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.

 

November 20, 2019 PC Agenda

November 18, 2019

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMISSION

Agenda

November 20, 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) to include Conceptual Site Plan to the proposed Regulations
  4. Meeting Minutes
  5. New/Old Business
  6. Administrator’s Report
  7. Adjournment

 

November 6, 2019 PC Minutes

November 18, 2019

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES                           November 6, 2019

 

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

Member Absent: D. Roy

Public Present: Tim Maxham; Steven Robinson; Jeff Parizo; Bill and Judy Rowe; Pete Bartellow; Denis Gravelin; Todd Kelley; Cynthia Kelley; Howard Demars; Rod Sherman; Guy Maguire; David Hobbs; Mike Gammal; Amanda Holland (NRPC); Karen Bates (DEC – Watershed Management: Basin Planner); Martha Taylor-Varney, ZA

 

7:03 PM – D. Patterson called the meeting to order.

 

Changes to the Agenda

There were none.

 

Public Input

David Hobbs updated the Commission members on the Rec Committee’s progress obtaining easements for trails across the Lavin property from Folsum School to the Worthen Library. The Committee is working on applications for grants to build the system and discussing with VTrans options for crossing RT 2.

 

Public Meeting – Lake Champlain Tactical Basin Study

The South Hero Planning Commission hosted the public meeting presenting the Northern Lake Champlain Tactical Basin Study. Karen Bates, Dept. of Environmental Conservation Basin Planner, presented the study to the public and the Commission.

This particular plan is for developing a plan for South Hero, Grand Isle, and North Hero to protect and/or restore the water quality of this basin. The process includes monitoring/testing water, accessing the results, planning for remediation and protection, public outreach, and implementation. Sectors include agriculture, roads, stormwater, forestry, and rivers. The full study can be found at (copy/paste if link won’t open): http://dec.vermont.gov/sites/dec/files/wsm/public-notices/mapp/mp_TacticalBasinPlan_Basin5_NothernLakeChamplainDirectDrainages_DRAFT.pdf

 

Edits to Form-Base Code in Proposed Regulations

The Commission edited copy to delete figures that appeared to show styles of architecture that would be required. References to ‘historic’ character of the villages were deleted. There was discussion with Jeff Sikora about earlier traffic studies that recommended street designs that would slow traffic and allow for more walkability. Discussion included ‘village’ vs. ‘highway’ design.   There were additional changes to window placement and details. The Commission members chose to delete a drawing that showed how to calculate window coverage and instead include only a formula.

Meeting Minutes

  1. Gammal moved to approve the minutes from October 16, 2019; B. Kerr second. All in favor.

 

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

  • Gammal attended 4 session: solid waste; water quality; river corridors; emerald ash borer.
  • Kerr attended the full-day session on VT Ecology and Environment.   Sessions included climate change, losing forests to fragmentation, Community capital and planning. She suggested including ideas covered when updating the next Town Plan in 2023.

 

The Commission recommended that it become procedure that all meetings conclude by 9PM.

 

Administrator’s Report

  1. Martha attended the VLCT Fall Planning and Zoning Forum on Oct. 23rd.
  2. Local FEMA maps are being updated for the first time since 1978. Martha is completing a FEMA RiskMAP survey, due Dec. 13, to help in the production of new fully digital maps. This is a 5-year process, estimated to be completed in 2024.
  3. NRPC will be hosting a Community Engagement Workshop at Northwest Vermont Medical Center on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6 to 8.

 

9:13PM – S. Gregg moved to adjourn; M. Gammal second. Al 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.