SOUTH HERO PLANNING COMMISSION DRAFT MINUTES May 18, 2016
Public Forum on Zoning within South Hero Village
And Keeler Bay Village Districts
Members Present: Terry Delano, Sandra O’Flaherty, David Roy
Public Present: Taylor Newton and Greta Brunswick (NRPC); Paula Delano; Jay Buerrman; Ronald Phelps; Bob Buermann; Bob Willis; Jeff Sikora; Dave Hobbs; Gwen Hobbs; Carol Tremble; Nate Hayward; Ken Kowalewitz; Ross Brown; Martha Taylor-Varney, ZA.
7:00 PM – T. Delano called the meeting to order.
Changes to the Agenda
There were no changes to the agenda.
- Roy moved to accept the minutes from May 4, 2016, with corrections; S. O’Flaherty second. All in favor.
- Delano explained that as a result of the Town Plan update and the current updates to the Development Regulations, the Planning Commission is considering a new zoning district for the two villages (South Hero and Keeler Bay) and is looking for help and recommendations from the public in making these decisions. He introduced Taylor Newton and Greta Brunswick of NRPC to the attendees. Discussion points included:
- ‘Form-based code,’ defined as vision-based; that it may eliminate some of the current review process for development; the limitations; and how it relates to the public right-of-way.
- How the Village Center Vision is refined (*based on Village Designation centers): included a site walk in both villages with the Planning Commission in February to consider whether to maintain, evolve, or transform design/style/size/etc. of individual example structures; identified focal points, density, land use, building footprint size, and orientation to the public ROW in both villages, as compared to the districts outside the villages.
- What do you want your village to be in 20 – 50 years?
- The need to maintain mixed-use districts.
- Suggestions that the boundaries of both villages be extended.
Greta explained that they want to know what people want so the regulations will adapt to that. We may be able to incorporate form-based standards, to consider form, but not to go full form-based code. She wants to find a balance to meet the vision of the Town Plan. As ‘Form’ would meet Conditional Use standards, the only review required would be Site Plan.
Public comment included how to keep people on the Island and allow limited development among the residential areas, with the need to protect home-based businesses and preserve neighborhoods; to encourage the use of the villages for commercial use, but where to draw the line?; restrictions because of the State’s designation of Village centers; the desire for a less restrictive area; a change in zoning districts which may encourage the State to enlarge the Designated Village area. Additional discussion included the State’s restrictions on including form-base only for commercial use and not for residential development.
This introduction was followed by a ‘vision activity’ where participants considered several photographs of buildings, asking for preferences to maintain (limited change), evolve (some change), or transform (a lot of change) the design/size/appearance of the structures to meet a vision of the villages. Following this was an interactive ‘visual preference survey’ asking for impressions and comments regarding building size, building scale, setback, parking, etc. NRPC will use the information from these surveys and activities to begin developing standards for the proposed village districts, and will present them to the Planning Commission at a June 9 Special Meeting at 7PM.
There was no public input.
- The ZA reported that the Selectboard agreed to waive the full application fee for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta’s revision application to their site plan, asking only for the fees required for publication of the warning and the recording fee.
- Update on Keeler Bay Campground and Marina – the Commission agreed to amend Condition #4a of their March 2, 2016 decision to delete the requirement that VTrans provide a written certification of the completion of the entrance upgrade on US Rt 2, due to an unforeseen issue involving a flagpole located in the State ROW that is unrelated to the completion of the entrance.
- Planning Commission continues to look to fill a seat that will be open at the end of June.
- Scheduled July 15 for a joint hearing with the ZBA for Conditional Use and Site Plan approval for Island Physical Therapy. The meeting will begin at 7PM.
9:30PM – S. O’Flaherty moved to adjourn; G. Delano second. All in favor.
Martha Taylor-Varney, Zoning Administrator
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.