TOWN OF SOUTH HERO
August 5, 2015 Meeting Minutes
Planning Commission Members Present: George (Terry) Delano, Doug Patterson, Sandra O’Flaherty and Sandy Gregg
Planning Commission Members Absent: David Roy
Staff Present: Mitchel Cypes
Others present from the sign in sheet: Kim Kinney, Jay Buermann
7:00PM: Call to order for the Planning Commission by Doug Patterson.
7:00PM Additions or Deletions to the Agenda were solicited. None were requested. Propose switching agenda items 6 and 7.
7:00PM: ES056-15-05PC, Kim Kinney, Final Subdivision Application to create 6 new lot with remaining land at 56 East Shore Road. Doug Patterson read the hearing notice. Kim Kinney and Jay Buermann were sworn in and given the other. The Applicants agreed to update the final subdivision plat by doing the following:
- Either showing the power line easement or placing a note explaining the power line easement.
- Place the setback distance between the existing barn and the nearest proposed property line.
- Add the missing abutter name.
There was no Public present to comment.
7:08PM: A motion to accept the application as complete was made by Terry Delano, seconded by Sandra O’Flaherty and approved unanimously.
7:08PM: A motion to close the hearing for deliberative session was made by Terry Delano, seconded by Sandy Gregg and approved unanimously.
7:13PM: Public Input: There was no Public present.
7:26PM: A motion was made to approve the Minutes for July 15, 2015 with corrections by Sandy Gregg, seconded by Sandra O’Flaherty and approved unanimously.
7:27PM: Town Plan Update included the upcoming Selectboard meeting to review the update, that there were no new comments received for the update, that a copy of the current proposed Town Plan update has been provided to Regional Planning, that the Chair of the Selectboard is required to notify Regional Planning of the Selectboard’s approval and that Northwest Regional Planning Commission will only be able to accept the update at its next regular meeting. Unfortunately, the next meeting is the same day as the MPG deadline, September 30th. NRPC has informed the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development, who approves the MPGs that South Hero and a few other Towns have pending Town Plan updates. According to the NRPC, the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development has agreed to accept MPG applications from Towns with pending Town Plan updates.
7:31PM: Municipal Planning Grant: Staff stated that NRPC is happy that the Town is planning to apply for an MPG. Possible grant options previously discussed include, a feasibility study and plan development for sidewalks in Keeler Bay Village, a feasibility study and plan development for capital improvements to the Town office, updating the development regulations to conform to the updated Town Plan and researching form based building codes per the goa; in the updated Town Plan. The Commission requested that Staff obtain copies of last years approved MPG applications.
8:05PM: Proposed Sign Ordinance: Several Sign Ordinances from other Towns were reviewed and discussed.
8:17PM: Administrative Officer’s Report included the upcoming schedule, review of mail, discussion of the 5th Monday in August, utility work in Public right-of-ways, a case of adjudication that supersedes abandonment regulations and a Pest Pro legal update.
8:39PM: Staff Renomination: Staff described work he was hired to do, challenges that occurred, work done beyond job description and goals for the next term. The Commission requested a copy of the job description for the Zoning Administrator and Assistant to the Selectboard position.
9:21PM: Deliberation: Terry Delano volunteered to write up the Kinney decision.
9:22PM: A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Terry Delano, seconded by Sandra O’Flaherty and approved unanimously.
Respectfully submitted by Mitchel Cypes, Administrative Officer.