Salted with Sharks

Residential Solar, Residential Care

In Green Elbertians, Infrastructure and Planning, On and off the Apron, WTFF (What the Frankfort) on March 12, 2013 at 11:39 pm

CITY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING, FRANKFORT—Jim Barnes of 823 James Street needs to submit drawings showing his plan for the solar panel array he intends to mount on his garage to the Frankfort City Planning Commission, plans that demonstrate adequate steps taken to reduce the chance that someone walking through his yard will bang their head on the structure. The commission expressed a general feeling of favor toward the project. Commission member Pat Storrer remarked: “I’m glad you’re doing this.” Josh Mills said permission could be granted on the basis of institutional use provisions within the existing ordinance despite the moratorium on alternative energy projects in the city. The moratorium continues, and each type of alternative energy will be considered separately, with solar energy being the first under consideration, Chairman Bruce Ogilvie said. The commission has some concerns about batteries and their storage, among other potential hazardous unknowns with the various technologies. Since Barnes’s installation will be grid tied and will not require batteries to store the generated power, the commission seemed to feel comfortable entertaining approval of his project given appropriate drawings and regular county building and electrical permits.

Jim Barnes describes his residential solar project to the Frankfort Planning Commission.

Jim Barnes describes his residential solar project to the Frankfort Planning Commission.

In other news, Ogilvie was reeappointed chair, and submitted his 8 page draft of a proposed medical marijuana ordinance (see below, obtained with permission). The board will review the ordinance as will the city attorney; it will be made available to the public ahead of a public hearing.

The commission also approved architect Jordan London’s site plan for the new Maples facility, provided the wall separating the facility from its neighbors to the east be extended, and that it be attractive. The commission expressed a preference for dark-skies-compliant lighting (which is promised) and native species in the plantings. The zoning board of appeals is scheduled to meet on the 19th to consider a variance related to the parking area.

Placement of MDOT-ordered sidewalks on the east side of town was discussed, with the commission expressing a desire to do whatever possible to prevent MDOT from removing any maple trees along 11th Street in the process, including possibly suggesting the sidewalk be installed only on the east side of 11th, along the fence beside the bleachers.

Josh Mills mentioned the possibility of a webcam on the lighthouse that would provide live information on lake conditions on the home page of the Frankfort Wi-Fi portal set to launch this summer.—Emily Votruba

Draft Frankfort Medical Marijuana Ordinance

  1. The Frankfort Planning Commission asks a private citizen to provide a plan that demonstrates ‘… adequate steps taken to reduce the chance that someone walking through his yard will bang their head on the structure.”

    I think that I shall move my family to a place where the planning commission concerns itself with people banging their heads. Sounds like a very safe community!

    (Does a heavy metal band have to make similar plans for the Planning Commission when they have a concert in Frankfort? You know those head bangers!)

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