CITY OF VERGENNES
DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD
MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2017
Members Present: Peter Garon, Chair, Brent Rakowski, Vice-chair, Jason Farrell, Secretary,
Don Peabody, Steve Rapoport
Members Absent: Tim Cook, Jason Mullin
Meeting Guests: Bill Benton, Scott Hardy
Present: Zoning Administrator Mel Hawley
Chair Peter Garon called the regular meeting to order at 7 p.m.
- Public Hearing – L.F. Benton Company, 300 Main Street, Changes Portion of Top Floor to Place of Worship, Site Plan Review (see Section 311)
Peter Garon read the public hearing notice and swore in the applicant, Bill Benton.
Bill advised that Brandon Mendez is interested in leasing a portion of the top floor of the building at 300 Main Street for use as a place of worship. He said that about 2,400 square feet of the front portion of the upper level would be leased for this purpose. He said there are currently three dwelling units in the building with one tenant on the upper level using additional space associated with his business. He reported there are two parking spaces dedicated to the lower level dwelling unit; there are three parking spaces behind and two parking spaces in front of his real estate appraisal office; three parking spaces near the utility pole in front; and another eighteen parking spaces in the upper parking area. With an anticipated fifty attendees on Sunday services, the regulations require thirteen off-street parking paces. Bill said there would also be bible study classes during the week. Bill confirmed there would be no change in lighting or landscaping. With no further testimony, Jason Farrell moved to close the public hearing and that Zoning Adminstrator Hawley be directed to draft an affirmative decision. The motion was seconded by Don Peabody with all voting in favor.
2. Scott Hardy, Comfort Hill, 4-Lot Subdivision, Sketch Plan Review
The Development Review Board continued its sketch plan review of the 7.43-acre parcel on the south side of Comfort Hill across from MacIntosh Park owned by Scott Hardy. Scott provided a revised subdivision plan prepared by LaRose Surveys, P.C. to subdivide the property into four lots. Scott said he wants to create three lots on the northeast end of the parcel and a fourth lot to be developed as a planned unit development in the future. The three lots, although having frontage on Comfort Hill, would be accessed by a private road to be developed along the northeast border of the property. The plan showed the location of a proposed water main to serve the three lots and the likely location of a gravity sewer line and pump station. Don Peabody asked if a sidewalk was proposed along Comfort Hill. Scott said that he is not proposing to build such a sidewalk but noted that a path, five feet wide, would be constructed through the reserved parcel to Comfort Hill. Scott was requested to provide contour drawings, more detailed drainage plans, and evidence that emergency vehicles have adequate access. The plat showed a connecting trail over an adjacent property to the undeveloped so-called “rail trail”. Scott was asked to remove that from the plan since there was not a recorded easement for this purpose. Also, monumentation information is required on the proposed plat. Scott said he could get all of these items accomplished within a few days. Brent Rakowski moved to authorize the scheduling of a public hearing for November 6, 2017 provided the needed information was submitted in a timely fashion (October 16, 2017). The motion was seconded by Steve Rapoport with all voting in favor.
3. Pending Application – Scott Hardy, 184/186 Green Street, Two-lot Subdivision
As directed, Zoning Administrator Hawley drafted an affirmative decision approving the request by Scott Hardy to subdivide the property at 184/186 Green Street into two lots. A review of the draft decision resulted in some changes. Steve Rapoport 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.
4. Scott Hardy, 184 Green Street, Two-lot Planned Unit Development, Subdivision Sketch Plan Review, Site Plan Review, Conditional Use Review
Scott Hardy presented a proposed two-lot Planned Unit Development for the parcel identified as 184 Green Street. In accordance with the regulations, a planned unit development is not intended to be used solely as a mechanism to circumvent the non-planned unit development standards of the zoning and subdivision regulations. Because the lot only has 100 feet of street frontage, the proposal was viewed as having a fatal flow.
At 9 p.m. Don Peabody excused himself from the meeting.
- Scott Hardy, 186 Green Street, Multiple-family Dwelling, Site Plan Review, Conditional Use Review
Scott Hardy presented a preliminary site plan for a proposed four-unit multiple-family dwelling. The parcel is encumbered by a parking easement benefiting the two-family dwelling at 198 Green Street. The proposed location of the building appeared to be only 15 feet from the side lot line with the regulations calling for a minimum side yard setback of 25 feet for a multiple-family dwelling Zoning Administrator Hawley said that the sewer line that currently serves the existing buildings in the area would have to be upgraded. Jason Farrell moved to continue the application review process at the next meeting. The motion was seconded by Steve Rapoport with all voting in favor.
5. Pending Application – City of Vergennes, Canal Street, Storage Container
As directed, Zoning Administrator Hawley drafted an affirmative decision approving the request by City to place a storage container on the westerly side of Canal Street for use by the fire department to store training props. Following a review of the draft decision resulting in a few minor changes, Brent Rakowski moved to authorize Peter Garon to sign the decision in its final form on behalf of the Development Review Board. The
6. Review and accept minutes of previous meetings
The minutes to the regular meeting of August 7, 2017 were reviewed. Jason Farrell moved to approve the minutes as corrected. The motion was seconded by Brent Rakowski with all voting in favor. The minutes to the regular meeting of September 11, 2017 were reviewed. Steve Rapoport moved to approve the minutes as corrected. The motion was seconded by Brent Rakowski with all voting in favor.
7. Report of Zoning Administrator – none
8. Other Business
Peter Garon asked Zoning Administrator Hawley to register him for the upcoming zoning and planning workshop offered by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns
The meeting adjourned at 10:20 p.m.
Acting Recording Secretary