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Posted: March 1, 2014

February 24, 2014


Present: Mr. Solley, Mr. Werkhoven, Mr. Averill, Mr. Reich
Alternates Present:
Absent: Mr. Fitzherbert, Mr. Sivick, Alt., Mr. Wyant, Alt., Mr. Sorce, Alt.
Staff Present: Ms. White, Ms. Hill, Mr. Ajello
Others Present: Mr. Aston, Engineer, Ms. Scodari, Mr. Farman

Mr. Solley recommended that the Commission proceed to the Regular Meeting on the Agenda and return to the Public Hearing after discussing Rumsey Hall.

Mr. Solley called the meeting to order at 7:32 p.m.
Seated: Solley, Reich, Averill, Werkhoven

Consideration of the Minutes
The Commission considered the January 27, 2014 Regular Meeting Minutes of the Town of Washington Zoning Commission.

Motion:
to accept the Zoning Meeting Minutes of January 27, 2014 as submitted,
by Mr. Reich, seconded by Mr. Averill, passed by 4-0 vote.


Other Business
Preliminary Discussion/The Gunnery School/100 Green Hill Road/Athletic Fields:
Mr. Solley reminded the commissioners that at the last Zoning Meeting they had discussed whether the athletic field improvements at The Gunnery would require a Special Permit or if it could be taken care of administratively by the ZEO.

Ms. Hill submitted the drainage calculations and noted that on page 4 it states there would be no increase in runoff.

Mr. Solley read page 4, Hydrologic Analysis. It was the consensus of the Commission that no permit is necessary for the field improvements at The Gunnery because there are no new structures proposed and a thorough engineering study has been done to show there would be no effect on drainage.


New Application(s)
Rumsey Hall School/201 Romford Road/Dorm Replacement:
Mr. Solley recused himself because he is on the Board at the Rumsey Hall School.

Mr. Farman, Headmaster, Ms. Scodari, Business Manager and Mr. Aston, Engineer were present to discuss the proposed plan to replace the "New Dorm," which was built in 1963.

The commissioners looked at the existing dorm floor plans.

Mr. Farman stated that they are proposing to replace this one dorm with two smaller dorms each with their own faculty apartment. They would be replacing 18 rooms with 18 rooms and the total number of enrolled students and faculty would not be increased.

The commissioners looked at the site plan and elevations of the proposed dorms.

Mr. Aston stated the lot coverage would not increase that the proposed plan is approximately 50 square feet less.

Mr. Reich confirmed that the representatives from Rumsey have already spoken with Ms. Hill, Land Use Administrator and Mr. Ajello, Zoning Enforcement Officer regarding this plan. Mr. Reich stated that the proposed plan looks straightforward.

Ms. Hill stated that the Zoning Commission must consider if this is a significant change that requires a Special Permit and a Public Hearing or is it less significant of a change, given that the number of students and faculty would not increase as well as the lot coverage would not increase, that Mr. Ajello could sign off administratively.

Mr. Werkhoven, Mr.Reich and Mr. Averill agreed that it is appropriate to for the ZEO to sign off on this plan.


PUBLIC HEARING
Revision of Zoning Regulations Sections 2-12:
Mr. Solley read the legal notice published in Voices on February 12 and February 19, 2014.

It was noted that a memo to the commissioners and the public from Ms. Hill, Land Use Administrator, regarding and explanation of the proposed revisions, dated February 21, 2014, revised February 24, 2014, explains the reasoning for the each revision (on file in the Land Use Office).

Mr. Solley read the letter from the Lake Waramaug Association and Lake Waramaug Authority to the Town of Washington Zoning Commission regarding Proposed Amendments to the Zoning Regulations Affecting Lake Waramaug dated February 24, 2014 (on file in the Land Use Office).

There was a lengthy discussion regarding this letter which addresses the following issues: the definition of "Float", dimensions of "Floats," materials of Floats and deletion of the requirement for street numbers on docks, etc.

The commissioners agreed that in the definition of "Float"- Section 21.1.30 the word "dock" would be eliminated and replaced with the word "structure."

The commissioners discussed the dimensions of floats. The commissioners agreed that the dimensions of a float should be changed to a maximum of 120 square feet and add a height maximum of 4 feet from the water.

For Sections 6.6.6.c and 21.1.30 referencing materials for floats, the commissioners agreed that the word "synthetic" be inserted.

The commissioners agreed that the requirement of street numbers on docks, etc - Section 6.6.13 should not be deleted from the Zoning Regulations.

Mr. Solley read an email from Ms. Roberts, Chair of ZBA, to Ms. Hill, regarding revision of the regs dated February 24, 2014 (on file in the Land Use Office). Ms. Roberts suggested that the word "alternately" be struck from Section 12.14.2.B.

The commissioners considered Ms. Robert's suggestion. There was a lengthy discussion regarding the location of generators and dBA levels at neighboring property lines.

The four commissioners present agreed to keep the word "alternately" in Section 12.14.2B.

There were no further questions or comments.

Motion:
to close the public hearing to consider the Revision of the Zoning Regulations/Sections 2.2.1-12.14
by Mr. Averill seconded by Mr. Werkhoven, passed by 4-0 vote.


Other Business, Cont.
Revision of Zoning Regulations:
There was a brief discussion regarding the word "motor" when referring to storage of junked or wrecked vehicles on properties. It was the consensus of all present that the word motor should be used consistently in Section 12.7.2.

It was the consensus of the Commission that they would vote on the revisions to the Zoning Regulations at the regularly scheduled Zoning Meeting on March 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm at Bryan Memorial Town Hall in the Upper Level Meeting Room.


Communications
There were no communications to discuss.


Enforcement
Enforcement Report:
Mr. Ajello distributed the Zoning Enforcement Report dated February 21, 2014. (On file in the Land Use Office).

Mr. Solley stated that he, Mr. Bedini and Mr. Ajello would send the ZEO Report the Friday via email before a Zoning Meeting and attend the Zoning Meetings if there is a pressing issue with Zoning.


Privilege of the Floor
There was no one present from the public at this time.


Adjournment
Motion: to adjourn at 9:30 pm. by Mr. Averill, seconded by Mr. Reich.

Mr. Solley adjourned the meeting.

SUBMITTED SUBJECT TO APPROVAL:
Shelley White, Land Use Clerk



Posted: February 1, 2014

January 27, 2014


Present: Mr. Solley, Mr. Werkhoven, Mr. Averill, Mr. Reich
Alternates Present: Mr. Sorce
Absent: Mr. Fitzherbert, Mr. Sivick, Alt., Mr. Wyant, Alt.
Staff Present: Ms. White, Ms. Hill
Others Present: Mr. Becker, Mr. Low, Mr. McDermott, Mr. Zekas Mr. Solley called the meeting to order at 7:31 p.m.
Seated: Solley, Reich, Averill, Werkhoven, Sorce, Alt.

Consideration of the Minutes
The Commission considered the December 16, 2013 Regular Meeting Minutes of the Town of Washington Zoning Commission.

Motion:
to accept the Zoning Meeting Minutes of December 16, 2013 as submitted,
by Mr. Reich, seconded by Mr. Averill, passed by 5-0 vote.

The Commission considered the January 7, 2014 Special Meeting Minutes of the Town of Washington Zoning Commission.

Seated: Mr. Solley, Mr. Reich

Motion:
to accept the Zoning Special Meeting Minutes of January 7, 2014 as submitted,
by Mr. Solley, seconded by Mr. Reich, passed by 2-0 vote.


New Application(s)
There were no new applications to discuss.


Other Business
Preliminary Discussion/The Gunnery School/100 Green Hill Road/Athletic Fields:
Mr. Becker, Head of School for The Gunnery School, stated that they have come to discuss future plans to replace the athletic field at Green Hill Road with a synthetic turf field and would like feedback from the commissioners. He noted that this would be a multi use athletic field.

Mr. McDermott, V.P. of Milone & MacBroom, discussed the compilation plan for the new field. He pointed out the boundaries of the proposed field. He stated that they are aware that they would have to receive approval from the Inland Wetlands Commission. Mr. Mc Dermott described the process of installing a synthetic turf field. He explained that the materials were highly pervious and that the surface would reduce the amount and the severity of concussions for athletes.

There was a brief discussion regarding maintenance of a synthetic turf field.

Mr. Becker and Mr. McDermott said that this type of field allows the ability for the fields to be played on earlier in the Spring due to its drainage qualities, it will reduce the amount of head injuries and it would allow The Gunnery to be more competitive with other schools.

There was a brief discussion regarding how the turf is installed.

Mr. Sorce asked if the neighbors should have any concerns.

Mr. McDermott replied that the field would not be lighted and the times the field would be in use would not change.

Ms. Hill stated that she and Mr. Ajello (Z.E.O.) discussed this project and agreed that this would be considered an improvement to an existing field and would not require a zoning permit. She confirmed that The Gunnery would have to receive approval from Inland Wetlands.

Mr. McDermott explained the runoff and vertical drainage properties of the synthetic turf field.

Mr. Reich asked if the nearby creek would be affected.

Mr. McDermott replied the creek would not be affected.

Mr. Becker stated that they would use the existing bleachers and this would be a multi-sport field.

It was noted that this type of field does not require chemicals and only a mild antibacterial cleanser would be used if an injury occurred that resulted in blood on the surface.

Mr. McDermott stated that the field would be flocculated ("fluffed up") every two years to replace the rubber particles that work their way up through the turf fabric.

The commissioners and Mr. McDermott discussed the removal of topsoil.

Ms. Hill stated that under the definition of Excavation in the Zoning Regulations (21.1.24) the removal of topsoil is allowed for a bona fide construction, landscape or agricultural operation conducted on the premises, provided that no permanent damage is done to the landscape.

There was a brief discussion regarding the cost of installing and maintaining a synthetic turf field.

Mr. Becker stated that the color of the field would be chosen to blend in as naturally as possible.

The subject of lot coverage was discussed. Mr. McDermott stated that there would not be an increase in lot coverage as the field would be the same size as the existing field.

Mr. Werkhoven suggested that a baseline with the drainage computations for this pervious surface be provided to the Zoning Commission.

Mr. McDermott discussed the porosity of a synthetic turf field and stated that they will be providing drainage computations to the Inland Wetlands Commission and would be able to provide them for the Zoning Commission.

It was suggested that The Gunnery discuss this project with the Historic District Commission and notify adjoining neighbors.

The commissioners agreed to schedule a discussion with The Gunnery and include it on the agenda for the February 24, 2014 Zoning Meeting at Bryan Memorial Hall starting at 7:30 pm. Mr. Werkhoven stated that at this next meeting the Zoning Commission is expecting a baseline report showing permeability computations of the artificial turf field.

8:30 pm - representatives of The Gunnery leave.

Revision of the Zoning Regulations/Review:
Ms. Hill distributed a copy of the Zoning Regulations (copy in the Land Use Office) with the most recent revisions to Sections 1-12 and reviewed them with the commissioners.

Ms. Hill stated that the Commission could schedule a public hearing for the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Zoning Commission because all of the notification requirements would have been met.

It was the consensus of the Zoning Commission that a public hearing would be scheduled to consider these proposed revisions on the Zoning Regulations at the regularly scheduled Zoning Commission on February 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm in the upper level meeting room at Bryan Memorial Town Hall.

NHCOG Continuing Land Use Education Survey:
Ms. Hill distributed the survey to the commissioners. The commissioners filled out the survey and submitted them to Ms. Hill to forward to the NHCOG.


Communications
Ms. Hill informed the commissioners of a referral from the Town of Warren that there will be a public hearing on February 11 for a resident of Arrow Point who wants to build a closer than 100 feet to the shoreline of Lake Waramaug.


Enforcement
Enforcement Report:
Ms. Hill distributed the Zoning Enforcement Report dated January 27, 2014 (on file in the Land Use Office).


Privilege of the Floor
There was no one present from the public at this time.


Adjournment
Motion: to adjourn at 9:40 pm. by Mr. Averill, seconded by Mr. Sorce, Alt.

Mr. Solley adjourned the meeting.

SUBMITTED SUBJECT TO APPROVAL:
Shelley White, Land Use Clerk


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