ZA’s Report to SB – 1/13/20

January 20, 2020

Administrative Officer’s Report to Selectboard                                Jan. 13, 2020


Discussion Items:

  1. Sherry Corbin and Bob Krebs have resigned from the Development Review Board. I am asking the Selectboard to appoint current Alternate and DRB Clerk James Brightwell to finish Sherry’s 3-year term, due to expire on Dec. 31, 2020, and to appoint Mike Welsh to a 1-year term as Alternate. In addition, I am also asking the Selectboard to appoint Sue Arguin to fill the remaining Alternate member 1-year term. This will fill all available openings on the DRB — 7 full-time and 2 Alternate members.
  2. Jim Brightwell has accepted the Selectboard’s appointment to the open position on NRPC’s Clean Water Advisory Board.
  3. Need Selectboard to sign letter to VT Community Development Program committing staff (my) time as a contribution to General Administration activities for the VCDP Planning Grant.
  4. Cathedral Square contacted me to say that one of the requirements for the Planning Grant, re: the proposed Senior Housing, is attendance at a Fair Housing Training by either myself or a member of the Selectboard. The next training will be held in Spring 2020 (date TBA). The training is generally held in Montpelier. Cathedral Square has also asked me to provide to them a copy of the Town’s insurance certificate/liability insurance and a copy of the Town’s Financial Management Policy (would that be Section 1?)
  5. Cathedral Square informed me that the proposed wastewater site for the Senior Housing has more capacity than is needed for that project and suggested the Town consider whether it may be utilized as a community wastewater system. The Agency of Natural Resources has a number of different funding opportunities for village community wastewater and is inviting interested Selectboards or Planning Commission to attend a meeting with ANR Wastewater Investment Division and USDA Rural Development on Jan 21st at 2:30 PM. Any interest?


-Planning Commission:

The Planning Commission will be meeting on Jan 15th to edit the Development Regulations draft in response to comments from the January 6th Selectboard public hearing. The edited document will be posted on the Town website.


-Development Review Board: The Board has no hearings scheduled for Jan 22nd but will have a short business meeting and hold 2 deliberatives that night from hearings on the 8th. The continuation of the RL Vallee Site Plan and Conditional Use review for a Maplefield’s behind McKee’s is still on the schedule for Feb. 26th. My understanding is that Cota’s has a buyer and the new owners will be buying their gas from Vallee. Once the sale closes, I will contact Vallee’s attorney to see if they intend to continue the conditional use and site plan review begun on August 28, 2019.

– Recent decisions can be found posted on the Board outside the ZA’s office.

Respectfully submitted,

Martha Taylor Varney, ZA and Selectboard Assistant


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