will have a fence surrounding the project.  Access to the project will be on East Harbor Road.  There are wetlands and that will be addressed with the Conservation Commission.  They will be upgrading the access road from 12' wide to 14' wide. 
Donna announced a site visit will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 11:00AM and the board will meet at the entrance area.  She reminded all that this was just a viewing, no questions or answers would take place.
Donna opened the meeting for questions and answers from the audience.
Audience:  Stephen Marko introduced himself as the ZBA Chairman.  He stated that he was all for solar and the increased distribution of generated power.  It would increase the town tax base.  He asked the chairman if he could ask some questions.  Donna:  "Yes".  He then turned to the SWCA four (4) individuals and asked, "Are you submitting your plans according to the 2015 Zoning Regulations?  Answer:  "Yes".  Is there any pollution?  Answer:  "No."  Are there
Stephen Marko: ZBA
Are there any wetlands?  "Yes, a small amount and they plan on submitting a Notice of Intent to the Cheshire Conservation Commission tomorrow evening on April 24, 2018".  He further went on to state that Jayko’s cows are never in the field, and that Laframboise intentionally opposed Ayotte solar farm yet put up a personal solar array in his yard, pointed to Ayotte and was laughing about it.   This is a no brainer. Can you provide silver, black, or green fencing? Answer:  "Yes, they are willing to work with the Cheshire Planning Board on that".
Mr. Marko stated that not approving is discrimination. 
Donna stated that: “Mr. Marko’s position was on the Cheshire Zoning Board of Appeals and that is different from the Cheshire Planning Board, that the planning board follows our Planning Board Bylaws and must meet those criteria”.
Mr. Marko stated that the law suit for the last solar case that was denied cost the landowners $10K-$12K.  This is costing the town tax dollars that could be used to fill pot holes if we stopped taking people to court.  Mr. Marko lives 200 yards away from the past solar case and has no problem with it.
Mr. Marko accused the Cheshire Planning Board of not following the bylaws and being devious.
Mr. Marko became belligerent in his verbiage and accused the planning board of not following the bylaws.  Floored by the disrespect shown by the board, Donna responded that he was disrespectful that the boards spends a lot of time reviewing each application, making site visits, and following the bylaws to the T with the assistance of Town Counsel.  Additionally, the lawsuit was a separate project and has nothing to do with other applications for Special Permits.
Donna:  Due to the insults towards the planning board and Mr. Marko’s demeanor, Donna, with professional decorum  stated, "Sir you are done.  The Decision is based on only this project and is separate from any other solar project.”
The SWCA representatives thanked the board and questioned Donna about the pending legal case.  She explained the general information available and said one of the items of contempt was fencing.  She said there were no problems with solar or being placed in our backyards.  All Special Permit Applications are handled according the Town of Cheshire Bylaws.
Nick motioned to continue the Hearing to Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 7:15PM at the Cheshire Community Center if available; 2nd by Sandra with a unanimous vote taken.
Nick
Mr. Marko then proceeded to leave the building with the SWCA group and continued his dialogue.  His ranting was so loud that a planning board member felt his behavior was continuing to disrupt the meeting and she closed the door.
7:40PM
- Berkshire Boys, a local group, informed the board that they would be submitting paperwork for a Marijuana Cultivation License.  The timeframe was intensive regarding the need to have a signed Host Agreement.
- The property involved is at the family farm at 128 Fales Road.  They have approximately 150 acres and would be operating a Tier 2 project or 5,000 square feet.   Jake Zieminski, one of the owners, said he would like to have the Host Agreement with the Town of Cheshire as he is moving his family back to town and it is a huge financial investment.  He wants to do everything correctly according to the State and the Town of Cheshire Bylaws.  This is a lot of risk for him and he wants to have an informational meeting so he can present the project to the townspeople. 
Donna:  The Town has to vote in June on the Marijuana Bylaw before any proceedings can take place.  Sandra suggested Donna speak with the Selectmen first and then Town Counsel before going forward.  A meeting to meet to further discuss the proposal was tentatively scheduled for two (2) Mondays from tonight.  Donna will advise if that meeting will take place via email.
Mr. Zieminski:  Noted that the Cheshire Board of Selectmen has to sign a Letter of Non Opposition to start.  The board noted that had not been done.  However, Jacob Zieminski said; signing it did not mean anyone was locked into a contract, but at anytime it can be rescinded by either party.
Mr. Zieminski presented the CPB an overview for Marijuana Cultivation License- Host Community agreement Request dated April 23, 2018. There was a DRAFT copy of a Host Agreement and procedures one can follow according to the Cannabis Control Commission for processing.
The next CPB meeting will take place on:  Monday, May 21, 2018 @7PM @ the Cheshire Community Center.
Nick motioned to adjourn at 9:00pm; 2nd by Sandra with a unanimous vote taken.

Respectfully submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Cheshire Planning Board Secretary
 
Donna DeFino, Chairman
Francis Griswold
Peter H. Traub
Ronald W. DeAngelis
Nick Graham
Sandra Sloane, Alternate member

Cheshire Planning Board
Hearing:  Monday, March 26, 2018  7PM
Cheshire Annex

Present: Donna M. DeFino, Ronald W. DeAngelis, Peter H. Traub, Nick Graham, Sandra Sloane
Absent: Francis M. Griswold

Audience: See sign-in-sheet

At 7PM Donna opened the monthly meeting of the Cheshire Planning Board. 

Nick motioned to accept the March 19, 2018 Informational Hearing on Marijuana Establishments minutes; 2nd by Peter with a unanimous vote taken.

Nick motioned to accept the February 2018 meeting minutes as presented; 2nd by Peter with a unanimous vote taken.

A Form A was submitted and reviewed by the Cheshire Planning Board for: Nate Girard
Book 24: Page 2324; Map 229, Lots L8.  Surveyor:  Russell D. Sackett Jr., 179 First Street, Pittsfield. Location: 828 Wells Road.  Emily Stockman will be researching and providing soil engineering skills.  Donna motioned that the plan meets all of the Cheshire Planning Board criteria and moved to approve; 2nd by Ron with a unanimous vote taken.

Chris Gruber attended the meeting to show further changes in the Cheshire Marijuana Establishment bylaw.  He noted a Special Permit will be $400.00 as established in the Cheshire Application Process.

It was noted that the bylaw will now be forwarded to Town Counsel, Ed St. John III for approval.

A motion to accept the revised bylaw will not take place until it has been reviewed by
Attorney St. John III. (Marijuana Establishment bylaw dated 3/26/18.)

The CPB thanked Chris for all of his work and they look forward to finishing this project and working on new projects in the future.

Thomas Matuszko, Director of BRPC, discussed having a follow up meeting with the Cheshire Board of Selectmen regarding the Planning Assistance Grant that the BRPC received on behalf of the Town.

Discussed was the revised Scope of Work with the following items suggested:

Tom Matuszko…continued:
* Berkshire Scenic Mountains Act. “The Berkshire Scenic Mountain Act is a provision that may be adopted by a city or town in Berkshire County that imposes additional regulations on new development in areas above certain elevations (1,800 feet above mean sea level in the Hoosic River watershed and 1,500 feet above mean sea level in the Housatonic River watershed.)  Specifically, new development projects must not be visible above the ridge line, tree-cutting must be limited to one-quarter of an acre and the development cannot cause erosion or flooding that would damage water quality.”

* Scenic Overlay Zone:  “An overlay district is a common tool for establishing development restrictions, or extending development incentives, on land within a defined geographic area or characterized by specific physical features or site conditions.  Adopted as part of a zoning bylaw, overlay districts are superimposed over one or more underlying conventional zoning districts to address areas of community interest that warrant special consideration such as historic preservation, or protection of a specific natural resource.”

 

The next meeting will take place on:  Monday, April 23, 2018 @7PM @ the Cheshire Annex.

Peter motioned to adjourn at 9:00pm; 2nd by with a unanimous vote taken.

 


Respectfully submitted,


Carole A. Hilderbrand, Cheshire Planning Board Secretary

 

Donna DeFino, Chairman
Francis Griswold
Peter H. Traub
Ronald W. DeAngelis
Nick Graham
Sandra Sloane, Alternate member

Cheshire Planning Board
Hearing:  Monday, March 19, 2018  7PM
Cheshire Annex

Present: Donna M. DeFino, Ronald W. DeAngelis, Peter H. Traub, Nick Graham, Sandra Sloane
Absent: Francis M. Griswold

Chairman, Donna DeFino, opened the Informational Hearing by reading the Legal Notice in The Berkshire Eagle as advertised on Saturday, March 10, 2018 and Saturday, March 17, 2018. Copies of the Recreational Marijuana Bylaw to add to Section 8 as a new Section 8.7, Licensed Marijuana Establishments were available to all.  Definitions, the Marijuana Overlay District map was clearly defined as well as the Special Permit Requirements, and Filing Requirements were reviewed.

Nineteen individuals were in attendance and signed the sign-in sheet which will be on file.

Donna explained the Route 8 corridor where the business Marijuana Overlay District showed where
a dispensary would be permitted. There were some discrepancies in the areas, but Chris Gruber of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission will review the overlay map and adjust it as needed.
Donna said the hours of operation would be Monday through Saturday 8am to 8pm and noon to 6pm on Sundays.  The regulations would be similar to the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission. Thus, no one under 21 years of age would be able to purchase products nor would there be on-site use.
The audience questioned why Cheshire would only be having one (1) dispensary and one (1) Other.
Donna explained that it depends, according to the ABCC, on how many liquor licenses have been issued and 20% of that number is what is allowed.  Therefore, one (1) retail and (1) other which could be cultivation license on a 5 acre and that would have to follow the Massachusetts General Laws for fencing and lighting.

School Street, Resident, Robert Daugherty:
- All LEME’s must be set back at least five hundred feet (500’) from any public or private school or licensed daycare center. 

Resident, Eileen Quinn:
- Questioned the house on the corner of West Mountain Road and Route 8 and questioned if changes could be made and what areas are considered business.

Donna:
- The business area has to follow existing zoning and it wouldn’t be feasible.
Jacob Zeminiski:
- Former resident of Cheshire is interested in possibly applying for a permit.  Questioned why only one (1) retail as two (2) or three (3) would offer competition. Donna responded that Cheshire is not a huge area and not everyone in town is for the creation of one (1) retail store. Donna said, “The State determines how many establishments and that there are separate licenses for retail (Medical/Recreational) and 1 other in the AR Zone for cultivation/testing/research.  Also, the 3% excise tax would benefit Cheshire – only recreational. More than one retail would be an over saturation for a
town our size.  She estimated that half of all residents want it and the other half do not. 

BRPC, Chris Gruber:
- Will be cleaning and changing language on page 4 D1.  He will be providing additional language for the medical dispensaries and he explained that there are a total of 75 licenses available in the State.

Ben Girard: 
- Inquired about the need for a site plan and if the applications and Planning Board requirements were on the Town website.  The answer is yes.

Peter:
- Felt the green defined area shape on the larger map was different by Whitney’s Farm area and Richardson Street at the other end.  He agreed that frontage on Route 8 was the same. Donna said, “Don’t get bound by the minutia of it.” For example, where Superior Springs is located is business but it is not on Route 8. Whitney’s Farm is agriculture and Greenacres and the DCR are on Route 8 and are zoned business.

Jacob Zeminiski:
- Wants to do it right and regulations are a good thing and the municipalities can benefit from it.  He is confident that there is a good opportunity for all.

Donna:
- There will be a warrant on the ballot in June and what, how, when will be decided.

8:00PM
- Donna motioned to close the meeting; 2nd by Nick with a unanimous vote taken.

Respectfully submitted,


Carole A. Hilderbrand, Cheshire Planning Board Secretary

Donna DeFino, Chairman
Francis Griswold
Peter H. Traub
Ronald W. DeAngelis
Nick Graham
Sandra Sloane, Alternate member

Cheshire Planning Board
Hearing:  Monday, January 22, 2018  7PM
Cheshire Annex
Present: Donna M. DeFino, Francis M. Griswold, Peter H. Traub, Nick Graham
Absent: Ronald W. DeAngelis, Sandra Sloane
Press:
At 7PM Donna opened the monthly meeting of the Cheshire Planning Board. 
Donna will be working on the budget for 2019 and questioned the cost for BRPC and she will be checking with Town Accountant, Lynn Lemanski, to see if the costs have remained the same.
 
General Discussion:

The Cheshire Planning Board members remarked about the many positive comments received on the completed building of the Dollar General store on Route 8.
Peter motioned to accept the minutes as presented for November 27, 2017; 2nd by Nick with a unanimous vote taken.
Peter reminded the CPB that a meeting has been scheduled by the BOS with representative, Thomas Matuszko, and members of the CPB on Tuesday, January 22, 2018 at 7pm which will offer an overview of the commission's work in Cheshire.  He will be updating the status of the Master Plan Implementation Committee, Planning Assistance Grant, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Planning Assistance Grant, Complete Streets, The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program, and the Berkshire Public Health Alliance. Peter noted that no application was completed for a Technical Assistance Grant.
Donna questioned when the next application for Technical Assistance Grant would be forthcoming.  Peter, at this time, did not know.  This will be a question to ask Mr. Matuszko.
Peter:  Talked about 8 types of licenses for marijuana dispensaries, regulations to date, and cultivation licenses.  She reminded the group that Cheshire is a Farming Community and licenses may be needed to grow the product. 
Donna:  Wisely reviewed the need for an overlay district which could be from the Lanesboro line to Adams, MA on Route 8.  She felt it best to follow business district restrictions and to be aware of small pockets of commercial spots.  Moving forward, there is a need to create the Marijuana by law and to have the Cheshire Planning Board be the approval agent by Special Permits.
Peter:  Advised the CPB about storm water and the permitting process, the Federal requirement and that BPRC could assist the town. Donna asked how we can control water.  Peter said the "BRPC has the NPDES program which controls water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants to surface waters.  This program will require identified towns (regulated communities) to file permits with EPA meeting certain requirements, including a Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) meeting six requirements.  One of those requirements is related to illicit discharging into water bodies, including non-point source pollution, due July 1, 2018.  Cheshire is a regulated community."
Donna:  Will speak with BRPC and will be drafting our own bylaw regarding Marijuana. She noted that the Cheshire Annual Meeting will take place on June 11, 2018.  Sixty five days prior to the meeting the BOS has to approve the bylaw for it to go forward. 
The next meeting will take place on:  Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 7PM @ the Cheshire Annex.
Peter motioned to adjourn at 8:15pm; 2nd by Fran with a unanimous vote taken.
Respectfully submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Cheshire Planning Board Secretary
 
Donna DeFino, Chairman
Francis Griswold
Peter H. Traub
Ronald W. DeAngelis
Nick Graham
Sandra Sloane, Alternate member

Cheshire Planning Board
Hearing:  Monday, November 27, 2017  7PM
Cheshire Annex

Present: Donna M. DeFino, Francis M. Griswold, Peter H. Traub, Nick Graham
Absent: Ronald W. DeAngelis, Sandra Sloane

Audience: See sign-in-sheet

At 7PM Donna opened the monthly meeting of the Cheshire Planning Board. 

Donna will be working on the budget for 2019 and questioned the cost for BRPC and she will
be checking with Town Accountant, Lynn Lemanski, to see if the costs have remained the same.

General Discussion:
The Cheshire Planning Board members remarked about the many positive comments received on the completed building of the Dollar General store

Peter motioned to accept the minutes as presented for November 27, 2017; 2nd by Nick with a unanimous vote taken.

Peter reminded the CPB that a meeting has been scheduled by the BOS with representative, Thomas Matuszko, and members of the CPB on Tuesday, January 22, 2018 at 7pm offering an overview of the commission's work in Cheshire.  He will be updating the status of the Master Plan Implementation Committee, Planning Assistance Grant, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Planning Assistance Grant, Complete Streets, The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program, and the Berkshire Public Health Alliance. Peter noted that no application was completed for the Technical Assistance Grant.

Donna questioned when the next application for Technical Assistance Grant would be forthcoming. Peter, at this time, did not know.  This will be a question to ask Mr. Matuszko.

Peter: Talked about 8 types of licenses for marijuana dispensaries, regulations to date, and cultivation licenses.  She reminded the group that Cheshire is a Farming Community and licenses may be needed to grow the product. 

Donna: Wisely reviewed the need for an overlay district which could be from the Lanesboro line to Adams, MA on Route 8.  She felt it best to follow business district restrictions and to be aware of small pockets of commercial spots.  Moving forward, there is a need to create the marijuana by law and to have the Cheshire Planning Board be the approval agent by Special Permit.

Peter: Advised the CPB about storm water and the permitting process, the Federal requirement and that BPRC could assist the town. Donna asked how we can control water.  Peter said the "BRPC has the NPDES program which controls water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants to surface waters.  This program will require identified towns (regulated communities) to file permits with EPA meeting certain requirements, including a Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) meeting six requirements.  One of those requirements is related to illicit discharging into water bodies, including non-point source pollution, due July 1, 2018.  Cheshire is a regulated community."

Donna:  Will speak with BRPC and will be drafting our own bylaw regarding marijuana. She noted that the Cheshire Annual Meeting will take place on June 11, 2018.  Sixty five days prior to the meeting the BOS has to approve the bylaw for it to go forward. 

The next meeting will take place on:  Monday, February 22, 2018 @ 7PM @ the Cheshire Annex.

Peter motioned to adjourn at 8:15pm; 2nd by Fran with a unanimous vote taken.


Respectfully submitted,


Carole A. Hilderbrand, Cheshire Planning Board Secretary

 

Donna DeFino, Chairman
Francis Griswold
Peter H. Traub
Ronald W. DeAngelis
Nick Graham
Sandra Sloane, Alternate member