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Planning Commission Draft Minutes Public Hearing, January 6, 2020

CITY OF VERGENNES

DRAFT PLANNNG COMMISSION MINUTES

PUBLIC HEARING – AMENDMENT TO THE MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN

JANUARY 6, 2020

Members Present: Shannon Haggett-Chair, Mike Winslow-Vice Chair, Danelle Birong, Carrie Macfarlane, Tim Cook, John Coburn, Cheryl Brinkman

 

Present: Peter Garon – Zoning Administrator, Brent F. Rakowski – Chair of the Development Review Board, Scott Hardy

The meeting was called to order by Chair Shannon Haggett at 7:00 pm. He read the posted warning.

Brent Rakowski noted that changes in the plan seemed helpful in permitting more extensive development in certain areas. He felt there should have been more mention of the City pool.

Scott Hardy also applauded the increase in density as it helped a lot in reducing the cost of development. He spoke about the possibility of multi-family dwellings adding 100 to 140 housing units.

In response to a question from Scott Hardy, Chair Shannon Haggett discussed the approval process and timing. The process next includes two public hearings by the City Council to take place after the Planning Commission submits the plan to them. After adoption of the municipal plan, the Planning Commission will review and propose amendments to the Zoning and Subdivision Regulations. The amendments to the regulations will also go through a public process of at least one public hearing at the Planning Commission level and at least two public hearings at the City Council level. The full amendment and adoption process is expected to be completed near the end of 2020.

No further testimony was submitted.

The public hearing was closed at 7:15 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Peter Garon, Recording Secretary

These are draft minutes and have not been reviewed or approved by the Planning Commission.

 

Draft Planning Commission Minutes, January 6, 2020

CITY OF VERGENNES

DRAFT PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2020

Members Present: Shannon Haggett-Chair, Mike Winslow-Vice Chair, Danelle Birong, Carrie Macfarlane, Tim Cook, John Coburn, Cheryl Brinkman

 

Present: Peter Garon – Zoning Administrator

Chair Shannon Haggett called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m., after the public hearing was closed. There were no amendments to the agenda proposed.

Upon motion by Cheryl Brinkman, seconded by Mike Winslow, and approved by all, the minutes of the regular meeting of December 2, 2019 were approved as written.

Discussion of the Municipal Development Plan Amendments after the public hearing.

The timeframe of the plan will be changed from “2019 – 2027” to “2020 – 2028”.

The list of appendices will be included by name in the table of contents to allow easier identification. It will also be noted that the appendices are available at www.vergennes.org

Tim Cook noted the Land Use Map didn’t include proposed changes for the RLB. Shannon Haggett responded he would contact Kevin Behm at Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) about the omission.

Carrie Macfarlane noted in Section 1.4, paragraph one, line two “five years” should be changed to “eight years”.

The discussion then focused on edits to the listed Policies and Recommended Actions added in December:

Section 2.1.5:

#2 delete

Section 2.4:

#4 delete

#10 delete “including enhancement of the City’s website”

Section 3.2:

#5 add “that will help manage anticipated growth.”

#6 delete “early”

#7 delete

#8 delete “contribute to efforts to”

#10 delete

#13 delete

#14 delete

#15 delete

#19 delete

#29 change “Country Home Products” to “Meig’s Road”

#43 add “and maintain” after “establish”

#44 delete

#46 delete

#47 delete

#48 delete all text after “system”

#55 delete

Regroup all items by category

Section 5.3

Add a goal – “Preserve our natural resources while encouraging thoughtful development”

Section 5.4

#4 delete

#6 delete

#7 strike all after first sentence

#8 delete

#11 replace “update” with “utilize” and delete “prepared for the City of Vergennes in November 1998”

#12 delete

#15 delete

#16 delete

#17 delete

#18 delete

#20 delete “walking tours, beautification efforts, summer festivals, theater performances, and other”

#21 delete

#24 delete all after “views”

Section 6.6 – change section to “6.3”

#1 add “and relationships with neighboring municipalities”

#2 combine with #16

#6 delete

#8 delete first sentence

#11 add #4, 12, 13, 14 as bullets (delete #4, 12, 13, 14 as separate items)

#20 delete “actively” and “in a timely manner”

Section 7.3

Goals – delete after “manner”

Section 7.4

#2 delete “in the NDR to emulate the HND”; add at the end “expand housing opportunities”

Replace all abbreviations with full district names.

#5, add “Vergennes” before “Economic Corridor”

Enhanced Energy Plan – Cheryl Brinkman advised that she and Shannon Haggett had spoken about non-substantive formatting changes in the plan that he will make before submitting to the City Council.

Upon motion by Mike Winslow, seconded by John Coburn, and approved by all, the plan was approved and Shannon Haggett was to make the changes noted plus any other relevant non-substantive changes prior to submitting the documents to the City Council for their adoption process.

Areas of interest updates:

Transportation – Shannon Haggett noted that he had shared with the Commission a letter he had written on behalf of the Commission in support of the Safe Routes to Parks Grant application that Carrie Macfarlane had spearheaded. He also informed the Commission that Downtown Transportation Grant applications were due in early March, 2020 and if anyone had ideas for a project to contact Mike Winslow.

Stormwater – No update.

Energy Planning – Cheryl Brinkman noted the ACRPC Energy Committee would hold a public hearing to review the enhanced energy plan once adopted by the City Council. They will then recommend or not recommend the enhanced energy plan be approved by the full ACRPC. Shannon Haggett added the ACRPC Local Government Committee will conduct a similar review of the municipal development plan.

No new business was proposed.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Peter Garon, Recording Secretary

These are draft minutes and have not been reviewed or approved by the Commission.