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Planning Commission Minutes 9-3-2018

CITY OF VERGENNES

PLANNING COMMISSION

MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2018

Members Present: Shannon Haggett-Chair, Mike Winslow-Vice Chair, Danelle Birong,

Cheryl Brinkman, Tim Cook, Christine Garrow, Carrie Macfarlane

Members Absent: John Coburn, Peter Garon, Zoning Administrator

Shannon called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. He asked if there were any proposed amendments to the agenda. No amendments were requested

The minutes to the meeting of August 6, 2018 were reviewed. Carrie noted under “new business” she was also reappointed to the Planning Commission with a term expiring in July, 2020. Cheryl moved to approve the minutes with corrections. The motion was seconded by Christine with all voting in favor.

Carrie reported the Walk-Bike Council of Addison County is coordinating a proposed Municipal Planning Grant Application for a Triangle Bike Loop Master Plan to develop a master plan for a designated bike route connecting Vergennes, Middlebury, Bristol and New Haven. New Haven is acting as lead applicant and the Walk-Bike Council is seeking support from the City of Vergennes as a co-applicant municipality. Cheryl moved the Planning Commission recommend to the City Council that the City of Vergennes consider co-applicant status on the proposed Municipal Planning Grant Application for a Triangle Bike Loop Master Plan. The motion was seconded by Danelle with all voting in favor. Shannon stated he would inform Mayor Perry of this recommendation.

Shannon reported as a result of the group’s postings on Front Porch Forum for the upcoming Public Planning Forum, he heard from a Vergennes resident who raised concerns about accessibility issues with holding the forum at the Vergennes Opera House. After discussing numerous options for accommodation, the group agreed to request VCAM move their vehicle after unloading their equipment to allow for parking near the handicap entrance. Shannon said he would relate this information to the resident.

Christine guided the Planning Commission through the open task list for the public outreach and participation plan for the municipal development re-write effort. After closing all remaining tasks, Danelle stated she would arrive at the venue at 3:00 pm to assist in setting up the room. The public planning forum is scheduled for September 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. and will be held in the Vergennes Opera House.

Next the Planning Commission heard items of interest updates:

  • Transportation items update – Shannon reported VTrans and Stantec Consulting Services will be holding a public hearing as part of the VT 22A Truck Route Study. The forum will be on September 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Vergennes Opera House. He encouraged everyone to attend.
  • Stormwater items update – Mike reported he and Shannon had recently participated in a conference call with Claire Tebbs at the Addison County Regional Planning Commission. During the call it was decided to wait until the 2019 cycle to apply for any Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP) grants.
  • Materials Management items update – Cheryl noted the Addison County Solid Waste Management District is scheduled to hold its annual retreat on September 20, 2018. During the retreat she hopes to address the need for a county-wide recycling drop-off facility and will report back on the results in a future meeting.
  • Energy Planning items update – Cheryl reported she is working with Adam Lougee of the Addison County Regional Planning Commission in regard to developing an enhanced energy plan for the City.

No new business was presented.

The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Shannon Haggett, Chair

Development Review Board Minutes – 08-20-2018

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD

MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2018

Members Present: Brent Rakowski, Vice-Chair, Tim Cook, Jason Farrell, Jason Mullin, Steve Rapoport, alternate – Lowell Bertrand

Members Absent: Don Peabody

Guests: Anna Charlebois, Zhen Ting, Ling Lee, Ian Huizinga

Present: Zoning Administrator Peter Garon

Vice-Chair Brent Rakowski called the regular meeting to order at 7 p.m.

The Board conducted a site visit at 10 Main Street prior to the meeting.

  1. Public Hearing – Lincoln Geronimo, LLC, 33 Green Street, site plan review and conditional use review to change the use of the Community Center at 55 School Street by expanding the existing restaurant. Jason Farrell recused himself and removed himself from the table for this hearing.

Brent Rakowski read the notice of the hearing and swore in Ian Huizinga. The applicant explained that he needed a larger retail section for his current restaurant and was going to use up to 400 square feet of the Community Center. He said there would be no exterior changes to either location. The new retail section would be accessed from the street through the existing entrance. There would be no additional seating in the restaurant.

Applicant had also requested a parking waiver, but the board did not feel that an additional waiver was needed. The new demand for parking would actually be less than the prior demand.

Steve moved to close the hearing and direct the Zoning Administrator to draft an affirmative decision. The motion was seconded by Lowell and approved unanimously.

  1. Public Hearing – Pflaster Investments, LLC (Owner) and Zhen Ting and Ling Lee (Applicant) for site plan review and conditional use review to change the use of the southerly portion of the first floor to a restaurant, construct an addition on the back of the building associated with the proposed restaurant, and other related site improvements at 10 Main Street.

Brent read the notice of the hearing and swore in Anna Charlebois, Zhen Ting, and Ling Lee.

The proposal is for a maximum 36 seat restaurant, with some outdoor seating on the southerly side of the building in season. The applicant submitted a detailed plan dated July 18, 2018 which included cut sheets for lights, and information on a fan. The addition would match the current building. Hours would be a maximum of 8 AM to 9 PM.

There was extensive discussion about vehicle and pedestrian traffic with the board focusing on safety concerns. The applicant made several oral changes to the plan to address the Board’s concerns. The sidewalk was moved to the east against the curb. The parking lot in front of the building will be paved and diagonal parking marked. The north curb cut will be entrance only. The center curb cut will be exit only. The southern curb cut will be for service vehicles only.

The dumpster will be shielded with lattice fence.

Jason Farrell moved to close the public hearing and move to deliberative session. Seconded by Steve and unanimously approved.

  1. Landowner request related to Local Act 250 Review for 99 Panton Road: The original decision on this application made no reference to Local Act 250 Review. The applicant requested that the DRB clarify the status of that review. The Board reviewed prior minutes related to this application as well as individual notes of those meetings. Jason Farrell moved to direct the Zoning Administrator to write a letter to the applicant noting that Local Act 250 Review was warned, considered, and approved. The motion was seconded by Lowell and approved unanimously.
  2. The July 16, 2018 minutes were reviewed and approved with changes noted. Tim moved for approval, seconded by Jason Mullin, and unanimously approved.
  3. Report of the Zoning Administrator. Zoning Administrator, Peter Garon, noted that his schedule was in a state of flux. He intends to be in the office two days a week for 4 hours, and be available for another 4 hour weekly. Specific will be determined shortly.
  4. Other Business: Tim reported on the Planning Commission efforts for a public outreach and participation plan for the municipal development re-write effort. A public planning forum is scheduled for September 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. and will be held in the Vergennes Opera House. Extensive work has gone into encouraging public participation for this meeting.

Brent reported that he continues to meet on regional transportation issues for Vergennes as part of the Regional Planning Commission review.

  1. Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 905.

Respectfully Submitted,

Peter Garon, Acting Recording Secretary