September 5, 2018 PC Minutes

September 6, 2018

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES                           September 5, 2018


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

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


7:00PM – D. Patterson called the meeting to order.


Changes to the Agenda

There were none.


Public Input

None at this time.


Introduction of New Planning Commission Member

Michelle Gammal introduced herself to the Commission members, describing her connection to the community and wish to get more involved.   Michelle will attend the September 10 Selectboard meeting where she will be formally appointed to the Commission to complete an open 3-year term that will expire on June 1, 2019.  At that time, she may request an appointment to a full 3-year term.


Continue Review of Sign Ordinance Draft

Discussion included –

  1. Locations of signs within rights-of-way on State and local roads;
  2. Height of signs;
  3. Sandwich boards – do they need regulating?
  4. The format of the ordinance document;
  5. Political signs – how long before the election can they be out?
  6. Awnings as business signs;
  7. The length of grace periods – 7 years;
  8. Internally-lit signs;
  9. Who enforces? Who has the authority to enforce?


A new draft will be submitted to the Selectboard at their 9/10 meeting.


Review of Minutes

  1. Kerr moved to accept the minutes from August 15, 2018; S. Gregg second. All in favor.


Administrator’s Report

There was discussion on the preparation of the draft for the proposed updated Development Regulations.  NRPC will be available to assist in editing tables and formatting, etc.  Martha will continue editing the body of the document and have some available for the 9/19 PC meeting for final review.  Discussion also included the application for the 2019 Municipal Planning Grant for a feasibility study of the Old White Meeting House, the approval process for the updated Regulations (Town vote of adoption by the Selectboard), and a possible 5th Monday meeting in October.  B. Kerr felt it important to find out what the consensus is from the community on the proposed boundaries of the proposed South Hero Village District by showing options on a map for people to see.  D. Patterson and D. Roy felt the public had already had had many opportunities to weigh in, and that the document needs to be finalized and presented.


8:44PM – 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.



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