May 5, 2021 PC Agenda

May 3, 2021

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION

Agenda

6PM on May 5, 2021

 

This meeting will be held via Zoom.  Please contact the South Hero Zoning Administrator at zoning@southherovt.org  for a Zoom invitation.

 

AGENDA

 

 

  1. Changes to the Agenda
  2. Public Comment
  3. Discuss proposed amendments to the Development Regulations:
  • Table 2.1 – Accessory Uses (Commercial)
  • Industrial (Village Districts)
  • Accessory Dwellings (Sec. 701)
  1. Small Business Saturday
  2. Meeting Minutes
  3. New/Old Business – Accessory On-Farm Businesses
  4. Administrator’s Report
  5. Adjournment

 

 

April 21, 2021 PC Miinutes

April 28, 2021

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION MINTES                             April 21, 2021

 

Members Attending: Doug Patterson (Chair); Sandy Gregg (Vice-Chair); David Roy

Member Absent: Michele Gammal

Public Attending: Bridget Kerr; Bob Fireovid; Martha Taylor-Varney (ZA)

 

6PM – D. Patterson called the meeting to order.

 

Changes to the Agenda

Add discussion on 2023 Town Plan under Old Business

 

Public Comment

There was none.

 

Public Hearing discussion for amendments to the Development Regulations

  1. Table 2.1 – changes under Commercial Accessory Uses: currently permitted in all zoning districts; recommend change all to conditional use and site plan approval.
  2. The Board discussed whether ‘industry’ needed to be further defined for application within the 2 Village zoning districts. Bridget Kerr wants more definition.  The Board prefers to let the DRB make that judgement, as they already had in 2 previous applications.  The Village Districts portion of Sec, 203 (Zoning District Purposes) allows for “small, low-impact industry” within the South Hero and Keeler Bay Village Zoning Districts.  This discussion will continue at the public hearing.
  3. Accessory Dwellings – the State changed the requirements and definitions of accessory dwellings. Gregg will contact Greta Brunswick at NRPC for the full list of changes.

 

The Commission set June 2, 2021 for the Planning Commission’s public hearing, to be included as an agenda item on that night’s regular PC meeting agenda.

 

Small Business Saturday

There was no additional information at this time.

 

Meeting Minutes

  1. Gregg moved to accept the minutes from April 7, 2021; D. Roy second. All in favor.

 

New/Old Business

Accessory On-Farm Businesses – The Commission members will defer on amendments to the Regulations related to AOFB’s.

2023 Town Plan – The members all agreed that we should apply for a municipal planning grant for this.  Martha will ask Greta for a budget from NRPC.

 

Administrator’s Report

-Grand Isle will be hosting a Zoom seminar on Open Meeting Law rules and procedures on May 13, 2021 at 6PM.

-The next PC meeting will be May 5, 2021 at 6PM.  Meetings will continue on Zoom for the foreseeable future.

 

Adjournment

6:38PM – 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 the next regularly scheduled meeting.  All motions were unanimous unless otherwise indicated.

 

 

 

April 21, 2021 PC Agenda

April 19, 2021

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION

Agenda

6PM on April 21, 2021

 

This meeting will be held via Zoom.  Please contact the South Hero Zoning Administrator at zoning@southherovt.org  for a Zoom invitation.

 

AGENDA

 

 

  1. Changes to the Agenda
  2. Public Comment
  3. Discuss public hearing for:
  • Table 2.1 – Accessory Uses (Commercial)
  • Industrial (Village Districts)
  • Accessory Dwellings (Sec. 701)
  1. Small Business Saturday
  2. Meeting Minutes
  3. New/Old Business – Accessory On-Farm Businesses
  4. Administrator’s Report
  5. Adjournment

 

 

 

April 7, 2021

April 14, 2021

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION                                                       April 7, 2021

(Meeting via Zoom)

 

Members Present: Doug Patterson (Chair); Sandy Gregg (Vice-Chair); David Roy; Michele Gammal

Public Present: Ruth McGowan; Mark Sarrano (AmeriCorps/NRPC); Greta Brunswick (NRPC); Bob Fireovid; Emily Klofft  (NRPC); Bridget Kerr; Martha Taylor-Varney (ZA)

 

6:00 PM – D. Patterson called the meeting to order.

 

Changes to the Agenda

There were none.

 

Public Comment

Bridget Kerr asked how the Commission members defined ‘Industrial’ and how the Development Regulations (Table 2.1 – Allowed Uses) had been changed to allow industrial uses in the South Hero Village District with Conditional Use and Site Plan review.  She felt this was a big change.  The Town website does not have the most recent (3/31/20) final draft of the Regulations posted.  Greta Brunswick explained that all changes must go through the public hearing process – Planning Commission and Selectboard.   The Planning Commission will decide a hearing schedule at upcoming meetings.

 

Discussion with NRPC on the 2023 Town Plan

As part of the Town’s contract with NRPC, there must be 2 consultations with the Town within the (now) 8-year period between Town Plan updates.  Greta Brunswick considered this planning discussion for the 2023 Plan to be the second of those consultations.   She had reviewed the current Town Plan (2015) for strengths, weaknesses, and where the focus needs to be.  She suggested strengthening the sections on economic development, education, housing, accessory dwellings, accessory on-farm businesses, adding an enhanced energy plan, and reformatting the plan to make it shorter and easier to digest.  She also recommended adding Community Health and Community Resilience to the Implementation section by including access to recreation and healthcare, promoting active lifestyles, community connectivity and walkability.  D. Roy suggested considering studies for improved infrastructure and energy sustainability.  Greta asked if the Commission wanted a simple update of the current Town Plan or a more comprehensive update with outside assistance.  NRPC could provide some assistance for a smaller in-house update.  A more comprehensive update would require a municipal planning grant.  D. Patterson asked Greta for a budget from NRPC for both a minor and more comprehensive update.  Greta agreed.

 

 

 

Options for American Recovery Act Funds

Emily Klofft reported that they haven’t received much detail yet about the Recovery Act funds but that the duration of the grant gave applicants a longer period of time than usual – until 2024 – to use any awarded funds.  More guidance should be coming soon.

 

Accessory On-Farm Businesses

Emily Klofft discussed Act 143, which was passed by the Legislature in 2018.  This Act allows municipalities to regulate accessory on-farm businesses (AOFBs) only through site plan review and the use of performance standards.  Pre-existing non-conforming uses can continue.  Emily recommended that the 2023 Town Plan include AOFB language.  NRPC has funding to help Towns implement a model plan.  Is South Hero interested in this assistance?

 

  1. Gregg moved that the South Hero Planning Commission is interested in assistance from NRPC in implementing a model AOFB plan; D. Roy second. All in favor.

 

Accessory Dwellings

Act 179, signed by the Governor on October 12, 2020, makes multiple changes to the State’s zoning laws related to accessory dwellings.  This is an effort to further encourage accessory dwelling units for affordable housing and housing choice.   Accessory Dwellings may now have more than 1 bedroom if there is sufficient wastewater capacity, and may not exceed 30% of the total habitable floor area of the single-family dwelling, or 900 square feet (whichever is greater).  Additional changes include language about restrictions to developing smaller lots, review standards for dwellings consisting of four or fewer units, and the regulation of short-term rentals.  The first 3 changes went into effect upon passage and supersede existing local regulations.  However, these required changes to the Bylaws must still follow amendment procedures, requiring Planning Commission and Selectboard public hearings before the document can reflect the new language [go figure].  D. Patterson asked NRPC to clarify parking requirements for primary and accessory dwelling units.

 

Regulating Private Airfields and Heliports

Greta told the Commission that this is on NRPC’s radar and that simple language may be available soon.  The State will not have any land use regulations related to private airfields and heliports, so the only land use regs will be on the municipal level.

 

Meeting Minutes

  1. Gregg moved to accept the minutes from the March 17 meeting; M. Gammal second. All in favor.

 

 

 

 

New/Old Business

  1. Gregg reported that the ‘pocket parks’ proposed for the Old White Meeting House and the Worthen Library will include community art projects supported by the Folsum School art teachers and local residents. She also told the Commission that the Old White Meeting House committee had applied for a $15 million grant through the Welch Community Project Fund. She invited the public to the next OWMH committee meeting to be held via Zoom at 4PM on April 22nd.

 

Administrator’s Report

The Planning Commission agreed to continue meeting on Zoom on a month-to-month basis.  The next meeting will be April 21, 2021.  M. Gammal will be unable to attend.  D. Patterson will be out of town but thinks he’ll be able to attend.

 

Adjournment

7:55PM – 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.

 

 

 

April 7, 2021 PC Agenda

April 1, 2021

SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION

Agenda

6PM on April 7, 2021

 

This meeting will be held via Zoom.  Please contact the South Hero Zoning Administrator at zoning@southherovt.org  for a Zoom invitation.

 

AGENDA

 

 

  1. Changes to the Agenda
  2. Public Comment
  3. Discussion with NRPC on the 2023 Town Plan
  4. Options for American Recovery Act funds
  5. Accessory On-Farm Businesses
  6. Accessory Dwellings
  7. Regulating private Airfields and Heliports
  8. Meeting Minutes
  9. New/Old Business
  10. Administrator’s Report
  11. Adjournment