CITY OF VERGENNES
DRAFT PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES
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:
#10 delete “including enhancement of the City’s website”
#5 add “that will help manage anticipated growth.”
#6 delete “early”
#8 delete “contribute to efforts to”
#29 change “Country Home Products” to “Meig’s Road”
#43 add “and maintain” after “establish”
#48 delete all text after “system”
Regroup all items by category
Add a goal – “Preserve our natural resources while encouraging thoughtful development”
#7 strike all after first sentence
#11 replace “update” with “utilize” and delete “prepared for the City of Vergennes in November 1998”
#20 delete “walking tours, beautification efforts, summer festivals, theater performances, and other”
#24 delete all after “views”
Section 6.6 – change section to “6.3”
#1 add “and relationships with neighboring municipalities”
#2 combine with #16
#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”
Goals – delete after “manner”
#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.
Peter Garon, Recording Secretary
These are draft minutes and have not been reviewed or approved by the Commission.