Cheshire Planning Board
Hearing:  Monday, July 24, 2017  7PM
Cheshire Annex

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

Press:

Donna opened the monthly meeting of the Cheshire Planning Board.  The meeting minutes for
June 26, 2017 were motioned for approval by Peter; 2nd by Ron.  A unanimous vote was taken.

The CPB discussed upcoming rules and regulations regarding medical and recreational marijuana, farming, and dispensaries.  Donna will keep the CPB apprised of upcoming information from Governor Baker's office. She noted the benefit would be a 2-2.5% tax revenue for the town.  Input will be received from the Cheshire Board of Selectmen and legal advice from Town Counsel.  Guidelines will be followed and will be in line with the State.

Rumors were addressed regarding the possibility of a large solar array farm being built in Cheshire, MA.  Donna restated that until an application is in hand, no documented information is available at this time.  She did read from the Cheshire By Laws the following:

1] Is in compliance with all provisions and requirements of this Bylaw and in harmony with its  general intent and purpose.

2] Is essential or desirable to the public convenience or welfare at the proposed location;

3] Will not be detrimental to adjacent uses or to the established or future character of the neighborhood;

4] Will not create undue traffic congestion or unduly impair pedestrian safety.

5] Will not overload any public water, drainage or sewer system any other municipal facility to such extent that the proposed use or any existing use in the immediate area of the Town will be unduly subjected to hazards affecting the public health, safety or general welfare.


Donna read the following:
Section 1 - Title, Authority and Purpose (d)

(d) To preserve and increase amenities by the promulgation of regulations designed to:

* Protect the Town's significant environmental features such as:  flood plains and flood prone areas ,wetlands, Hoosic River, reservoir, brooks, ponds, water resources, woodlands, areas of scenic beauty, and sites and structures of historic importance.

Title, Authority and Purpose continued:

* Preserve the natural, scenic and aesthetic qualities of the community.

* Minimize the adverse effects of development on the Town's unique environmental and historic  features.

* Employ cooperatively the various measures by the Town's agencies under diverse legislative authority, including the State Sanitary Code, Wetlands Protection Act, Subdivision Control Legislation, and the State Building Code, for the protection and enhancement of the Town's existing small-town character, open spaces, low density of population, and in the interests of the Town's orderly growth at a deliberate pace.

This information can seen in the Town of Cheshire Massachusetts Protective and Planning Zoning ByLaw.
Adopted at Annual Town Meeting on June 8, 2015.

Peter was motioned in as the Cheshire Planning Board representative to the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission by Donna and 2nd by Fran.  A unanimous vote was taken.

Next Meeting:  Monday, August 28, 2017 - 7PM  - Cheshire Community Center.

Peter motioned to adjourn at 8:30pm; 2nd by Fran with a unanimous vote taken.

 

Respectfully submitted,


Carole A. Hilderbrand, Secretary

Donna DeFino, Chairman

Francis Griswold
Peter Traub
Ronald DeAngelis
Nick Graham
Sandra Sloane