Development Review Board Minutes 01-09-2017

CITY OF VERGENNES

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD

MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2017

Members Present: Peter Garon-Chair, Brent Rakowski, Vice-Chair, Tim Cook, Jason Farrell Jason Mullin, Don Peabody, Steve Rapoport

Members Absent: None

Guests: Cynthia Hellyer, Bonnie Beecy

Present: Zoning Administrator Mel Hawley

Chair Peter Garon called the regular meeting to order at 7 p.m.

  1. Public Hearing (continued) – Hopkins Ridge Homeowner’s Association, Inc., Proposed Amendment to Declaration of Covenants

Jason Mullin moved to the head of the table as an applicant and recused himself as a member of the Board since he is one of the property owners and officers of Hopkins Ridge Homeowner’s Association, Inc. Peter Garon read the public hearing notice and reminded Jason Mullin, Cynthia Hellyer, and Bonnie Beecy that they are still under oath. The covenants for Hopkins Ridge prohibit the raising of livestock or poultry and the association is seeking an amendment to the covenants so that chickens can be raised. The Development Review Board recessed the public hearing at the request of the applicant to provide an opportunity to submit revised language. Jason Mullin submitted a version which added a second sentence in the covenant outlining the exemption for raising chickens which requires written permission from the Hopkins Ridge Homeowner’s Association in accordance with rules and restrictions that have been duly adopted by the Association. Jason Mullin also submitted a draft of such rules and restrictions. Bonnie Beecy, who owns a condominium in Country Commons located across the street from Hopkin Ridge, suggested that the rules clearly state that property owners are expected to keep their chickens in their respective enclosures and are not allowed to be free-range. With no further comments, Brent Rakowski moved to close the public hearing and that Zoning Administrator Hawley be directed to draft an affirmative decision on the application. The motion was seconded by Don Peabody with all voting in favor.

Jason Farrell departed.

  1. Review and accept minutes of previous meeting

The minutes to the regular meeting of December 5, 2016 were reviewed and corrected. Peter Garon moved to approve the minutes as corrected. The motion was seconded by Tim Cook with all voting in favor.

  1. Pending Decision – Vergennes-Panton Water District, 7 Canal Street, Storage Container, Site Plan Review (see Section 311)

As directed, Zoning Administrator Hawley drafted an affirmative decision approving the application. Brent Rakowski moved to authorize Peter Garon to sign the decision on behalf of the board. The motion was seconded by Jason Mullin with all voting in favor.

  1. Pending Decision – Ryan Block, LLC, 155 Main Street, Demolition of Accessory Structure, Proposed Accessory Structure, Site Plan Review

As directed, Zoning Administrator Hawley drafted an affirmative decision approving the application. Tim Cook moved to authorize Peter Garon to sign the decision on behalf of the board. The motion was seconded by Steve Rapoport with all voting in favor.

  1. Pending Decision – James Amblo, 89 South Water Street, Subdivision

As directed, Zoning Administrator Hawley drafted an affirmative decision approving the application. Steve Rapoport moved to authorize Peter Garon to sign the decision on behalf of the board. The motion was seconded by Brent Rakowski with all voting in favor.

  1. Pending Decision – James Amblo, 210 Main Street, Change the Use of First Floor from Personal Service and Office to Retail and Dwelling Unit, Site Plan Review, Conditional Use Review

As directed, Zoning Administrator Hawley drafted a decision approving the change of use of the front portion of the first floor from personal service to retail but denying the change of use of the back portion of the first floor from office to a dwelling unit. Tim Cook moved to authorize Peter Garon to sign the decision on behalf of the board. The motion was seconded by Jason Mullin with all voting in favor.

  1. Appointments to City Green Displays Committee

Zoning Administrator Hawley reported that the City Council adopted a City Green Policy a number of years ago which creates a three-member committee to review and act on request for displays on the City Green. The committee is comprised of the City Clerk, or in his/her absence, the Assistant City Clerk, a member of the Development Review Board, or in his/her absence, an alternate member, elected at their annual organization meeting, and a member of the Planning Commission, or in his/her absence, an alternate member, elected at their annual organization meeting. Zoning Administrator Hawley said that the election should have occurred in November. Don Peabody was elected to continue his service on the committee and Jason Mullin was elected as the alternate member.

 

  1. Report of Zoning Administrator

Zoning Administrator reported that Scott Hardy is still working on his plans for Fisher Farm and will likely return next month.

  1. Other Business – none

10. Adjournment

Chair Peter Garon adjourned the meeting at 8:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Mel Hawley

Acting Recording Secretary