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