FAIRFAX DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD                            Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Norm Stinehour and Joyce Hakey 6 Lot Subdivision for 233 Huntville Rd. Sketch Plan and Boundary Adjustment between Stinehour/Hakey (233 Huntville Rd) and Karen and John Seaman (44 Ferguson Rd.)


Members Present: B. Murphy, M. Dufresne

Alternates Present: P. Rainville, Lucien Hayes

Applicant Present:  Norm Stinehour

Public Present: Mary Casey (Averill Engineering); Fran Conlon; Allyssa Benoit; Alexis Combs; Lauren Pollitt; Brian Conlon; Faith Hadden; Valerie Ugro; Michael Averill (Averill Engineering); Skip Taylor, ZA


7:46 PM- B. Murphy called the hearing to order.  Introductions were made, the warning was read, and interested persons sworn in.


Peter Rainville told Mr. Stinehour that he is an abutter to his property and offered to recuse himself, however Mr. Stinehour had no objection to Peter participating in the hearing.


Mary Casey recused herself because of a conflict of interest as a representative of Averill Engineering (the engineer on this project).


Michael Averillof Averill Engineering explained that the priority was to keep the majority of the land open.  Lot 1 will consist of 92.23 acres.  They intend to permit 4 lots (lots 2,3,4, and 5), leaving Lot 6 deferred.  A preliminary survey has been done.


The Boundary Adjustment will make the parcel owned by Karen and John Seaman at 44 Ferguson Rd. more regular in size and bring the lot size up to current zoning standards.  The boundary adjustment will add 1 acre to the Seaman parcel.  This added area will contain the septic area for the proposed lot 5.


Lot 2 will have its own septic area; Septics for Lots 3 and 4 will be located on Lot 1.


Curb cuts have been approved by the Selectboard.  On Huntville Rd., Lot 2 will have its own driveway and Lots 3 and 4 will have a shared driveway.  On Ferguson Rd., Lot 5 will have its own driveway.


B. Murphy asked why Lot 6 was being deferred.(Norm Stinehour - to limit development.Lots 2, 3 and 5 to be sold to cover his expenses.  Lot 4 will be sold only if needed.  There is no current plan to develop Lot 6; it is being kept as insurance but he does not want to have to develop it.  Access from Ferguson Rd. to Lot 6 is not easy and would probably be accessed through Lot 1.)


Mr. Stinehour explained that the shape of Lots 2,3, and 4 are dictated by the topography and the location of current stone walls along Lot 4.  Originally Lots 2,3,and 4 were an existing 10.5-acre parcel.


There was additional discussion regarding the location of an existing underground cable running through Lots 2,3,and 4 and the need to notify Dig Safe before any development.


Open for Public Comment

Fran Conlon(61 Ferguson Rd.) expressed concern about water and stated that all the area wells are low yield.  She asked if the current wells could be monitored before, during, and after development as a Condition for approval from the DRB.  Mike Averill stated that the State is generally concerned that wells be 100’ apart and require 200’ when there is a concern.  The closest proposed well,located on Lot 5,is 420’ from the Conlons’ home (located on Lot 5).  He said the State had no aquifer map for this area.  Mary Casey added that the state would bump up interest because of the concern.


Faith Hadden spoke in favor of Mr. Stinehour’s plans.


Valerie Ugro asked if changes in area wells over the years could be due to increased development, and that the Town needs to look into it.


B. Murphy asked if there could be shared water supplies between lots. (Norm Stinehour said he did not anticipate problems on Lots 2,3, and 4 but understood the Conlons’ concern regarding Lot 5.  He felt it was unreasonable to have all the lots monitored.)


B Murphy asked the Board about a site visit before the final plat review.  The Board agreed.  A Site Visit will be scheduled 30 minutes prior to the next hearing.  This will be included in the warning for the next hearing.


8:25 PM- hearing closed.


Respectfully submitted,

Martha Varney, Zoning and Planning Assistant


Approved: ___________________________________ Signed: _______________, 2012

                        For the Development Review Board



These minutes are unofficial until approved at the next regularly scheduled meeting.  All motions were unanimous unless otherwise indicated.