Town of Otis
Planning Board Meeting Minutes
April 8, 2019
Town Hall Inspectors’ Office
Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm in the Otis Town Hall Inspectors’ Room. Meeting is recorded and a quorum is present.
Present: Michael Ernst, Rona Knight, Jen Daily, Hal Kobrin, Jim Kaufmann, Larry Gould, Terry Gould, Stephanie McNair, Jim Fink, Kathy Couch
Approval of Minutes: The March 11, 2019 Planning Board meeting minutes were unanimously approved as written. Jen made the motion to accept and Jim K. seconded.
Site Plan Review: Planning decided to continue this hearing at their March meeting, but no close date for continuance or extension has been set. Lisa was asked to contact Sarah Gapinsky. Jen made the motion to reach out to the developers to get a formal request to stop the clock via a continuance, Rona seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
Special Permit: Planning decided to continue this hearing until decisions had been made by both Conservation and Zoning regarding any concerns with the Site Plan Review. Jen Daily made a motion to reach out to the developers to get a formal request for continuance (same as above). Rona seconded the motion and we expect them at the May 13, 2019 meeting.
Advertising for Planning Board Clerk: A deadline for submission was determined and Lisa was asked to advertise in several publications around town and in nearby towns.
Discuss Planning Board Membership: It was noted that three positions are up for re-election and only one person is running for re-election. After discussion, Jen Daily made the motion to put the article to go from seven to five members back on the Annual Town Warrant for this year. Rona seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Recreational Marijuana Bylaw: Hal’s fourth draft was reviewed and discussed and additional changes were made. After final discussion, Hal made the motion to accept the draft warrant with the changes and present the bylaw as modified to the Select Board tomorrow night, seconded by Jen. The motion passed unanimously. The Planning Board members also decided to hold a Public Hearing of the bylaw for the residents on April 29, 2019 at 7:00 pm. Lisa will get the notice ready and publish in the Berkshire Eagle in order to meet MGL advertising requirements. This was also passed unanimously.
Hal moved the meeting be adjourned, Jen seconded, and the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 8:05 pm.
Planning Board Clerk
Town of Otis
List of Documents
- A list of current Planning Board members and their terms will be filed with these meeting minutes.
- A copy of the Town Meeting Article vetted by Town Counsel for the 2014 Annual Town Meeting will be filed with these meeting minutes.
- A copy of the Draft 4 Marijuana Bylaw changes and the two appendices will be filed with these meeting minutes.