PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
DECEMBER 21, 2022
John Hutchison (Acting-Chair) called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. In attendance were Commission members Owen Bailey, Tony d’Elia, and Jeff Grotsky, Kees de Mooy (Zoning Administrator) and guests.
Mr. Hutchison asked if there were any corrections or revisions to the minutes of the meeting of October 19, 2022. Mr. d’Elia moved to approve the minutes as submitted, was seconded by Mr. Grotsky. The motion carried unanimously.
LOT LINE ADJUSTMENT – 407 CANNON STREET
Mr. Kevin McIntyre, property owner, stated that he and his neighbor would like to exchange sections of property to create a straight property line. Mr. Bailey moved to approve the lot line adjustment as presented, was seconded Mr. d’Elia. The motion carried unanimously.
PARKING RATIFICATION – CHESTER RIVER LANDING
Mr. Brent Paquin, Paquin Design/Build, stated he plans to increase the parking by one additional spot per unit to meet the town code of one and a half parking spots per unit. He reviewed the plan and stated that he would adjust the location of several garages to allow for additional parking spots.
Mr. John Seidel, Vice President of Council of Unit Owners of Chester River Landing, reviewed four concerns the unit owners have: parking, trash pickup, road completion and architectural style. He hopes that the town can help resolve some of these issues within the community.
Mr. Seidel stated that there is a lack of parking, especially around the holidays. He noted that the community would like to see two parking spaces per new unit.
Mr. Seidel reviewed the need for trash pickup. There is currently one dumpster near the pool that has a scheduled pickup two times per week. Unit owners would like another dumpster placed within the community.
Mr. Seidel noted that the community would like to have their roads completed. As the community is built out the road will need to be finished. This is something that Paquin Design/Build will not do, as that responsibility was with the previous owner.
Mr. Seidel noted that the unit owners want to see the new unit’s architectural style to be compatible with the existing units.
Mr. d’Elia moved to table this submission until they received a site plan showing the parking plan for the new units, was seconded Mr. Bailey. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Jim Bogden, Chair of the Recreation Commission, informally reviewed various items, ideas and concepts for additional trails and recreation in Chestertown. He asked about the status of the Chestertown Heritage Trail. Mr. Bailey stated they currently have drawings and are waiting on funding to get final engineering drawings so that they can move forward with permits.
Mr. Bogden suggested creating a bicycle/pedestrian trail around the wastewater treatment plant and the creation of walking trails through an area that he called Radcliffe Valley Park. He also stated that there were ongoing discussions regarding the extension of the existing Rail Trail to Worton and beyond.
Mr. Bogden stated that it was possible that a new Chestertown Middle School, if it is not rebuilt in its current location, that it might be relocated to a property at the head of Talbot Boulevard, in which case the pedestrian pathways through Radcliffe Valley Park would be needed.
Mr. Bailey suggested that a member of the Recreation Commission should be selected to participate in the Comprehensive Plan process during discussions about improving recreation infrastructure.
There being no further business or questions from the audience, Mr. d’Elia moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:57, was seconded by Mr. Bailey and carried unanimously.
Lynda Thomas, Town Clerk
John Hutchison, Acting-Chair