MARION PLANNING BOARD MINUTES
September 6, 2016

Time: 7:30pm. Fred Walker called the meeting to order.

Present: Fred Walker, chairman; William VanDeWeghe, David Vinke, David Knight, Dan Brooks, Carrie Deming and John Cornell

Also Present: Jeffrey Thomas and Craig Soudan

Minutes: Fred Walker asked the board if there was any discussion about the minutes of July 5, 2016.
No discussion.

John Cornell moved to approve the minutes. David Knight seconded.

All in favor. None opposed. Motion carried. Minutes approved.

New Business: Fred stated that there are three items on tonight’s agenda.

7:35pm Application 4-16: Jeffrey and Amy Thomas—4688 E. Williamson Rd. Marion, subdividing 6 acres with house from original 41.5 acres. No improvements are proposed.
Fred Walker read through the application and the SEAF. There were no significant findings on the SEA form and the application is complete. Fred Walker stated the folder also contained the map and legal notice for the Public Hearing.

7:37pm – Fred Walker asked Mr. Thomas to explain the subdivision. Mr. Thomas presented aerial pictures of the property that showed the proposed section to be subdivided off. Fred Walker asked if the Federal Wetland, noted on the application, was mainly woodlands. Mr. Thomas said this is correct.

7:40pm – Fred Walker asked Mr. Thomas the reason for the subdivision. Mr. Thomas said they will be selling the home on the six acre parcel, and would like to keep the remaining property that the home is not on.
Carrie Deming asked if Mr. Thomas had access to the land that he planned to keep after the home was sold. Mr. Thomas stated at this time there is no driveway back to the land, but he would be able to access the land by foot or ATV. There is adequate road frontage to put a driveway back to the property if it is needed at a later date.

7:42pm – Fred Walker asked if the lot would be used as a building lot. Mr. Thomas stated possibly in the future, but there are no plans for building one at this point.
David Vinke questioned why the border line was diagonal. Mr. Thomas stated there were two reasons: 1) so he would able to retain more of the woodland for recreational purposes, and 2) this would retain the space for a potential driveway. The grade of the land is uphill, so the diagonal would be needed to gain vehicle access and the space would be needed for driveway’s road frontage.

7:44pm – Fred Walker opened, and then closed the Public Hearing. There were no members of the public present, only applicants.

7:46pm – Fred Walker asked if the board members had any additional questions or comments.

David Vinke said he understands the angle for the proposed subdivision, and the parcel is not land locked, so there seems to be no issue with the subdivision.
No additional questions or comments from the Board.

7:51pm – Dave Knight moved to approve Application 4-16. John Cornell seconded the motion.
All approved. None opposed. Application 4-16 approved.

7:53pm – Application 5-16: David Hendricks—4965 Owls Nest Rd. Marion, subdividing 2.3 acres from the 4.6 acres at 4977 Owls Nest Rd. and adding it to 4965 Owls Nest Rd.
Mr. Hendricks is not present, and will be getting maps for the Board to review the subdivision.
David Knight moved to table Application 5-16 until the maps are received for Board review. Dan Brooks seconded the motion. All approved. None opposed. Application 5-16 tabled.

7:54pm – Fred Walker stated the next item on the agenda is Application 6-16: Craig Soudan—4649 Skinner Rd. Marion, subdividing 0.564 acre parcel and merge it with 4615 Skinner Rd. The remaining 59.5 acres will be merged back into the adjoining Wel-Cum In Farms.
Fred Walker read through the application and the SEAF. There were no significant findings on the SEA form and the application is complete. Fred Walker stated the folder also contained the map.

8:00pm –The Board reviewed the map. Craig Soudan stated that the house and small shed on the property will most likely be taken down. At this time Mr. Soudan has no plans for a building lot.

8:03pm – Fred Walker opened, and then closed the Public Hearing. There were no members of the public present, only the applicant.

8:05pm – Fred Walker asked if the board members had any additional questions or comments.
At this time there are no additional questions or comments.

8:07pm – Dan Brooks moved to approve Application 6-16. Carrie Deming seconded the motion.
All approved. None opposed. Application 6-16 approved.

8:11pm – Fred Walker asked if there was any additional business to discuss.

All Board members agreed to attend the training program on October 11 at 6:30 at the Marion Town Library. Fred Walker also read through additional training events that were available during the next few months.

8:16 pm– William VanDeWeghe moved to adjourn. David Knight seconded. Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Angela Patterson, Secretary
Town of Marion Planning Board