Meeting began at 7:00 pm. Present were Selectmen Cloutier, Stohl and Campbell. Members of the public present; Scott DeBlois, Planning Board Chairman and Charles Jordan, President – Great North Woods Center for the Arts.
Selectman Stohl started the meeting by saying that he had spoken to the other two Selectmen and that they all felt this meeting was necessary to clear the air between the Planning Board and the GNWCA. Selectmen Stohl stated that he had spoken with a NHMA lawyer today who explained about enforcement issues of site plan regulations.
Charlie Jordan read a prepared statement from the GNWCA stating that after talking with some Planning Board specialists and legal counsel, the GNWCA feels that the site plan approved on September 23, 2018 is more than adequate to cover what they are doing on the property.
Scott DeBlois explained that in the original site plan it called for one room to be used as a museum but that now that area is being used as a theatre. Mr. DeBlois feels that they should re-submit a more general plan stating that the “property” as a whole will be used for art-related activities. Mr. DeBlois stressed that although the Selectboard is responsible for public safety, the Planning Board is responsible for use.
Mr. Jordan again stated that he felt another site plan, with a public hearing, involving fees and costs, was not necessary.
All three Selectmen agreed that they felt “shutting them down” wasn’t necessary since they already have three performances/activities going on in the month of October.
Mr. DeBlois said that he had sent an e-mail to Nancy Smith this afternoon and outlined for her what the Planning Board was actually looking for. Mr. Jordan stated that he had not seen this e-mail. Mr. DeBlois said that what they are looking for is something “more” general that would cover all sorts of activities related to the arts.
The following issues were agreed to by everyone in attendance:
- The GNWCA will be allowed to continue with their scheduled activities in October.
- At the next Planning Board meeting, the GNWCA will submit a “simple” site plan covering all art-related activities.
- No public hearing would be required since it is not a new use that the public hasn’t been informed of previously.
- The GNWCA will submit to the Board of Selectmen the Alba Report that they have now (even though there will be some changes).
Meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm.
Marcia Parkhurst, Secretary
Board of Selectmen