Design for first new home at Fisher Place approved

Two design review applications were approved at the Development Review Board meeting on Oct. 7. Bill Posey presented a proposal for a new, one-story, single-family home at Fisher Place, directly across from the Post Office on Falls Road.

Posey met twice with the Historic Preservation and Design Review Commission and modified his original plan to incorporate their recommendations for improvements in the design of the façade on the side facing Falls Road.

The second application was submitted by Mary Sackett for the addition a 10’ by 16’ foot platform deck to her home at 24 McCabe Circle. The Historic Preservation and Design Review Commission had recommended approval of the proposed deck.

The board then discussed the role of alternates, welcoming once again Jeff McBride, a recently appointed alternate who attended the meeting. DRB Chair Mark Sammut said the role of alternates should be clarified in the board’s rules of procedures which will be considered at the next meeting. He recommended that alternates either attend meetings or watch them on Vermont Community Access Media.

Sammut urged members who will be absent from a scheduled meeting to give at least three days’ notice so that alternates could be notified. Alternates will be seated with board members and participate in all deliberations if fewer than seven board members are present.

Sammut also announced that he would be meeting with the Planning Commission on Oct. 8 to discuss the list of issues the DRB had compiled that they would like the commission to review and clarify. He encouraged other DRB members to attend.

Director of Planning and Zoning Dean Pierce updated the DRB on the job search to replace Annie Geratowski. Some 23 applications have been received and are now being reviewed before interviews are scheduled. Sammut said that he will recommend to Town Manager Joe Colangelo that three members of the DRB be involved in the selection process. The actual hiring decision, though, is Colangelo’s prerogative.

The next meeting of the DRB will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, Oct. 21 in the Municipal Center.

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