SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION December 16, 2015
Members Present: G. Delano, D. Patterson, D. Roy, S. Gregg, S. O’Flaherty
Public Present: Ann Laughlin, Matt Bartle, Tim Maxham, Martha Taylor-Varney (ZA)
7:00PM – G. Delano called the meeting to order.
Changes to the Agenda
Discussion on the Park and Ride facility was added to the agenda.
17 and 18 Turtle Bay Rd
Matt Bartle consulted the Board about the necessity to upgrade Turtle Bay Rd. if he were to purchase property beyond a point where the road must be upgraded as a condition of an earlier- approved subdivision on the same road. Discussion included easements, road standards, existing lots, current driveways on Turtle Bay Rd., deeds, additional roads, and subdivision decisions and conditions. After additional discussion, the Board noted that the lots in question are pre-existing and, siting Article 4, Section 401.E of the Development Regulations, Turtle Bay Rd will not need to be upgraded where the lots in question access the road.
There was no public input
Municipal Planning Grant
The Planning Commission was notified that the Municipal Planning Grant to update the Development Regulations will be fully funded. S. Gregg will be the Planning Commission representative to the Grant. The next step will be putting out to bid for consultants. There was additional discussion regarding schedules, requisition requests, and formatting options and suggestions for the updated Regulations.
- Gregg moved to accept the minutes from December 2, 2015; D. Roy seconded. All in favor.
-Prompted by an inquiry from the State AOT regarding a proposed new entrance to Keeler Bay Campground and Marina, the Board noted in its decision dated March 6, 2013 that conditions required that all testimony and findings from the previous Site Plan hearing were in effect. A Site Plan dated 2/27/13 had been submitted showing proposed construction of a 30’ access to the campground and marina to be located in front of the existing barn. This entrance has not been constructed and the Board found the applicant, Keeler Bay Associates LLC, in violation of the condition. A letter will be sent to the applicant requiring attendance to an upcoming Planning Commission meeting for further discussion.
-The Board gave approval to allow an overhead electrical line for a home under construction on Cardinal Way due to the unreasonable cost and damage to neighboring properties if a trench is dug for the line. The Board believes that it was in the best interest to go underground in most cases and noted that this decision only applies to electrical lines, and not for Comcast or telephone.
-The Board agreed that in the future, at the discretion of the Board, Major Subdivision hearings may combine preliminary plat and final plat in the same hearing if there is no need for an additional hearing. The Board will make that judgement at the conclusion of the sketch plan hearing.
Applications and Forms
Discussion included suggestions on updating forms to simplify and delete unnecessary information. They requested that the new forms be available on-line as PDFs to be printed out, in addition to being able to fill the forms out on-line.
9:15PM – S. Gregg moved to enter deliberative; D. Patterson 2nd. All in favor.
9:53PM – D. Roy moved to exit deliberative; S. O’Flaherty 2nd. All in favor.
- Gregg moved that the Planning Commission write a letter for the Board Chair to sign explaining minor corrections to the conditions of approval for the Wm Dubuque 2-lot subdivision at 145 South St., dated November 4, 2015, to be recorded in the Town Land Records; D. Patterson 2nd. All in favor.
Park and Ride
There was discussion regarding fencing and gated access to Town property surrounding the Park and Ride facility as related to liability issues. These would be questions for the Selectboard. As part of the approval process, the Town will need Conditional Use and Site Plan approval in addition to Change of Use approval. The same site plan will be acceptable to both the Town and VTRANS. The State will allow both existing accesses to the site to remain, each designated an entrance or exit. Tim Maxham suggested the south drive location for the entrance and the north drive location for the exit. Site distance at the entrance/exit is still an issue. UVM Engineering students will do a walk-through the week of January 25th; when scheduled, Planning Commission members will be invited to attend.
10:12PM – D. Patterson moved to adjourn; S. Gregg 2nd. All in favor.
Approved: _____________________________________ Date: ________________________
For the Planning Commission
These minutes are unofficial until approved at the next regularly-scheduled meeting. All motions were unanimous unless otherwise noted.