Planning, zoning boards come up short
Apr 11, 2013 | 2204 views | 0 0 comments | 362 362 recommendations | email to a friend | print
By Margo Avakian

HALIFAX- Bradley Rafus has resigned from the planning commission and zoning board, due to his obligations as highway supervisor. This leaves the planning commission and zoning board one member short. Rafus’ resignation and the absence (because of a prior obligation) of new member Mark Gunkel, led the board to postpone its annual reorganization.

Meeting as the zoning board of adjustment, the board held a public hearing to consider Adam Buursma’s application for a conditional permit allowing him to conduct retail sales at his Route 112 nursery. Buursma, who has come before the board for preliminary discussions of this application, plans to limit retail sales to seasonally appropriate weekends. Hearing no relevant questions from abutting residents, the board adjourned after seven minutes to enter its deliberative session.

Switching hats, the board resumed meeting as the planning commission. Responding to a query from Bill Pusey, Linda Smith said that her investigation into the reasons for the rejection of Halifax’s application for a planning grant convinced her that the board must personally review any applications prepared on the town’s behalf by the Windham Regional Commission. “We can’t just assume that because they have a grant writer on staff (the application) will be all right,” Smith said.

Board secretary Phyllis Evanuk said that she has a sample of a successful application on file. She suggested the board use that sample to plan for future applications.

The board spent the remainder of the meeting reviewing whatever materials have been returned by residents who were asked for suggestions on sections of the plan in their areas of expertise, discussing the possible effects on health and emergency planning of the probable dissolution of the Whitingham Ambulance Service, other upcoming changes in area health services, and assigning remaining sections of the town plan among themselves.

Two dates were set for special meetings dedicated to work on the plan: Sunday, April 28, at 10 am, and Tuesday, May 28, at 6:30 pm.

Any residents interested in serving are urged to contact the selectboard.
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