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Town of Hampden

Regular Meeting of Planning Board
7:00PM at the Hampden Town Hall
January 8, 2003

Approved January 22, 2003


Members Present:         John D. Flynn, Chair, Joseph A. Dolben, Melissa Reeves and Joseph Kruzel

Member Absent:           Robert Majkut

The meeting was called to order at 7pm by Chair Flynn.  He called for a motion to approve the minutes of the previous meeting on December 11, 2002. 

A correction was made in the last sentence of p. 1: eliminate the words, “making a municipal use completely exempt.”  The minutes were then approved.


1)      Appointment 7:05pm.  Selectman Duane Mosier (who was present throughout the meeting.)

CURB CUTS:  Mosier stated that he would like to address curb cuts for the next Town Meeting.  The discussion related to just where it should be found.  It doesn’t seem to be a Zoning Bylaw as many driveways are put in at times other than the time of building a house.  It was decided that it should go into the General Bylaws with a reference on the Building Permit Application Procedure list.  Flynn offered the Planning Board’s assistance in drafting this bylaw.

 STORMWATER MANAGEMENT:  Mosier thanked the members for such good attendance at the meeting for Town Officials on Monday night.  It was run by Sara Northrup of Tighe & Bond.

SANDWICH SIGNS:  This issue has resurfaced and Duane said he can take action as Bylaw 7.612 prohibits such signs.

PARKING:  There is a problem with persons parking on Meadowbrook Lane to go to the hairdresser or the bagel nook.  It was suggested that the hairdresser may have more employees than there used to be meaning more persons parking at the same time to do business.  There is no easy solution to this problem as parking is very limited at that site.

2)      Town Meeting Articles

DRIVEWAYS:  Majkut completed his draft for the Board to review tonight; but after a brief discussion, it was decided we would go over it at the next meeting.  (Note-articles for warrant due January 13th.)

SECTION 4:  Dolben presented his final draft.  In looking it over, there was no reference to “averaging” the front setback.  This will be reworded.  Clerk will give a copy to the Board of Appeals Chair to review.

3)      BUDGET

The line item budget has been submitted.  Memo was sent by Selectmen warning of a possible 5% cutback.  The Board will no longer spend $143 for the Land Court Reporter, saving expense monies.  Chair endorsed a letter so stating to be sent to Landlaw.  Mosier said no more action is needed at the present time.  If the Advisory asks for a specific reduction, it won’t be a surprise.


There was a discussion about the side setback abutting the Flynn property.  Duane said he is sure there is 33’ but until a survey is done, it is not certain it will meet the required 35’. 

Under Section 2.12 Civic Uses, the Use is allowed after an administrative Site Plan Review by the Planning Board.

 Mark Feeney was present during this discussion.  If the side setback requirement can be exempted with a finding that the 33’ is reasonable because the proposed use for the addition is needed so we can move ahead.  Otherwise, Mosier indicated there will have to be a change in building plans.

No decision was reached and I was suggested that Feeney contact Don Schmidt and get written comment.


Connie Witt has informed the Board that for the time being they have reviewed the scenic road regulations and don’t think its use is appropriate for our Town at the present time.


Clerk presented the report requesting comments or additions.  It will be typed and submitted.

Meeting Adjourned:      9:00pm

Next Meeting:               January 22 @ 7:00pm

Submitted By:               ____________________       

                                    Judith M. Jackson, Clerk                      Judy 566-8591