Cheshire Planning Board
Hearing: Monday, November 27, 2017 7PM
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.
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.
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Cheshire Planning Board Secretary
Donna DeFino, Chairman
Peter H. Traub
Ronald W. DeAngelis
Sandra Sloane, Alternate member