Zoning commission January 25, 2011

OnJanuary 25, 2011 the Newbury Township Zoning Commission (ZC) held their regular scheduled monthly meeting in the upstairs meeting room of Newbury Town Hall. Carolyn Paschke called the meeting to order at 7:09 p.m. with Jerry Hudak, Alice Munn, Judd Douglas and alternates Sue Wagner and Steve Kitko present. The chairman welcomed Margaret Avalon as the new alternate to the Zoning Commission and commended Lou Tomsic, who had been appointed to the BZA, for his valued contributions to the ZC. Jerry Hudak moved to approve the minutes of the 11-30-11 meeting, Sue Wagner seconded the motion that passed by unanimous vote.

Sue Wagner nominated Carolyn Paschke for chairman with Judd Douglas as vice-chairman; Steve Kitko seconded the motion that passed by unanimous vote. The board considered any preparations needed to report to the tri-board meeting Jan. 28, 2012 – a brief summary of 2011 activities was all that was necessary.

Judd Douglas asked if the board had received any directions from the trustees regarding the wind turbine proposed code. Mr. Kitko said the contested issues in Auburn township would not impact Newbury – our code was ready for a vote. Sue Wagner agreed that Newbury should have the WT code in place with revisions added as needed. Ms Paschke said she was waiting for Ms. Weiland’s response/recommendations.

The next topic on the alternate energy was solar panels. Judd Douglas and Sue Wagner had melded the Model Zoning and Munson Zoning code for NZC comments. Ms. Endres said she only had requests for solar swimming pool heaters that were temporary/seasonal roll-outs onto the lawn. Mr. Douglas said that both in the case of pitched and sloped roofs, the panels should not extend beyond the roof perimeter; for safety purposes, the height should not exceed 10 feet above the roof. Discussion continued over the present 35 ft. height limit. Ms. Endres suggested the total height of the roof plus solar panels should not exceed 45 feet. More discussion continued concerning flat/semi-flat heights, safety glass (not found in Mfg’s specs) and signs not to exceed 1 sq. ft.

The trustees held their public meeting for the 2011-1 zoning amendment on Jan. 18, 2012 and amended the code to approve definitions, corner signs, with added extra permitted building trades but could not agree on land-banking (with further questions about landscaping and continued maintenance) and 350 ft. sign spacing on the same property. The trustees postponed voting on the 2011-1 amendment till their Feb. 1, 2012 meeting.

Jerry Hudak suggested changing the amendment routing order: ZC to Planning Commission to trustees for comment to ZC public hearing to trustee’s approval. The board discussed the status of optional land-banking: whether it should be amended to include landscaping/maintenance or eliminated. The Jan. 24 BZA meeting again brought up the subject of converting a variance into a conditional use. Mr. Kitko suggested a new definition of conditional use to be reviewed by the trustees prior to the tri-board meeting.

It was agreed to wrap up the alternate energy topics at the next meeting scheduled for Feb. 22, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Ms. Paschke adjourned the meeting at 9:00 p.m.