July 2, 2014 PC meeting minutes

July 9, 2014


 Planning Commission

July 2, 2014 Meeting Minutes


Planning Commission Members Present: George (Terry) Delano, Doug Patterson, Sandra O’Flaherty, Sandy Gregg and David Roy

Planning Commission Members Absent:

Staff Present: Mitchel Cypes

Others Present: Timothy Maxham


7:03PM: Call to order for the Planning Commission by Staff.

7:03PM: A motion to nominate George (Terry) Delano and Doug Patterson to be co-chairs of the Planning Commission was made by Sandy Gregg, seconded by Sandra O’Flaherty and approved unanimously.

7:05PM: A motion to nominate David Roy to be the clerk of the Planning Commission was made by Sandy Gregg, seconded by Sandra O’Flaherty and approved unanimously.

7:06PM The meeting was turned over to the new co-chairs

7:07PM The June 4, 2014 minutes were reviewed.

7:10PM: A motion to approve the Minutes for June 4, 2014 was made by Sandra O’Flaherty, seconded by Sandy Gregg and approved unanimously with corrections.

7:10PM: The Administrative Officer’s Report included a discussion on when to have Public input at hearings, requirements of the new open meeting law, upcoming hearing scheduling and a clarification on flood walls per Section 902B within the Lake Champlain 75-foot setback.

7:49PM:Tim Maxham discussed with the planning commission combined procedures for combined hearings with the Zoning Board of Adjustment and hearing party status. There was also a discussion regarding the update of the zoning regulations to in regard to the current interim zoning. The Planning Commission stated that they intend to update the zoning regulations that will incorporate the work performed by the South Hero Interim Zoning Advisory Committee (SHIZAC) and the Village Center designations after the Town Plan is updated. The Planning Commission decided they would approach the Selectboard for the method, either Selectboard vote or Town meeting, for approval of a new Town Plan.

8:01PM: The Planning Commission had a discussion on the effects of the new shorelands bill, Act 172, on the Town regulations.

8:15PM: The Commission reviewed and edited the Town Plan. Sandra will set up a Google Docs G-mail to allow the Commission to group edit the Town Plan draft. Terry will review subchapter 5 or Title 24, chapter 117, to see what needs to be in a Town Plan and what can be eliminated. Staff will update the data, update the parts of the Town Plan based upon data and coordinate the updating of the Town maps. Sandy will add sections to the Town Plan pertaining to the Village Center designation and SHIZAC. Doug will coordinate with the Selectboard on the Town Plan updating procedure.

9:15PM: A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Sandy Gregg, seconded by David Roy and approved unanimously.

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