Planning Board Meeting

Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 6:00 pm until 11:45 pm
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A meeting of the Planning Board

Planning Board Meeting
December 1, 2021, 6:00pm – December 2, 2021, 12:00am ·
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Meeting of Planning Board

Members: (Quorum)

  • Absent: Ben Eastman, Member
  • Remote: Sara Wik, Member, at 6:00 PM
  • Remote: Robert Slowinski, Chair, at 6:00 PM
  • Remote: Loren Feinstein, Secretary, at 6:00 PM
  • Remote: Gregory Olchowski, Member, at 6:23
  • Remote: Marybeth Chichester, Member, at 6:00 PM

Also Present:

  • Johnathan Lagreze of Colrain
  • David Greenberg of Colrain
  • Joe Kurland of Colrain Select Board
  • Peggy Sloan of FRCOG
  • Casey Goddard Air B-n-B owner in Colrain
  • Deborah Winship of Colrain

See original Agenda Approved Meeting Minutes

Meeting opened: 6:00 PM

Meeting closed: 8:50 PM

  1. Meeting Preliminaries

    • Meeting Opened / Attendance Taken (see above).

    • No minutes to approve.

  2. New Business

    • 7:00PM: Junkyard Discussion

  3. Old Business

    • 6:05 PM: Short Term Rentals/Bed and Breakfast Public Outreach

      General Discussion...
      Discussion was fruitful with input from those present regarding possible topics to be addressed as well as potential solutions and approaches. Generally, there is significant support for preventing overregulation and allowing an easy path to allowing Short Term Rentals by right or through a minimal permitting process, but there is also concern about potential negative impacts on neighbors and the desire to provide necessary protections against those impacts, such as noise, traffic, safety, etc...

      A suggestion was made for potential separation of Short Term Rentals into different groupings in which one group may require a Special Permit and one may be allowed by right. Some suggestions of ways to draw the line between distinct groups included the number of rooms to be rented, the number of days rental occurs per year, whether the property is owner occupied or not at the time of rental.

      1. Short_Term_Residential_Rentals__-_November_2021_revised.pptx - Presentation
      2. Short_Term_Rentals_-_Public_Outreach_Flyer.pdf - Flyer
  4. Meeting Wrap-up

The listing of matters is those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

Minutes prepared by Planning Board Secretary

Minutes approved on Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022

Posted to: Planning Board.