February 17, 2021 PC Minnutes

February 19, 2021

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION                                                       February 17, 2021

 

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

Public Present: Bridget Kerr; Martha Taylor-Varney, ZA

 

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

 

  1. Gregg requested that the Commission members observe a moment of silence in recognition of Sharon Roy and all her years of service to the Town.

 

Changes to the Agenda

There were none.

 

Public Comment

There was none.

 

Review Preparations for 2023 Town Plan

Members suggested asking a representative from NRPC to meet with the Commission on March 17, 2021 for discussion regarding format and possible MPG.  Martha will contact NRPC to confirm.

 

Review of Minutes

  1. Gregg moved to accept the minutes from February 3, 2021; M. Gammal second. All in favor.

 

New/Old Business

  1. Gammal will be meeting in March with Sherry Potvin of Champlain Islands Economic Development and Randy Smith of Buy Vermont Local to discuss ideas for an island-wide Small Business Saturday. The Commission members agreed that the best date will be the Saturday before Thanksgiving [November 20, 2021].

 

Administrator’s Report

  1. Gregg will put a reminder in Front Porch Forum about the requirements of the new Mobile Vendors Ordinance for conditional use and site plan review before the DRB. J. Shaw will talk with Mike Donaghue to see if he would do a follow-up to his earlier article in the Islander.
  2. Martha received information from the Vermont Transportation Board about suggestions that towns include language regulating private helipads and airfields either in their zoning bylaws or via an ordinance. Patterson asked that it be put on the agenda for March 17 to discuss while NRPC is in attendance.  Martha will forward the email to the PC members before that meeting.

 

(over)

Adjournment

6:15PM – D. Roy 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.

January 6, 2021 PC Minutes

January 19, 2021

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION                                           January 6, 2021

 

Members Attended – Doug Patterson (Chair); Sandy Gregg (Vice-Chair); David Roy; Michele Gammal; Jonathan Shaw.

Public Attended – Terry Robinson (South Hero Museum); David Carter; Mary Harwood; Bridget Kerr; Martha Taylor-Varney (ZA)

 

 

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

 

Changes to the Agenda

There were none.

 

Public Comment

There was none.

 

Discuss “Better Places” grant possibility

Old White Meeting House committee member David Carter spoke to the Board about applying for a “Better Places” grant to create a pocket park in the green space on the west side of the Old White Meeting House.  The South Hero Museum has placed a ‘Honeymoon Cottage’ there that had been donated to the Town by Tim Maxham.   The grant is for $5000 to $20,000, depending on the proposal.  NRPC anticipates an award to be closer to $5000 for a pocket park.  The Town would need to be the applicant.  Upgrades could include landscaping and sidewalk, adding a bench, bike racks, and an informational sign about the history of the Cottage and the Old White Meeting House.  Mary Harwood suggested a grant for the Library – perhaps combining the two locations to bookend the village?  The deadline for application is Jan. 22nd and any awarded money must be spent by August 2021.  The grant will need a letter of support from the Selectboard in addition to the Museum and perhaps Local Motion.  If the Library Trustees approve, Mary Harwood will write the grant.  Terry Robinson said the Museum Board supported the idea.  D.Roy suggested an historical marker and a solar-powered lamppost.  He will make up a sketch of proposed ideas to accompany the grant application.

 

  1. Gregg moved that the Planning Commission supports an application for a Better Places grant and recommends that the Selectboard do the same; D. Roy second. All in favor.

 

Discussion for Prep for 2023 Town Plan

Martha Taylor-Varney will send the members the most recent Fairfax Town Plan and S. Gregg will review and compile examples from other communities.  The Plan is due August 2023.

 

 

 

 

Ideas for Small Business Saturday 2021

  1. Gammal asked if the Planning Commission can do something to promote South Hero and Grand Isle County for Small Business Saturday, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Would this be for a Chamber of Commerce to promote, or a Planning Commission/Town responsibility? S. Gregg felt it was something the PC should support.  Michele will look into it further.

 

Meeting Minutes

Jonathan Shaw moved to approve the minutes from Dec. 2, 2020; D. Roy second.  All in favor.

 

New/Old Business

There was discussion about some public pushback of the Mobile Vendors.  However, no petition was presented before the Jan. 2nd deadline and the ordinance will become effective on Jan. 22, 2021.   The ZA has already been contacted by potential applicants for further information about scheduling hearings before the DRB.

 

Administrator’s Report

  1. The DRB will be advertising for a new Alternate member.
  2. Martha will be attending a virtual Stormwater Program lecture on Jan. 7th.
  3. There will be a 2-part virtual seminar on Jan 26 and 28 for Enabling Better Places. Martha will be attending.  Roy and S. Gregg asked for further information and registration contact.
  4. The next meeting will be on Jan 20, 2021, via Zoom.

 

Adjournment

6:44PM – 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 the next regularly scheduled meeting.  All motions were unanimous unless otherwise indicated.

 

Dec. 2, 2020 Planning Commission minutes

December 3, 2020

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES                           December 2, 2020

Meeting held via Zoom

 

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

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

 

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

 

Changes to the Agenda

There were none.

 

Public Comment

There were none.

 

Finalize updated copy for Sec. 701 – Accessory Dwellings, to meet new State requirements

There was discussion regarding the size limits of accessory dwellings when the primary dwelling is quite large, but the Commission members decided to approve the 30% limit because that is what the State has approved.  The Commission also added the word “current” to subdivision regulations in 701.B.1.d.  S. Gregg moved to accept the edits, as presented; J. Shaw second.  All in favor.

 

Meeting Minutes

  1. Gregg moved to accept the minutes for November 18, 2020; M. Gammal second. All in favor.

 

Old Business

  1. Gregg asked what the Selectboard’s decision had been on the formation of a South Hero Conservation Commission. J. Shaw reported that Bob Fireovid had presented to the Board but the Selectboard did not move to approve.
  2. The Mobile Vendors Ordinance was approved by the Selectboard on November 23, 2020. The Ordinance notice appeared in the Dec. 2 issue of the Islander and has been posted in five locations throughout town, as required by Statute.  Unless a petition of at least 5% of registered voters in South Hero asking for a public vote is received by January 2, 2021, the ordinance will become effective on January 22, 2021.
  3. Gammal will write a short article to appear in the Islander and Front Porch Forum about the new ordinance’s requirements for site plan review for landowners and licensing for vendors. It is hoped that the reviews can be completed before the next summer season.

 

 

Administrator’s Report

  1. There will be no 3rd-Wednesday Planning Commission meeting on Dec. 16th. The next PC meeting will be January 6, 2021.

 

Adjournment

6:20PM – 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.

 

 

Nov. 18, 2020 PC Minutes

November 19, 2020

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION                                           November 18, 2020

(Meeting Held Via Zoom)

 

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

Public Present: Martha Taylor-Varney, ZA

 

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

 

Changes to the Agenda

There were none.

 

Review Update Copy of Sec. 701 – Accessory Dwellings

The Commission members reviewed comments and recommendation from the Selectboard’s 11/9 meeting and made edits to the copy.  D. Roy moved to accept the changes and to recommend approval by the Selectboard; S. Gregg second.  All in favor.

 

Finalize Mobile Vendors’ Ordinance

The Commission made minor edits to the ordinance draft based on the Selectboard’s comments from their 11/9 meeting.  J. Shaw moved to send the revised ordinance to the Selectboard for their approval; D. Roy second.  All in favor.

 

Review of Minutes

  1. Gregg moved to accept the minutes of the October 21, 2020; M. Gammal second. All in favor.

 

New Business

  1. Taylor-Varney asked the Commission if the Town should consider a fireworks ordinance or bylaw, or to require a permit. J. Shaw said that it was his understanding that personal use of fireworks is not permitted by the State and that only organizations with ATF permits can have them. This may need to be researched more to confirm the State’s regulations.  The ZA receives numerous complaints about fireworks each summer.

 

Administrator’s Report

  1. Martha has attempted to contact VTrans to invite a representative to attend a joint Zoom meeting with the Planning Commission, DRB, and Selectboard to discuss parking along RT 2. So far, there has been no response.
  2. The December 16 meeting has been cancelled. The Commission will only meet at their Dec. 2nd meeting next month.  The meeting will be held via Zoom.

 

 

Adjournment

6:35 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.

 

October 7, 2020 PC Minutes

October 19, 2020

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES                           October 7, 2020

 

Members Present: Dour Patterson, Sandy Gregg, David Roy, Michele Gammal, Jonathan Shaw

Public Present: Tim Maxham, Beth Curtis, Jim Bond, Molly Varner (Grand Isle County Natural Resource Conservation District) via telephone, and Martha Taylor-Varney (ZA)

 

 

 

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

 

Changes to the Agenda

There were none.

 

Public Comment

  1. Jim Bond, 7 Martin Rd., will be selling his property, consisting of a circa 1860 home and outbuildings, and discussed with the Commission ideas for its possible future community use by the Town. Ideas included additional parking for cars with bikes to help alleviate the parking issues on Martin Rd. at the entrance of the Allen Point access road.  He proposed a recreation easement for bikes from the access road directly to a parking area on his lot that could help to alleviate congestion down the first ¼ mile from the Martin Rd. entrance.  This easement would cross some other properties and Mr. Bond offered to talk with those landowners to gauge interest.  Other possibilities for the property include use of the barn as a Town museum, for use by Granny’s Attic, conversion to a hostel for use by visitors, or as a B&B. He has contacted Local Motion and Vermont Fish and Wildlife to present his ideas to their Boards.  The Commission will continue the discussion at their next meeting.
  2. Molly Varner, Project Manager for the Grand Isle County Natural Resource Conservation District, called into the meeting to discuss grant opportunities to address water quality in the lake. Keeler Bay had been highlighted in the 2020 Tactical Basin Study, increasing the chances of being awarded grants.  Grants could include a water analysis for Keeler Bay or a stormwater masterplan.   Gregg suggested a study on private or commercial wastewater systems, including lakefront camps.  Molly will explore what grants may fit and see if there is interest and follow up with Sandy.

 

Mobile Vendors Ordinance

Edits and changes had been made per discussion from the previous meeting.  Approval will require a conditional use and site plan review by the DRB (as an Accessory Use) for the location and an annual license for the vendor.  An application form for the vendor will be needed.  Enforcement will be revocation of the license.  There will be no fees as penalties.

 

 

 

 

Review Draft Zoning Forms

The Commission members reviewed draft zoning application forms for Preliminary Site Plan review, Major Subdivision Sketch Plan review, and Conditional Use and Final Site Plan review.  After minor edits the Commission approved the drafts to be presented to the Selectboard for their approval.

 

Meeting Minutes

  1. Gregg moved to approve the minutes from the September 16, 2020 meeting; J. Shaw second. All present on 9/16/20 approve. D. Roy did not attend.

 

Administrator’s Report

  1. The Commission meetings will continue to be held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 6PM.
  2. The November meeting schedule will not be affected by any holidays.

 

Adjournment

  1. 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.