TOWN OF WEATHERSFIELD, VERMONT
MINUTES OF PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
Monday, March 13, 2017
Chair Michael Todd called the meeting to order at 7:05pm.
I. Introductions: Nancy Heatley, Julie Schmitz, Paul Tillman, Michael Todd, Hal Wilkins (Land Use Administrator) Julia Lloyd Wright, Energy Coordinator (ex-officio)
Visitors - Jason Rasmussen, Senior Planner (Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission), Brenda Richardson, Charles Johnson, David Fuller
II. Changes to the Agenda
At 7:06pm Julie Schmitz made a motion to go into Executive Session for a discussion on a member of the Commission, seconded by Nancy Heatley. Voted unanimously.
The Board, Land Use Administrator and Board Secretary were present. Executive Session ended at 7:20pm
III. Reorganization of Planning Commission.
Under reorganization Hal Wilkins (Land Use Administrator) called for nominations of Chair.
Nancy Heatley nominated Julie Schmitz who accepted the position of Chair.
IV. Chair Julie Schmitz called for nominations of Vice-Chair.
Michael Todd nominated Paul Tillman who declined
Paul Tillman nominated Nancy Heatley who accepted the position.
V. Nominations for Board Clerk.
Nancy Heatley nominated Paul Tillman who accepted the position
VI. Michael Todd recommended the reappointment of Julia Lloyd Wright as Recording Secretary. Voted: Unanimously.
VII. Designate regular meeting dates, times and location
The Planning Commission will meet the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 7pm at Martin Memorial Hall.
XIV. Public Comment
a. Charles Johnson came before the Commission to discuss a zoning issue concerning property he owns on Goulden Ridge Road. He was told this could be settled in his favor when the new Zoning Bylaws are approved.
Hal Wilkins said that all the land is in current use but Charles Johnson claimed he could have a house and two acres for a homestead. Jason Rasmussen said he would look into it but that Charles Johnson should keep talking to the Land Use Administrator.
b. Brenda Richardson is waiting for the Planning Commission to finish rewriting the Zoning Bylaw for village housing.
XIII. Approval of Meeting Minutes - February 27, 2017
A motion was made by Michael Todd to approve the Minutes of February 27, 2017 with corrections, seconded by Nancy Heatley. Voted: Unanimously.
VIII. Jason Rasmussen (SWCRPC)
Zoning Bylaw Revision Process
The commission reviewed a proposed draft of Village Zoning Standards dated March 7, 2017 drawn up by Jason Rasmussen.
Discussions covered a proposed increase in the size of the Zoning district boundaries for both Perkinsville and Ascutney in order to be consistent with the future land use map. It was also proposed to move the new suggested boundary lines to the property lines. Jason Rasmussen said there could be some flexibility to make more village lots with an average lot size of 1 1/2 acres in Perkinsville.
Jason Rasmussen said he will check to see if both villages could have the same designated sizing for setbacks.
Changes need to be reviewed before setting any allowable land uses in the villages.
David Fuller said the town should be encouraging small businesses and should keep the village aesthetics.
XI. Review/Revise Zoning Bylaws
Following are the next Zoning Bylaws to be discussed and approved:
a. Gasoline/Convenience Stations, b. Outdoor Lighting
c. Signs, d. Home-Based Businesses
XII. Land Use Administrator Notes
Green Mountain Power has proposed a Microgrid project for a solar array with battery backup in Weathersfield. A 45-day Notice Letter of Section 248 Petition will be filed with the Public Service Board on March 20, 2017. Selectboard will hear town concerns on March 20, 2017.
Town Plan comments received from Sel. Kelly Murphy, Town Highway Crew Chief Westley Hazeltine and Ascutney Fire Chief Darrin Spaulding are being updated in the Town Plan.
XV. Set Agenda for next meeting:
A. Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 7pm
John Broker-Campbell will review the VT Flood Plain Div.
B. Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7pm
West Weathersfield Fire Station
Public Meeting on Revisions to Zoning Bylaws
C. Monday, March 27, 2017 at 7pm
Regular Meeting at Martin Hall
Review/Revise Zoning Bylaws -
a. Gasoline/Convenience Stations b. Outdoor Lighting
c. Signs d. Home-Based Businesses
Land Use Administrator Notes
Approval of Minutes of March 13, 16 and March 21, 2017
Set next agenda
A motion was made by Paul Tillman to adjourn at 9:27pm, seconded by Nancy Heatley. Voted