July 07, 2010

Acton Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee

JULY 7, 2010

A. ROLL CALL – 7:00

Members present: Thomas Cashin – Chairman

John Moore – Vice-Chairman

Rob Meyer

Roy Trafton

Gregory Martin

Members absent: Virginia DeBoer


No Minutes were approved.


There was no old business to come before the Committee.


Board of Selectmen Meeting – Mr. Cashin asked if any of the other Members would be willing to make a presentation regarding the work they have done over the past two years at the Board of Selectmen’s meetings as was suggested previously by the Selectmen. He explained that he would attend the Selectmen’s Meeting on July 8, 2010 to discuss the possibility of his making the first presentation at their July 22, 2010 Meeting. He suggested the group review the final draft dated April 5, 2010 which has a cross out of the June, 2010 date. He mentioned he would review Article 12 – Shoreland Zone – since that is the most complex and confusing of all the revisions. He advised he would like to have SMRPC assist at the presentation as to whatever explanations of the map developed by that agency are necessary and to respond to any questions or comments to which the Committee doesn’t have the answers. He felt that expense, which will not be very great, is worth it so the community will understand what revisions and amendments are being proposed and the reason for them. He explained the Committee will have fifteen minutes at the Selectmen’s Meeting, therefore, there will be a very brief amount of time to answer questions pertinent to what is being explained so they need to be as concise as possible. He stated he will request that they be the first item on the agenda.

A Motion was made and seconded to approve Jamie Oman-Saltmarsh’s attendance at the

July 22, 2010 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting. Moore/Meyer – Unanimous.

Mr. Moore advised he felt the most important area that should be protected are the waterfront properties and while most of those requirements are State mandated, the Committee has gone beyond those requirements.

Mr. Cashin stated the Committee should also be thinking of what the main reasons are that they feel what is being presented will be beneficial to Acton. He said he spoke with Ms. Saltmarsh about the State’s position on undeveloped lots with a 20% or greater slope and the Committee’s position that they didn’t want development to occur on those lots knowing that it is permitted by the State. He gave a brief overview of his discussion with Ms Saltmarsh on that topic. At this time, the Committee reviewed the latest set of maps relating to the Town’s lakes and rivers.


There was no new business to come before the Committee.


There was no other business to come before the Committee.


The Meeting was adjourned at 7:45 PM.

Respectfully submitted,


Recording Secretary