February 5, 2020 PC Minutes

February 10, 2020

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES                           February 5, 2020


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

Public Present: Tim Maxham; Mark Naud; Anne Zolotas; 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.


Proposed Amendments to Development Regulations – Edit Marina content (Sec 706); additional sections as time permits.

There was discussion about defining a primary/principal structure. The Board agree that the terms are used interchangeably. The definition in Article 10 (General Definitions) will remain Structure, Principal and be defined as a structure within which the primary use of the lot is conducted.   This can be residential, commercial, or a lot that contains only what could otherwise be an accessory structure to a residential or commercial use.

The definition of Accessory Dwelling in Sec. 701 needs further clarification. M. Gammal will work on that and present to the Commission members at the next meeting.

Discussion on Marinas (Sec. 706) included questions about the number of parking spaces required. The Commission members agreed to require .5 parking spaces per boat slip or mooring. Language under ‘Applicability’ was clarified and, after some discussion, it was decided to maintain the 200-ft. minimum lake frontage requirement for marinas.

  1. Roy explained that Cathedral Square was concerned that grant-funding opportunities for the proposed Senior Housing would not be available unless the proposed Village Districts are approved soon. He said that Cindy Reid of Cathedral Square had offered to attend a Selectboard meeting to explain the process to the Board. The Commission agreed that there should be another Selectboard Public Hearing once the latest edits are completed so there is no question about whether there have been ‘substantial changes.’ S. Gregg moved to recommend that the Selectboard schedule a Public Hearing to be held during the March 9th Selectboard meeting; M. Gammal second. All in favor.


Meeting Minutes

  1. Gregg moved to accept the minutes from the Jan 15, 2020 PC meeting; B. Kerr second. All in favor.



New/Old Business – Discuss potential EVSE Locations in S. Hero

  1. Gregg told the Commission that the State is currently asking for bids for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment charging stations and said that South Hero is considered a priority location. EVSE asked for recommendations for one 2-space and one single-space location in South Hero. S. Gregg moved to recommend a 2-space location at the library and a single space at the Town Office; B. Kerr second. All voted in favor.


Administrator’s Report

  1. Martha reminded the Commission members that Taylor Newton willl be leaving Northwest Regional Planning Commission on Feb. 11th for the Chittenden County Planning Commission.
  2. The next meeting will be February 19, 2020 at 6PM at the Town Office.


8:45PM – S. Gregg moved to adjourn; M. Gammal second. All voted 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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