Friday, July 11, 2014

Bethany Conservation Commission

June 17, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 8:07 by Bruce Loomis.  Also in attendance were Brian Eitzer, Shaukat Kahn and Cathy Rives

The minutes of the May meeting were reviewed.  Bruce moved to accept them as written, Brian seconded and the minutes were accepted unanimously.  Conservation correspondence included notification from Bethany Community School of the Conservationist of the Year winners.  They were Cecelia Livingston and Matthew Haiday.  Awards were to be presented at BCS graduation.

The $100,000 that the Land Acquisition Fund was increased to in the budget proposal was defeated at referendum.  The sum was reduced to $25,000 and will go to referendum on June 23.

The 378 Bethmour Rd lot being proposed for subdivision is asking for an Open Space waiver.  The 5.1/2 acre lot is being subdivided into separate lots that conform with current zoning regulations.  Each lot has a pre-existing house, and no construction is planned.  It appears that there are no issues.  Shaukat moved to waive the Open Space requirement, Cathy seconded, all were in favor and the motion passed unanimously.

Green Haven update: wording changes in the application have been approved.

4 Peck Road update: approval was denied as requirements for 'affordable housing' were not met.

In regard to trails and open space - the Commission needs to examine our procedures about responsibilities for documenting and updating information.

We also need to update the information that pertains to the Conservation Commission in the Ordinance Review Commission .  This will begin at the July 10 meeting and continue at the August meeting if members are available on that date.  This will be confirmed later.

Bruce moved to adjourn the meeting, Brian seconded and the meeting adjourned at 8:27

Respectfully submitted,

Cathy Rives, Secretary pro-tempore