January 15, 2020 PC Minutes

January 21, 2020

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES                                       January 15, 2020

 

Members Present: D. Patterson; S. Gregg; B. Kerr;

Members Absent: D. Roy; M. Gammal

Public Present: T. Maxham; J. Brightwell; M. Taylor-Varney (ZA)

 

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

 

Changes to the Agenda

Moved discussion of the proposed Amendments to the Development Regulations (3) to the second item on the agenda.

 

Proposed Amendments to Development Regulations – Discuss results of Jan. 6th Selectboard Public Hearing

Jim Brightwell gave the Commission members a proposed draft for Density Bonus (Sec. 304).   There was discussion on the difference between ‘Open Space/Public’ and ‘Open Space/Common’. Jim’s definition applies to ‘Open Space/Public’ in the Rural Residential District only. The Commission stressed that a density bonus cannot be sent to a separate non-contiguous parcel or lot. Also decided was that ‘Open Space/Common’ in a Planned Unit Development can be developed for recreational use by the owners of the Association. S. Gregg will write a new draft for all of Sec. 304.

Also discussed – Storage Facilities (Table 2.1 – Allowed Uses) will not be allowed in the proposed Village Districts, and Marinas will be allowed in the Village Districts (since those districts have now been expanded to include the shoreline in those areas).

 

  1. Patterson made the motion to request the Selectboard not to warn the Article for the amended Regulations at Town Meeting in order to give the Planning Commission time to make changes requested by the Selectboard; S. Gregg second. All members in attendance in favor.

 

Public Comment

There was none.

 

Meeting Minutes

  1. Gregg moved to approve the minutes from December 4, 2019; B. Kerr second. All those in attendance in favor.

 

New/Old Business

  1. Kerr has been attempting to get more information about the Act 250 process but has received no response from the local coordinator. The Commission will wait, pending the outcome of current discussion in the Legislature before trying again.

 

Administrator’s Report

  1. There will be an “Essentials of Land Use Training” on Tuesday, February 4th at the Worthen Library from 7-9 PM. This training will be conducted by Northwest Regional Planning. All new and ‘veteran’ members of the Planning Commission and DRB are encouraged to attend. This is one of several sessions that NRPC has facilitated throughout the Region.
  2. The Agency of Natural Resources has funding opportunities for village community wastewater that will be discussed at a Jan. 21st meeting in Montpelier. Selectboard members and Planning Commission members are invited to attend.

 

Adjournment

7:55PM – S. Gregg moved to adjourn; B. Kerr second. All in favor.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Martha Taylor-Varney, Zoning Administrator

 

 

 

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.

 

 

January 15, 2020 PC Agenda

January 15, 2020

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMISSION

Agenda

January 15, 2020

South Hero Town Office at 6PM

 

 

 

AGENDA

 

 

  1. Changes to the Agenda
  2. Public Input
  3. Proposed Amendments to Development Regulations –Discuss results of Jan. 6, 2020 Selectboard Public Hearing
  4. Meeting Minutes
  5. New/Old Business
  6. Administrator’s Report
  7. Adjournment

 

December 4, 2019 PC Meeting Minutes

December 10, 2019

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES                           December 4, 2019

 

Members Present: D. Patterson, Chair; S. Gregg, Vice-Chair; M. Gammal; B. Kerr

Member Absent: D. Roy

Public Present: Tim Maxham; Jeff Sikora; Martha Taylor-Varney, ZA

 

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

 

Changes to the Agenda

There were none.

 

Public Input

There was none.

 

Discuss addition to Sec. 301 (Preliminary Site Plan Review)

The option of requesting a Preliminary Site Plan review has been added to the Development Regulations draft. This review is an optional DRB review of a conceptual plan that will allow an Applicant to present a plan to the Board before making a commitment to producing a Final Site Plan. An aerial photo with the plan drawn onto it and any sketch of proposed buildings would be sufficient for the DRB to have an idea if the project will work. The Preliminary Site Plan review will be warned like any other hearing and the Commission will recommend to the Selectboard that there be a $100 application fee to cover the expense of warning the hearing and other administrative preparations. A separate hearing fee will be required if the Applicant applies to the DRB for a final Site Plan review. There will be no time limit between a preliminary site plan and applying for a final site plan review.

 

Schedule Selectboard Public Hearing for proposed Development Regulations

The Selectboard public hearing is scheduled for January 6, 2020 at 6PM. This will be warned as a special Selectboard meeting. It will be held at the Worthen Library community room. The final draft and maps of proposed village zoning districts will be put on the home page of the Town website. Martha will coordinate putting information about the Regulations in the Islander and Front Porch Forum. There was additional discussion about whether the Selectboard can approve the Regulations or if it needs to go to a vote at Town Meeting. Martha will meet with Taylor Newton of NRPC to finalize edits to the document before distributing to the Selectboard, Planning Commission, and the public.

 

Meeting Minutes

  1. Gregg moved to approve the minutes from Nov. 20, 2019, as amended; B. Kerr second. All in favor.

 

New/Old Business

There was none.

 

Administrator’s Report

  1. The Town’s application for a 2020 Municipal Planning Grant to study the feasibility of having town-wide water and wastewater was not granted.
  2. There will be no second meeting this month (Dec 18, 2019) nor first meeting of the month in January (Jan. 1, 2020). The Commission’s next regular meeting will be January 15, 2020.

 

Adjournment

8:04 PM – S. Gregg moved to adjourn; M. Gammal 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.

 

 

 

Dec. 4, 2019 PC Agenda

December 2, 2019

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMISSION

Agenda

December 11, 2019

South Hero Town Office at 7PM

 

 

 

AGENDA

 

 

  1. Changes to the Agenda
  2. Public Input
  3. Discuss addition to Section 303 (Site Plan Review) – Application fee?
  4. Schedule Selectboard public hearing for proposed Development Regulations
  5. Meeting Minutes
  6. New/Old Business
  7. Administrator’s Report
  8. Adjournment

 

 

November 20, 2019 PC Minutes

November 21, 2019

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES                           November 20, 2019

Meeting held at South Hero Town Office.

 

Members Present: D. Patterson (Chair); M. Gammal; B. Kerr; S. Gregg (Vice-Chair) D.Roy

Member Absent: None

Public Present: Tim Maxham

 

7:02 PM – D. Patterson called the meeting to order.

 

Changes to the Agenda

There were none.

 

Public Input

There was none.

 

Public Meeting.

Discussion on section 303 (Site Plan Review) to include conceptual site plan to the proposed development regulations. Doug has revised Table 3.1 to discuss “concept” plan. There was discussion as to what to call the preliminary review. All agreed on “Sketch Plan Review”. The review would not require any fee, but would be publicly warned to the public. The intent is to provide an informal meeting with the DRB to discuss the scope and scale of the proposed development and what would be deemed important to the DRB in the subsequent Preliminary and/or Final Plan Review meetings. This will provide feedback for the applicant prior to submitting a formal application to the ZA.

 

The “Sketch” plan is entirely optional for the applicant and pre-empts the formal application submittal.

 

Martha (ZA) should contact NWRP to get language on for the Development Regulations. An example of a Sketch Plan approach was also shared by D. Roy.

 

Meeting Minutes

  1. Gregg moved to approve the minutes from November 6, 2019; M. Gammal second.

All in favor.

 

New/Old Business – Report from those who attended the 10/25 ANR seminar in Montpelier

 

From here on, the Planning Commission will begin meetings @ 6:00 p.m. through February 2020 and will conclude @ 8:00 p.m.

 

 

Administrator’s Report – Presented by D. Patterson

  1. PC has confirmed that setbacks will not be measured from Easements
  2. PC has determined that setbacks will be measured from a R.O.W.
  3. The Town is seeking a representative for the Northwest Regional Planning Commission. PC recommends advertising for the position in Front Porch Forum as well as in the Town news.
  4. The meeting minutes will include reference to location under the title.

 

8:55 PM – S. Gregg moved to adjourn; B. Kerr second. All in favor.

 

Respectfully submitted,

David P Roy, PC Secretary

 

 

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.