by Tom Ranson
Agenda items included taking votes on three waiver requests for work on the Manhattan Harbor project. The first two waivers both pertained to changing the Berry Street entry slope to the riverfront via the flood wall. Campbell County Planning and Zoning’s Ryan Hutchinson presented the case for Nelson Stark, Inc. to steepen the entry slope to 12% in order to avoid adversely affecting properties on Berry with retaining walls and other infrastructure that would require construction all the way back to Third Street instead of just to Second Street. The third waiver request was from the site developer, Brendan Sullivan of Manhattan Development, LLC, asking to make changes to the Pattern book for the development. A pattern book is essentially a style guide that defines among other things what materials are required for use in construction, setbacks, acceptable architectural styles and so on. Board Chair Lynne Adam expressed concern that the request was not specific enough and possibly afforded too much leeway. Mr. Sullivan explained that the Pattern book changes are a general guideline and any and all specific plans will come before the board for approval before proceeding. All waivers were unanimously approved.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday June 3, 2015.