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Planning Board Minutes, 12/16/2008
Town of Lenox
Planning Board
December 16, 2008
Land Use Meeting Room

Members present: Chair Joe Kellogg, JK; Ken Fowler, KF; Gary Schiff, GS; Kate McNulty-Vaughn, KM-V; Steve Sample, SS
Staff present:  Mary Albertson, Town Planner, MA; Peggy Ammendola, Land Use Clerk; PA

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm.

GS made a motion to approve the minutes of November 25, 2008 and SS seconded the motion.  The Board voted to approve 4-0. (KF absent)
GS made a motion to approve the minutes of December 9, 2008 and SS seconded the motion.  The Board voted to approve 3-0-1 (JK abstaining; KF absent)

Informal meeting to discuss Bylaw amendments:  MA stated that there will be an informational meeting on January 13, 2009 following the Public Hearing for Yokun Ridge to discuss with citizens the proposed Zoning Bylaw revisions.  February 10, 2009 is the tentative date for the Public Hearing for the revisions.

Old Business:  JK reviewed the notices and decisions from abutting communities.

Continued Discussion Great Estates Bylaw Revision:  Present for this discussion were  Attorney Philip Heller, representing Ethan Berg;  Ethan and Jamie Berg; James Jurney Sr., James and Gwen Jurney; and Tom and Suky Werman.

As requested by the Board at a previous meeting, the Bergs provided copies of their brochure for their property known as Ethylwynde.

Mr. Heller presented a memorandum for the proposed Great Estates amendment. Discussion ensued and it was concluded that Mr. Heller will make revisions and send a new memorandum to the Board for their review.

It was agreed that this proposed Bylaw revision would only impact the Great Estates listed, and would not include any other properties.

KF arrived at 6:30 pm and was able to participate in this discussion.  

Continued Discussion Flexible Development Bylaw: Rob Hoogs presented his sketch of a development that would be allowed under the proposed new Flexible Zoning bylaw with different variations applied.  For demonstration purposes he used the Pine Knoll development which consists of 88 acres.  The Board discussed the resulting product using the traditional zoning practice versus the flexible practice and asked if this Bylaw is doing what the Board wants to achieve.  It was concluded that Mr. Hoogs would try another version which considered duplexes and meet with the Board on January 13, 2009 at 6:00 pm.  The informational public meeting on a proposed Flexible Development bylaw will be January 27, 2009.

Continued Discussion Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw:  MA presented a hybrid version of the proposed Inclusionary Bylaw.  After discussion, revisions were suggested.  MA will continue working on revisions.

SS made a motion to adjourn at 7:45 pm and GS seconded the motion.  The Board voted to adjourn 5-0.  

Respectfully submitted,
Peggy Ammendola (PA)

Lenox Town Hall  6 Walker Street, Lenox, MA 01240   PH: (413) 637-5500