June 17, 2020 PC Minutes

June 25, 2020

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION                                                       June 17, 2020

 

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

Public Present: None present

 

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

 

Changes to the Agenda

There were none.

 

Public Input

There was none.

 

Discuss Ordinance Priorities

Martha to write a public invite about the junk ordinance discussion to be held on July 1st. The invitation is to be published in the Islander and on Front Porch Forum by June 19th.

 

P.C wants to define “Low Impact Industry” and allow as C/S in Table 2.1 in the village district(s). “Low-Impact Industrial” projects are those that are NOT classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) Act of 1994. “Industrial” projects are those which require classification under the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) Act of 1994.

 

Meeting Minutes

Sandy Gregg moved to accept the minutes from June 3, 2020; David Roy second. All in favor.

 

New/Old Business

  1. C. Members to be re-approved at next S.B. Meeting.

 

Administrator’s Report

The next meeting will be on July 1, 2020 P.C. Members and members of the public will meet via Zoom.

Adjournment

Sandy Gregg moved to adjourn; Bridget Kerr second. All in favor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

David Roy, PC Secretary

 

 

Signed:_____________________________________ Date: ________________________

For the Planning Commission

 

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

 

June 3, 2020 PC Minutes

June 15, 2020

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION                                                       June 3, 2020

 

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

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

 

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

 

Changes to the Agenda

There were none.

 

Public Input

There was none.

 

Discuss Ordinance Priorities

The Commission again discussed including “hot topics” periodically on their agenda to get input or comments from the public on ordinance recommendations. The first, for a junk ordinance, is tentatively planned for July 1st and will be included in the South Hero Town News section of the Islander in the June 24th issue. The Commission agreed that these meetings will need to be held via Zoom. Other future ordinances to consider include a food truck ordinance.

 

Meeting Minutes

Sandy Gregg moved to accept the minutes from May 20, 2020; Bridget Kerr second. All in favor.

 

New/Old Business

  1. The zoning Administrator presented a draft copy of a zoning application for a variance. The Commission approved the draft after a couple of minor edits.
  2. There was discussion on whether the definition of “Industrial” in the recently updated Regulations is too broad and needs to be further clarified – whether to define a “low-impact industry” as separate from large industry – and whether to allow it could be allowed in the Village Zoning Districts with conditional use and site plan review (currently, “industrial” is not allowed at all in the village districts). The members will discuss further at their next meeting.
  3. There was discussion about whether it is appropriate for the Planning Commission to discuss specifics related to an upcoming DRB hearing. It was decided the discussion was warranted to clarify the definition of “industrial.” Per Section 204.B.3 of the Development Regulations, PC members Sandy Gregg, Michele Gammal, and David Roy will attend the DRB’s June 10th hearing to submit an opinion on whether an application meets an allowed use in Table 2.1.

 

  1. Sandy Gregg took part in a webinar “Streets for Success” presented by VLCT, about reopening downtowns after COVID. The webinar centered on underused spaces and how to use them for social interaction. Recommendations included – parklets with picnic tables, public spaces with benches, donated park benches, and the redesign of outside spaces for businesses. Sandy explained that a “sense of space and community” is up to the town leader, and the “rebalance of roads” contributed to traffic calming.

 

Administrator’s Report

The next meeting will be on June 17 at the Town Office. Members will meet outside if weather permits (masks and social distancing still apply).

 

Adjournment

Sandy Gregg moved to adjourn; Michele Gammal second. All in favor.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Martha Taylor-Varney, ZA

 

 

Signed:_____________________________________ Date: ________________________

For the Planning Commission

 

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

 

 

 

May 20, 2020 PC Minutes

May 26, 2020

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION                                           May 20, 2020

 

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

Public Present: M. Taylor-Varney (ZA)

 

[Meeting attended via Zoom]

 

6:02PM – D. Patterson called the meeting to order.

 

Changes to the Agenda

There were none.

 

Public Input

There was none.

 

Junk Ordinance

  1. Patterson had attended the Selectboard’s May 11, 2020 meeting to discuss whether there was support for a junk ordinance, but found that there was little interest from the SB in pursuing one since the State already has restrictions on the number of unregistered vehicles that could be on any single property. The Commission members discussed that the issue was not just junk automobiles and S. Gregg suggested that the Commission needs to hear more public input as to whether an ordinance is warranted. M. Gammal suggested the Commission develop “hot topic items” on meeting agendas to gather public responses, so the Commission would have a better idea what to consider.   These topics could include ordinances for food trucks, special events, and junk. The Commission members all agreed that a junk ordinance should remain on the list of topics for discussion.

 

Food Truck Ordinance

All agreed that this needs to be considered.

 

Discuss Town Administrator

There was discussion on the difference in responsibilities between a Town Administrator and a Town Clerk. S. Gregg had done some research on other Towns’ job descriptions for Town Administrators and their responsibilities. D. Patterson said he saw the benefits of having a Town Administrator. Sandy will send her research to the rest of the Commission members for further discussion.

 

Meeting Minutes

  1. Gregg moved to accept the minutes from April 15, 2020; M. Gammal second. All in favor.

 

 

 

New/Old Business

  1. Zoning Administrator Taylor-Varney has been working on updating old zoning application forms and creating new ones to reflect the recently updated Development Regulations. The PC reviewed a draft copy presented by the ZA of an application for a Waiver From the Setback Requirements in the Shoreland and Village Districts. After some minor changes, the Commission approved the new form.
  2. Gregg questioned whether trapping was allowed on Town property since hunting already is. She expressed concern that hunting is allowed on Town property. B Kerr was not clear on which trails may be within hunting areas and felt it was a safety issue. She felt that the rules and regulations around hunting near or in Town Lands should be reviewed. She felt this subject could be a future meeting topic.

 

Administrator’s Report

  1. The Zoning Administrator has distributed new copies of the 2020 Development Regulations to all Boards (save a couple to Selectboard members).
  2. 3-year terms for Commission members Gregg, B. Kerr, and D. Roy expire at the end of June 2020. All 3 members expressed interest in being re-appointed for another term. The ZA will still need to place an announcement under Town News in the Islander to see if there are any others interested in becoming members of the Planning Commission. The Selectboard will make appointments at their second meeting in June.
  3. The next PC meeting will be on June 3rd and will be held at the Town Office. The meeting will be outside, weather permitting. Due to covid-19, all social distance and mask protocols will be required.

 

7:10PM – S. Gregg moved to adjourn; D. Roy 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.

 

 

April 15, 2020 PC Minutes

April 20, 2020

South Hero Planning Commission Minutes   (via Zoom)                April 15, 2020

 

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

Public Present: M. Taylor-Varney, ZA

 

  1. Gregg opened the meeting at 6:15PM.

 

Changes to the Agenda

  1. Gregg requested to add discussion about warning remote meetings. She attended a meeting via Zoom hosted by NRPC, Open Meeting Law during Covid 19, on 4/19 and referred the Commission members to a Power Point presentation from that meeting. [To view the presentation, you may request it by email from zoning@southherovt.org. ]

 

Public Input

There was none.

 

Discussion on the need for a Junk Ordinance

  1. Patterson and M. Taylor-Varney gave the Commission members some background on various junk issues throughout S. Hero that have produced numerous complaints. Vermont DEC has a salvage yard program through its waste management and prevention division, but the program is frequently overwhelmed due to a minimal staff. The Planning Commission would like to encourage the Selectboard to consider a Junk Ordinance, with support by the public. The Commission has collected several ordinance examples from towns/cities throughout Vermont. S. Gregg volunteered to put together a sample outline to present to the Selectboard. D. Patterson will ask to be on the agenda for the Selectboard’s May 11 meeting.

 

Meeting Minutes

  1. Gregg moved to accept the Feb. 19, 2020 minutes, with corrections; D. Roy second. All in favor.

 

New/Old Business

  1. Village Center Designation Gregg applied to the Vermont Dept. of Housing and Community Development to expand the boundaries of the Village Center Designation to encompass the proposed location for Senior Housing. There will be a virtual meeting on April 27, 2020 at 1PM for the Downtown Board to consider the application, but Sandy reported that the initial feedback was positive.
  2. Food Truck Ordinance – There was discussion about whether an ordinance was needed, and the Commission members agreed that there was a need. Roy asked if it would be only for food trucks or also include general vendors (“Transient Vendor Ordinance”)? How narrow or broad do they want it defined? S. Gregg will send examples from other towns’ ordinances for the Commission members to comment. This will be further discussed at the next PC meeting.
  3. Taylor-Varney gave a shout out to the Commission for the recently approved updated Development Regulations, which became effective on March 31, 2020.
  4. Gammal and B. Kerr will do some research on the possible future need for a Town Manager.

 

Administrators Report

  1. Taylor-Varney is having copies of the updated Development Regulations printed and will deliver them to the Commission members when they arrive at the Town Office. Martha is working from home during the Covid 19 closure of the Town Office but goes into the office one evening a week for research and to collect mail and messages. She can still be reached by the zoning office email address – zoning@southherovt.org.
  2. Martha is working on updated old zoning applications and adding new ones to reflect the requirements from the updated Regulations. These will be presented to the Planning Commission members for comment and approval.
  3. The Commission will schedule no further remote meetings at this time until it is determined that in-person meetings cannot be held for the foreseeable future.

 

Adjournment

  1. Gregg moved to adjourn; D. Patterson 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.

 

February 19, 2020 PC Minutes

February 22, 2020

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES                                       February 19, 2020

 

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

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

 

 

 

6:03 PM – D. Patterson called the meeting to order.

 

Changes to the Agenda

There were none.

 

Public Input

There was none.

 

Discuss Town Meeting Presentation of Proposed Amendments to the Development Regulations

  1. Patterson will present at the February 29th information meeting at Folsom School. The presentation will be an outline of the changes from the current Regulations.   There will be an opportunity for questions, but people will be encouraged to attend the March 9th Selectboard public hearing where there will be more time to answer questions and discuss. S. Gregg asked if copies of the outline could be made available for the public at the meeting. Martha will prepare an outline and send it to the Commission members prior to the meeting.

 

Preparation for March 9th Selectboard Public Hearing

This hearing will only cover the changes made as a result of comments from the January 6th Selectboard hearing. The hearing has been warned and will be included as an agenda item for the Board’s March 9th meeting.

 

Meeting Minutes

  1. Gregg moved to accept the minutes from the Feb. 5, 2020 PC meeting; D. Roy 2nd. All in favor.

 

New/Old Business

  1. Roy suggested that Cindy Blondin of Vermont Community Development attend a Selectboard meeting to discuss with the Board grant options for the Senior Housing. Since it was too late to be included in the agenda for the SB’s Feb. 24th meeting, she will attend that night and speak during the public comment period.
  2. Kerr commented on a report she had heard on the radio about the status of the Legislature’s updates to Act 250. D. Roy sent the Commission members a status report he has received. The bill has cleared the House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife and has moved on to other committees.
  3. The Commission members discussed what might be priorities should the Development Regulations be approved in the near future. Ideas included a food truck ordinance and the possible need for a Town Administrator.
  4. The members discussed whether to remain with the 6PM meeting time or to go back to 7PM after the March time change. There was consensus that they preferred the 6PM start time. The Rules of Procedure will need to be amended to show the new time.

 

Administrator’s Report

  1. There will be no meeting on March 4th, 2020. Two Commission members will not be in town for the scheduled March 18 meeting. The remaining 3 members agreed to on that night.

 

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

 

Respectfully submitted,

Martha Taylor-Varney, ZA

 

 

Signed: ________________________________________ Date: ____________________

For the Planning Commission

 

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