Planning Board Meeting

Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 6:00 pm until 11:45 pm
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A meeting of the Planning Board

Planning Board Meeting
Wednesday, December 6 · 6:00 – 11:30pm
Time zone: America/New_York
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Meeting of Planning Board

Members: (Quorum)

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

Also Present:

  • Haynes Turkle
  • Dunnell Drive - Energy Committee

See original Agenda Approved Meeting Minutes

Meeting opened: 6:03 PM

Meeting closed: 6:50 PM

  1. Meeting Preliminaries

    • Meeting Opened / Attendance Taken (see above).

    • No minutes to approve.

  2. New Business

    • 6:05 PM: Energy Committee Visit - Energy Committee Presentation on Bylaw Findings/Updates

      General Discussion...
      Haynes Turkle from the Energy Committee presented his findings regarding updates to the solar bylaw and answered questions posed by the board.

      - The title of Section 15 needs to be changed to 'Ground Mounted...' from 'Large Scale Ground Mounted...'
      - The footnotes to the Use Table are redundant to items in Section 15. Need to decide which to keep.
      - From the recommendations, the feeling of the board was to not strike the requirement in 15.3.1.12 that a list be assembled of all hazardous materials on the site in excess of household quantities.
      - The sentiment from the group was that it was helpful to leave the size guidelines in the use table for each size of solar development.
      - The Financial Surety section might need some clarification/review. Greg mentioned that it would be good practice to add a clause in this section that the Town of Colrain be listed as a successor to any bond so that the Town could maintain payments on the Bond to keep it active and place a lein on the property in case of abandonment.

      1. Mark-up_of_SECTION_15__LARGE-SCALE_GROUND-MOUNTED_SOLAR-PHOTOVOLTAIC.docx
      2. Amendments_needed_for_other_sections_of_Colrain_Zoning_Bylaw_pertaining_to_Solar.docx
  3. 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 Robert Slowinski

Minutes approved on Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024