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.



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.




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