The council asked for a response by June with an expectation that they would give guidance on a process for short-term rentals yet the board is hesitant to take action without all of the information in front of them.
On Thursday, the Planning Board continued the vote on a proposed drive-through bylaw amendment that would allow such a facility at any primary business use. The panel will take up the proposal again at its next meeting on Wednesday.
The signage at Liberty Market Dispensary has caught the attention of the Planning Board, which argues it violates state Cannabis Control Commission regulations, despite the business saying it is in compliance.
The applicants are also required to maintain or restore the condition of Gale Avenue to pre-construction conditions and limit the extended road to 18 feet per approval of the Fire Department and the services department.
The structure will have three apartments on each of the second and third level. Two will be two-bedroom units and the third will be one-bedroom. The two-bedrooms will be just over 1,000 square feet and the one-bedroom 761 square feet. The larger units will both have two full-bathrooms.
The board approved plans for the 3600 square foot building on Monday, with the only condition being the color scheme gets approved by the board once it is determined. Construction of the new building will follow the demolition of the current structure, formerly Arizona Pizza.
Planners had anticipated reviewing a proposal for eight apartments in the Tower & Porter Block on Eagle Street. Owner Veselko Buntic had submitted the plans for approval. Buntic, who has bid to purchase the Mohawk Theater, told the City Council and residents at a hearing on his plans for the theater, that he would be moving forward with the Eagle Street project.
He explained at last week's City Council meeting that his plans had been slowed by a number of issues, including his partners in the two buildings. He said he now owns both properties free and clear and is ready to begin work.
Winters kicked off the board's 2021-22 meeting cycle with a "maverick" proposal to slash the current code's requirements for frontage, setbacks and lot size in the residential districts in an effort to increase the number of available lots and, he hopes, increase the housing stock in an effort to make housing more affordable in the town.
Plans for the proposed brewery at the former Eagles Hall, on 515 Curran Highway, go back to 2018. At the time, applicant Spinney said a substantial remodel of the hall, which closed in 2017, would have to be done.
Some proposed usages of the former Vacation Village property were cited as examples, including an operation to produce coffee pods, or K-cups, that has recently encountered complications, and may need to obtain a new special permit from the board next month.