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Planners hear of possible marina expansion

by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
June 25, 2014
ALTON — The Alton Planning Board held a design review for a commercial business on Route 28, conducted a conceptual site plan in regards to the West Alton Marina and continued a minor site plan along Route 140 during its meeting on Tuesday, June 17.

Peter and Elizabeth Varney came before the board for the second time to speak about a minor site plan to allow for additional commercial uses at their property located on 10 Frank C. Gilman Highway (Route 140), and for the second time the application was deemed to be incomplete.

Ken McWilliams, the town planner, said he sent an e-mail to the Varneys stating what needed to be done prior to the meeting and there was no response.

Elizabeth Varney claimed that they never received an e-mail. Among the many things missing from the site plan were identification of set backs. The board decided that the couple should set up a time to meet with McWilliams and go through what is missing on the plan and then come to the board in the near future.

The board continued the case until at least the July meeting so that the plans could be finished and items could be added that were missing from the plans.

Jeff Green, a land surveyor, came before the board to discuss a site plan submitted by Outside In Construction for constructing a main office building and a large barn along property on Route 28.

Green explained the plans and noted that nothing would be manufactured on the site, only stored. The board approved the application as complete, pending a review of the drainage study by one of the town engineers.

There was some concern by abutters about noise from the expansion of the business and lack of a natural buffer. Many trees were up previously but they were knocked down from the hurricane from a couple of years ago.

There was a suggestion to add a fence, but Green feels that won't create much of a buffer because the neighbors are located up a hill from the property. The board suggested that Green would work on adding more trees as a natural into the plans.

Brian Fortier came before the board to discuss a conceptual consultation regarding a site plan for expansion at the West Alton Marina. He explained plans to construct a new retail space, boat storage and cleaning building and canopy structures for the next and existing boat docks.

There was some discussion about merging the three lots that the marina is located on, and about the marina being located in two different zones. Fortier is scheduled to come back before the board in July with a final site plan.

The board scheduled a joint meeting that will be held with the Zoning Amendment Committee to discuss flood plain maps on Wednesday, July 16, at 5:45 at the Alton Town Hall.

The next scheduled Alton Planning Board meeting is on Tuesday, July 15, at 6 p.m. at the Alton Town Hall.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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