SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES October 20, 2016
[includes Joint Review with ZBA]
Members Present: G. Delano (Co-Chair); D. Patterson (Co-Chair); S. Gregg; D. Roy; R. Henry
[ZBA Members Present: T. Maxham (Chair); J. Fetsch; R. Brown; S. Corbin; K. Goodwin; P. Delano; A. Rabow (Alternate)]
Public Present: George Rice; Ted Ingraham (Apple Island Resort); Martha Taylor-Varney, ZA
7:00PM: T. Maxham opened the joint meeting for both Boards.
Changes to the Agenda
The scheduled 7PM hearing was moved to after the Administrator’s Report.
George Rice stated that he was attending the scheduled hearing because of “tax implications.”
-The upcoming hearing and meeting schedules for both Boards were reviewed.
–Park and Ride: Received the VTrans 1111 permit for the entrance and exit. The Town road crew met with the State for a pre-construction review last week and the paving is currently underway. The Planning Commission condition regarding lights at the facility will need to be reviewed; VEC does not have the kind of light the Board has required in its Conditions of Approval.
–Health Center/Wallys: Update on VTrans application requests for changes in the speed zones, striping, no-passing, and signage.
–Development Regulations Updates: The Planning Commission was asked to review Section 610.2 regarding seasonal conversions. The ZA was asked to contact NRPC for recommendations.
17-08-RT071B Site Plan Review for Zlotoff Tool Museum at 71 US RT 2 – Apple Island Resort (held in conjunction with the ZBA Conditional Use Review)
7:25PM – T. Maxham opened the hearing for both Boards. Introductions were made, the warning was read, and interested persons sworn in. Tim explained the ZBA’s Conditional Use Review would be conducted first, followed by the Planning Commission’s Site Plan Review.
Ted Ingraham (Tool Museum Director) represented the Applicant (Apple Island Resort) for both reviews. The Zlotoff Tool Museum is located on the second (top) floor of the barn located next to the Resort Office. He explained the Museum is open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day and had been open one day a week (Saturdays), but was expanded this year to include the 3-day weekends of Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Columbus Day Weekend. Operating hours are 10AM to 4PM. The Museum has also hosted special events with local school students and once for the Historical Society. These special events are during daytime hours on a day other than Saturday. Average number of museum visitors per day is 9; half of these are estimated to be from the resort itself. Parking for 10 cars is located on the grass at the circular drive below the museum entrance and is marked by a sign. An exposed vent pipe in the parking area will either be marked and blocked off or cut off to prevent a car from hitting it. Mr. Ingraham stated that there have never been more than 1 to 2 cars at a time. A gravel walking path leads up the hill from the parking area to the entrance. Handicap parking is located on the gravel drive adjacent to the entrance. Directional and handicap parking signs can be put up seasonally. There is no nighttime lighting on the path or the museum entrance. There are no events planned after dark.
The site plan provided to the Planning Commission was drawn by the ZA after meeting with the Applicant’s representative at the Museum site. It was not to scale and lacked some ofl the requirements listed in Section 305 of the Development Regulations. D. Patterson stated that the Planning Commission must have a proper site plan to review. D. Roy and S. Gregg agreed.
8:26PM – G. Delano moved that the application is incomplete; the Commission needs a complete application per Section 305. D. Patterson second. All in favor.
8:30PM – S. Gregg moved to recess hearing until November 16, 2016 at 7PM; D. Roy second. All in favor.
8:33PM – S. Gregg moved to adjourn; D. Patterson second. All in favor.
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.