Development Review Board Minutes 04-17-2017

CITY OF VERGENNES

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD

MINUTES

SPECIAL MEETING

MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2017

Members Present: Peter Garon, Brent Rakowski, Vice-Chair, Tim Cook, Jason Mullin, Steve Rapoport, Jason Farrell, Secretary (8 p.m.)

Members Absent: Don Peabody

Site Visit Guests: Scott Hardy, Amanda Relyea, Steven Burlock, Sheila Burlock, Robin Pierce

Meeting Guests: Scott Hardy, Amanda Relyea, Ashley Robinson, Sheila Burlock

Present: Zoning Administrator Mel Hawley

The Development Review Board conducted a site visit at the property Scott Hardy at 186 Green Street at 6 p.m.

Chair Peter Garon called the special meeting to order at 6:45 p.m.

  1. Scott Hardy, 186 Green Street, The Fisher Farm, Planned Unit Development, Subdivision, Accessory Structure, Site Plan Review, Conditional Use Review

Scott Hardy presented a supplement prepared by Grover Engineering, PC relative to his proposed development on Green Street. As was reported at the last meeting, the property consists of a 1.85 acre parcel which currently has a structure that once contained a flower shop on the ground floor and a dwelling unit on the second floor which will be demolished. The proposal is to develop a planned unit development for six one-family dwelling sites, one of which being designated as an elderly housing unit. A seventh site is also shown which would be developed if the density bonus for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified projects is changed to alternative standard. Scott said that he had met with Fire Chief James Breur and a so-called “structural lawn” has been incorporated in front of unit #6 and #7 for improved access for the fire apparatus. Six conifer trees are proposed in front of the seven-car garage. Zoning Administrator Hawley said that the location of accessory structures are governed by Article XV of the regulations and the board would need to specifically approve the location of the garage since it is the dominating structure along the street in accordance with Section 1501.A.6. A revised declaration of condominium association and associated rules and regulations was submitted. Zoning Administrator Hawley suggested these be reviewed by City Attorney James Ouimette. Asphalt pavement was discussed again when considering the number of units involved. Scott agreed to investigate the cost of paving the entrance and in front of the garage. It was also noted that the easement over the subject property benefiting the property to the south did not seem to be respected based on the proposed site plan and therefore needs further investigation. The board determined the application was sufficiently complete and Brent Rakowski moved to authorize the scheduling of a public hearing for May 8, 2017. The motion was seconded by Tim Cook with all voting in favor.

2.  Review and accept minutes of previous meeting

The minutes to the regular meeting of February 6, 2017 were reviewed and corrected. Steve Rapoport moved to approve the minutes as corrected. The motion was seconded by Tim Cook with all voting in favor. The minutes to the special meeting of March 21, 2017 were deferred.

3.  Report of Zoning Administrator – deferred

4.  Other Business – none

5. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Mel Hawley

Acting Recording Secretary