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Planning Commission Meeting Summary - February 5

The Planning Commission met on Tuesday February 5th. They discussed the following items:

  • As has become the custom, the PC members will reported on any of their communication with other Town boards and committees. Susan Bresee is working with the Conservation Commission on developing standards for a new Tax Stabilization program. Wendy Verrei Berenback reported that she is continuing to work with the Energy Task Force on a revised Energy Chapter for the Town Plan and they desire to use the town website (this site!) more. She also has been in touch with the Transition Town group and they have invited the PC to attend their April meeting to discuss the Commercial District Project. She is also in touch with the Environmental Club at MMU and can hopefully talk to them about the Commercial District Project. Chris discussed the DRB's review of accessory apartments. Jason noted that he will be attending the Jericho Waterboard's meeting on February 20 to discuss the extension of the water line to the Commercial District.
  • The then discussed a small change to the Zoning Regulations for PUDs regarding making it clear in the site plan, conditional use and subdivision sections that a PUD may be required. A reader of the the subdivision, site plan and conditional use review sections would be refereed to the existing language in the PUD section.
  • The PC noted that in response to the DRB's recent comment about the out of date language in the PUD density bonus section about energy efficiency they should update the language to reflect the current higher standard.
  • They also heard about some potential changes to the Character Based Zoning. These changes are in relation to some areas that might not make sense or would not carry out the intent of the CBZ.
  • They talked about the Commercial District project and worked more on their public engagement strategy. The executive summary of the project can be distributed and they will start reaching out to the different school communities as well as churches, and senior community.

The MMCTV video of the meeting is posted on this web page.

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