Zoning Commission 6-23-10

On June 23, 2010 the Newbury Township Zoning Commission (ZC) held their regular monthly meeting in the upstairs meeting room of Newbury Town Hall.  Carolyn Paschke called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. with Alice Munn,  Lou Tomsic, Judd Douglas, Sue Wagner and Steve Kitko present.  She reminded everyone that the meeting time had been changed to 7:00 p.m.  The minutes of the May 26, 2010 were approved and signed.

 David Snively presented the history of Grange Park that was owned by Mr. Stafford from 1907 then transferred to the Newbury Trustees in 1917 and utilized as a park by Grange members and residents.  With the development of the new Oberland Park, Grange Park has been seldom used and the trustees are now investigating the highest and best use of the property.  The property was zoned M-1 Industrial, then changed to Active Park, and now the trustees request reverting back to Industrial.

Jan Blair said the trustees have the duty to encourage economic development and the underused park with its land-locked driveway easement could be put to better use.  She had contacted Kinetico, the easement owner, to donate money or swap acreage to allow driveway access to Kinsman Rd so that the parcel could be sold to interested buyers for industrial use.  Any dollars received could be set aside in a separate fund to provide maintenance for Oberland Park thus fulfilling the intent of Mr. Stafford’s gift with a commemorative plaque at the new Oberland Park.  Jan Blair had approached Mike Milligan of Kinetico to arrange a 1.82 acre land exchange of Grange Park (mitigation advantageous) wetlands for the needed driveway access.  Andy Lear has agreed to a $500 appraisal of the land for 3 conditions: as a landlocked parcel zoned Active Park, as a landlocked parcel zoned industrial and as a reconfigured industrial parcel with driveway access to Kinsman Rd.  Ms. Blair said it may also be possible to secure a federal grant for a new public road to open the acreage to several saleable parcels.

Mr.  Hudak listed his concerns, 1st over the rush to enact this zoning change, 2nd that deed restrictions should protect this property exchange and 3rd that sale proceeds would reflect the donor’s intent.

The legal description could easily revert back to the pre-Active Park zoning without survey costs.  Alice Munn asked whether there were any other negatives or unforeseen ramifications?  Karen Endres said it was a fiscally responsible action taken given the present conditions.

Ms. Paschke asked the board if they had any further objections and were comfortable with voting now on adding this change to the previously approved segments for Amendment 2010-1.  The full board agreement she called for a motion:  Judd Douglas moved to add the Grange Park zoning change from Active Park back to Industrial to the previously approved zoning changes for electronic signs, accessory buildings, etc. as Amendment 2010-01; Lou Tomsic seconded the motion with votes as follow:

                 Judd Douglas                                     yes

                Lou Tomsic                                          yes

                Carolyn Paschke                               yes

Alice Munn                                         yes

Sue Wagner                                       yes

 Documents were signed for transmission of the Amendment 2010-1 to the Planning Commission and to establish July 28th at 8:00 p.m. as the date for the public hearing on this amendment.

 Ongoing work will continue at the next meeting with Lou Tomsic and Sue Wagner presenting  their research for Wind Turbine code,  Judd Douglas for review/reconciliation of NZC with Model Zoning and Alice Munn and Sue Wagner  advising  topics for future study.

 The next regular meeting is scheduled for July 28, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.