April 7, 2021 PC Agenda

April 1, 2021

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION

Agenda

6PM on April 7, 2021

 

This meeting will be held via Zoom.  Please contact the South Hero Zoning Administrator at zoning@southherovt.org  for a Zoom invitation.

 

AGENDA

 

 

  1. Changes to the Agenda
  2. Public Comment
  3. Discussion with NRPC on the 2023 Town Plan
  4. Options for American Recovery Act funds
  5. Accessory On-Farm Businesses
  6. Accessory Dwellings
  7. Regulating private Airfields and Heliports
  8. Meeting Minutes
  9. New/Old Business
  10. Administrator’s Report
  11. Adjournment

 

 

 

 

March 17, 2021 PC Minutes

March 18, 2021

South Hero Planning Commission Minutes                                      March 17, 2021

 

Members Present: Doug Patterson (Chair); Sandy Gregg (Vice-Chair); Michele Gammal; David Roy.

Public Present: Bob Fireovid; Martha Taylor-Varney (ZA)

 

6:00 PM – D. Patterson called the meeting to order.

 

Changes to the Agenda

There were none.

 

Public Comment

There was none.

 

Discussion of Airfields and Heliport Regulations

  1. Patterson had contacted VLCT and was told that no draft ordinance had yet been prepared. VLCT suggested that we contact Northwest Regional Planning. Since the Commission’s April 7 meeting will include NRPC, we will include discussion on regulating airfields and heliports on the agenda.  Doug told the Commission that VTran’s application for and airfield or heliport was relatively simple (he will send everyone the pdf), but that the FAA regulations and guidelines are pretty involved.  Doug recommended that South Hero consider this further because there are already planes and helicopters operating in South Hero.  Martha will contact Grand Isle and North Hero to see what regulations or issues they may have.  This issue will remain on the agenda.

 

Small Business Saturday

  1. Gammal reported that she has contacted more businesses and is getting a favorable response for the proposed date (November 20). She is hoping that each participating business will have some sort of special ‘draw’ to encourage people to come. Meeting prospective participating businesses will become easier as Covid restrictions are eased.

 

Meeting Minutes

  1. Gregg moved to approve the minutes from March 3, 2021; David Roy second. All in favor.

 

New/Old Business

The Selectboard passed onto the Commission information on the American Recovery Act, funding to support local governments that could include, among other things, funds for assistance to small businesses, impacts to tourism, travel, and hospitality, and investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.  D. Roy asked if this could include funds allocated toward further study of water and sewer systems in South Hero.  This conversation will also be added to the agenda for the April 7 meeting with NRPC.

Administrator’s Report

  1. Martha showed the Commission members a front-page article in the March 16 issue of the Burlington Free Press about a House bill introduced in Montpelier that would require owners of short-term rentals to live in their rentals for 270 days a year. There was general support from the members for this type of State regulation.
  2. The next meeting will be April 9, 2021. Greta Brunswick of NRPC will attend to discuss whether the Town will need an MPG for the 2023 Town Plan, in addition to further discussion on Acts 143 and 179, airfield and heliport regulations, and whether the American Recovery Act could apply to any proposals in South Hero.

 

Adjournment

6:31 PM – S. Gregg moved to adjourn; M. Gammal second.  All in favor.

 

 

Signed: __________________________________________ Date: ________________________

For the Planning Commission

 

These minutes are unofficial until approved at the next regularly scheduled meeting.  All motions were unanimous unless otherwise indicated.

 

 

 

March 17, 2021

March 12, 2021

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION

Agenda

6PM on March 17, 2021

 

This meeting will be held via Zoom.  Please contact the South Hero Zoning Administrator at zoning@southherovt.org  for a Zoom invitation.

 

AGENDA

 

 

  1. Changes to the Agenda
  2. Public Comment
  3. Discussion on Airfields and Heliport regulations
  4. Small Business Saturday
  5. Meeting Minutes
  6. New/Old Business
  7. Administrator’s Report
  8. Adjournment

 

 

 

March 3, 2021 PC Minutes

March 6, 2021

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION                                                       March 3, 2021

Meeting held via Zoom

 

Members Present: Doug Patterson (Chair); Sandy Gregg (Vice-Chair); David Roy; Jonathan Shaw

Member Absent: Michele Gammal

Public Present: Bob Fireovid; Tim Maxham; Martha Taylor-Varney, ZA

 

6:00PM – D. Patterson called the meeting to order.

 

Changes to the Agenda

Under ‘New/Old Business’, add: Discussion on Airfield/Heliport regulation; Clean Water Initiative; Better Places grant; and retail Cannabis.

 

Discussion on Act 143 – Accessory On-Farm Businesses

Martha attended a virtual seminar on February 25th hosted by NRPC, which included a presentation on Act 143 – On-Farm Accessory Businesses.  Discussion with the Planning Commission included whether the Town needs to adopt a bylaw that clarifies AOFB’s and what would be the standard of review.  The Agency of Agriculture recommends a site plan review, but there is currently no adopted requirement by the State. Discussion also included letting the Agency of Ag makes farm determinations rather than the ZA, Town, or Applicant.  NRPC is working on a model bylaw.

 

Act 179 – Legislation related to Accessory Dwelling Units

Additional information on this was also presented at the 2/25 NRPC seminar. The South Hero Development Regulations were amended to match the State’s new requirements for accessory dwellings.  However, the Seminar also included new directives that prevent Conditional Use review for up to 4-unit dwellings.  Currently, the Town’s Development Regulations require Conditional Use review in the Rural Residential and Shoreland Districts.  Reviews for this number of units also may not consider Undue Adverse Effect on character of the area.  These changes will require the Regulations to be amended once again.

 

Meeting Minutes

  1. Gregg moved to approve the minutes of February 17, 2021; J. Shaw second. All in favor.

 

New/Old Business

  1. Small Business SaturdayMichele Gammal will have more information at the March 17 or April 7 meeting.
  2. Airports/Helipads – The airfield at Allenholm has been registered with the FAA for 45 years. Does regulation of new airfields and helipads need to be added to Table 2.1 (Allowed Uses) with the review requirements?  Patterson says the Commission needs input from aviation authorities and will look into it for the next meeting.
  3. Clean Water Initiative: Gregg read the report and said there is no clear data yet that supports whether investments made by the State are making a difference in water quality.
  4. Better Places Grant: Gregg reported that the Town’s application for a Better Places Grant was denied.   There were a lot of applicants, and the State is considering a second opportunity for applications.
  5. Retail Cannabis Sales: Retail cannabis sales in South Hero were approved at Town Meeting. Patterson stated that the Town needs to be proactive in regulating the sale of cannabis and the effect it will have on the Town if there are no other towns nearby that also have retail cannabis sales.  The State has no rules yet and will not for a while so retail sales will not happen for a while.

 

Administrator’s Report

The next meeting will be on March 17, 2021 at 6PM, via Zoom.  Martha will send the PowerPoint presentations from the 2/25 NRPC seminar on Acts 143 and 179 to the PC members for further discussion on March 17.  The April 7 meeting will include Greta Brunswick of NRPC, attending to discuss the 2023 Town Plan, in addition to Acts 143 and 179, and airfield/helipad regulations.  There is a fifth Monday in March and  Martha will ask the Selectboard and DRB if they wish to meet together on that date.

 

Adjournment

6:47PM — S. Gregg moved to adjourn; J. Shaw second.  All in favor.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Martha Taylor-Varney, ZA

 

 

Signed: _________________________________________ Date: _____________________

For the Planning Commission

 

These minutes are unofficial until approved at the next regularly scheduled meeting.  All motions were unanimous unless otherwise indicated.

 

 

 

March 3, 2021 PC agenda

February 25, 2021

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION

Agenda

6PM on March 3, 2021

 

This meeting will be held via Zoom.  Please contact the South Hero Zoning Administrator at zoning@southherovt.org  for a Zoom invitation.

 

AGENDA

 

 

  1. Changes to the Agenda
  2. Public Comment
  3. Discussion on Act 143 – Accessory On-Farm Businesses
  4. Act 179 — Legislation related to Accessory Dwelling Units
  5. Meeting Minutes
  6. New/Old Business –Small Business Saturday updates
  7. Administrator’s Report
  8. Adjournment