Becket Zoning Board of Appeals
Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
Board Members Present: Joshua Lombard; Chairperson, Nick Speranzo, Robert Gorden; Clerk, Karen Karlberg, Jeffrey Wilkinson, Sue Deacon.
Board Members Absent: Josh Lombard
Members of the Public Present: Mark Constable, Mark Volk.
Meeting called to order: 7:05 p.m.
Joshua Lombard requests that Mr. Robert Gorden stands in for him as chairperson, due to the fact that he is sick and has a sore throat. Mr. Gorden agrees to the request and stands in as chairperson.
Review and Acceptance of April 5th , 2011 meeting minutes – Mr. Nicholas Speranzo makes a motion to approve minutes of April 5th, 2011. Ms. Karen Karlberg seconds motion; Unanimous Approval.
Public Hearing- Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 358 George Carter Road, Map 204, Lot 21.
Mr. Robert Gorden opens meeting and advises that there are agendas on the table for all present. He explains that Mr. Josh Lombard, chairperson is not present this evening and that he will stand in as chairperson in his absence. Mr. Gorden introduces the members of the Zoning Board and confirms with the secretary that all fees have been paid. Mr. Gorden asks the applicant to present his proposal. Mr. Constable approaches board members and explains that they are looking to move Baba Yaga, a building used for staff housing. He points out the building that is to be moved and shows the frost wall and the foundation. Mr. Constable shows the drainage and the parking and explains that the existing gravel driveway will remain for now. He goes on to show the new building, the lawn area and significant tree coverage. He
confirms that at this time, they do not have plans to remove any of the trees, other than one 30 ft. Maple tree that may need to be moved in the future.
At this time, Marc also advises that there are new plans showing a 41 ft. setback as opposed to the 42 ft. setback originally stated. He explains that they needed a little bit more space for a handicap ramp and thus the one foot variation. Mark goes on to advise that the nearest off property residence is greater than 450 feet. He advises that there are no wetlands, therefore no need for any Conservation Commission Approval. Mark briefly outlines the yard drains, discharge apron, etc. for the board members. Mark details the traffic and parking spaces, explaining that they are already provided for, and that the parking area is flat with about a 2% grade. He confirms that no additional traffic will be caused by the proposed changes. Mr. Wilkinson asks Mark to point out the parking lot , the marked handicap spaces
as well as the unloading zone. Ms. Karlberg asks about the boulders and where they will be placed in reference to the hay bales. She advises that she would also like the erosion control explained to her.
Public hearing portion of the meeting is closed at 7:25 pm.
Opinion slips are passed out to all board members. A motion is made to approve the site plan review for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, to vary the terms of Zoning By-law 3.1.3 in the following respect: To allow the construction of a new staff housing facility building to replace existing facility that is non-conforming to front setback. The motion is seconded; Mr. Robert Gorden polls the board for a vote:
Robert Gorden- Approve. I approve this application because it meets all the requirements of the bylaws and will improve and enhance the property.
Nicholas Speranzo- Approve- I approve this application because it replaces a non-conforming structure, which facilitates staffing and improves land and buildings.
Sue Deacon- Approve- I approve this application because it meets all criteria needed to proceed with the project.
Jeffrey Wilkinson- Approve-I approve this application because it conforms to the zoning bylaw. There is no impact on traffic or neighborhood or infrastructure. This approval comes with the condition of a silt fence as shown on plans.
Karen Karlberg- Approve- I vote to approve of moving the existing building and construction of a new building with the changes brought before the board of a 41 ft. setback instead of the 42 ft. setback and under ground power lines. I also approve of this explanation of the erosion control measures as explained by the agent.
Joshua Lombard- Absent.
Public Participation- None
Correspondence- Read and Reviewed.
Ms. Karlberg makes a motion to adjourn the meeting, Mr. Speranzo seconds motion. Meeting is adjourned at 7:40 pm . Next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 7th, 2011.
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