CITY OF VERGENNES
DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017
Members Present: Peter Garon, Chair, Brent Rakowski, Vice-chair, Jason Farrell, Secretary,
Tim Cook, Jason Mullin, Don Peabody, Steve Rapoport
Members Absent: None
Meeting Guests: Scott Hardy, Shawn Therrien, Susan Therrien, Christopher Therrien, Andrew Kachmar, Christopher Lapierre
Present: Zoning Administrator Mel Hawley
Chair Peter Garon called the regular meeting to order at 7 p.m.
Prior to commencing the business of the meeting, Zoning Administrator Hawley introduced Christopher Therrien and Andrew Kachmar and advised the Board that they were in attendance associated with their effort to obtain a service badge from the Boy Scotts.
- Public Hearing – Scott Hardy, Comfort Hill, 4-Lot Subdivision
Peter Garon read the public hearing notice. Development Review Board member Brent Rakowski announced his employer, Otter Creek Engineering, has been retained by Scott Hardy for professional services associated with this proposed development and therefore recused himself from this matter and, in accordance with the rules of procedure, removed himself from the table. Chair Garon then swore in the applicant, Scott Hardy, Brent Rakowski, and adjacent property owners, Shawn Therrien and Susan Therrien. A revised subdivision plat prepared by LaRose Surveys, P.C. and the access drive design prepared by Otter Creek Engineering were available. The plans for the access road showed a 16’-wide shared driveway with a turn-around. Scott also submitted a draft Shared Utility Agreement relative to the shared facilities including the sewer manhole, collection tank, submersed pump station and shared sewer line. He also submitted a draft Declaration of Covenants covering the shared driveway, sewer system, and shared stewardship and maintenance of the walking trail. Scott said the plans had been reviewed by the fire department and found to be acceptable relative to access in the event of a fire or emergency. Scott said a representative of the rescue squad had not formally reviewed the plans but informed him that, as a rule, if the fire department determines there is adequate access, they conclude the same. Scott confirmed the shared driveway would be paved and Brent Rakowski confirmed that it would be constructed using Standard V-1. Shawn Therrien asked about access to Lot 4 and was advised that no development of Lot 4 is contemplated at this time; only Lots 1-3 as depicted on the plans. He also asked if there had been a traffic study for the intersection of the private access with Comfort Hill. Scott said that a formal traffic study had not been done and felt it was not warranted given the adequate visibility. The existence of a streetlight could not be confirmed. Scott said that he is not proposing to build a sidewalk along the road but noted that a path, five feet wide, would be constructed through the reserved parcel to Comfort Hill. Zoning Administrator Hawley said the City Attorney should review the agreement and covenants. Jason Farrell moved to continue the public hearing on December 4, 2017. The motion was seconded by Don Peabody with all voting in favor.
2. Scott Hardy, 184/186 Green Street, Modification of Subdivision
Scott Hardy submitted a proposed modification of the two-lot subdivision recently approved by the Development Review Board. The proposal subdivision would still have two developable lots but there would be a third parcel in the rear (Lot C) which could be transferred with Lot A or Lot B or to an abutting property owner. Zoning Administrator Hawley said this concept was very similar to that involving the property at the corner of Green Street and Victory Street owned by Joseph and Alice Samaritoni. Jason Farrell moved that a public hearing be held on December 4, 2017. The motion was seconded by Jason Mullin with all voting in favor.
3. James Amblo, 89 South Water Street, Subdivision Sketch Plan Review
Zoning Administrator Hawley reported that James Amblo did not submit a recordable subdivision plat within the timeframe required by the regulations and, therefore, the decision is null and void. A new application has been submitted and a subdivision plat prepared by a license surveyor was provided. Peter Garon disclosed that his property on South Maple Street has a common rear yard corner but feels he has no conflict of interest in the application. Tim Cook moved that a public hearing be held on December 4, 2017. The motion was seconded by Brent Rakowski with all voting in favor.
4. Christopher Lapierre, 110 Macdonough Drive, Accessory Structure (see Section 1501.A.6)
Christopher Lapierre submitted an application involving a proposed accessory structure. The building would consist of a three-bay garage with a workshop on the second floor. Zoning Administrator Hawley reported that normally the Development Review Board is not involved with accessory structures associated with a one-family dwelling but, because the proposed structure would be entirely in front of the residence, Board approval is required. Don Peabody moved that a public hearing be held on December 4, 2017. The motion was seconded by Jason Farrell with all voting in favor.
5. Pending Decision – L.F. Benton Company, 300 Main Street, Changes Portion of Top Floor to Place of Worship, Site Plan Review (see Section 311)
As directed, Zoning Administrator Hawley drafted an affirmative decision approving the application by L.F. Benton Company. A review of the draft decision resulted in some changes. Don Peabody moved to authorize Peter Garon to sign the decision in its final form on behalf of the Development Review Board. The motion was seconded by Brent Rakowski with all voting in favor except Jason Mullin and Tim Cook not voting since they were not eligible to vote on the pending decision having not attended the associated public hearing held on October 2, 2017 and did not regain their right to vote by listening to the audio recording.
6. Review and accept minutes of previous meeting
The minutes to the regular meeting of October 2, 2017 were reviewed. Steve Rapoport moved to approve the minutes as corrected. The motion was seconded by Jason Mullin with all voting in favor.
7. Organization Meeting
Election of Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary
In accordance with the rules of procedure, The Board held its annually organization meeting to formally elect officer for the ensuing year. Don Peabody moved to re-elect Peter Garon as Chair, Brent Rakowski as Vice-chair, and Jason Farrell as Secretary. The motion was seconded by Steve Rapoport with all voting in favor.
8. Report of Zoning Administrator – none
9. Other Business – none
The meeting adjourned at 9:40 p.m.
Acting Recording Secretary