CITY OF VERGENNES
PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019
Members Present: Shannon Haggett-Chair, Mike Winslow-Vice Chair, Danelle Birong,
Cheryl Brinkman, Christine Garrow, Carrie Macfarlane, John Coburn
Members Absent: Tim Cook
Also Present: Peter Garon-Zoning Administrator, Kim Trombley
Shannon called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. He asked if there were any proposed amendments to the agenda. Shannon proposed switching agenda item #4 – “Discussion of redistricting request – 61 Main St.”, with item #3 – Approve Minutes to Regular Meeting of 01/07/2018”. Everyone agreed.
Shannon introduced Kim Trombley, whose family owns 61 Main Street. Kim had some questions about process and timing. To allow for both residential and commercial uses for her building, the Commission would need to complete the update of the Municipal Development Plan and then make changes to the Zoning and Subdivision Regulations. This is likely to be a year-long process. The Planning Commission reviewed a variety of potential options. At this time, extending the Residential/Limited Business District seemed the best option to the Commission.
The minutes to the meeting of January 5, 2019 were reviewed. Cheryl moved to approve the minutes with non-substantive changes noted. The motion was seconded by Danelle with all voting in favor.
Cheryl led the discussion of proposed amendments in Chapter Three of the Municipal Development Plan. Carrie led the discussion of Chapter Five. Changes for both will be included for subsequent submissions.
The Plan review will continue next month: Chapter Two-Danelle; Tim-Recreation.
Next the Planning Commission heard items of interest updates:
- Transportation items update – Mike reported that the TAC from ACRPC will review the VT Route 22A Truck Route Study, and make revisions as needed. Their draft will be presented at a public meeting at the Vergennes Opera House on April 3, 2019. Carrie reported members of the Addison County Walk-Bike Council recently met with other stakeholders to review the Triangle Bike Loop Project. ACRPC has sent out an RFP for the study. A committee is being established to review the RFP. Shannon updated the Commission on a review of the VT Route 22A paving project to evaluate the scope of the paving request for the design of the class one paving project for submission to the VTrans paving division. A copy of ACRPC’s memo regarding the paving project will be emailed to Commission members.
- Stormwater items update – Mike reported that the grant process for design, implementation, and funding for the Ecosystem Restoration Grant through DEC is in a state of flux. The rules have changed to our disadvantage, but are expected to change again in the future. The details will be shared with the City Council at their next meeting, and a course of action will be determined.
- Materials Management – Nothing to report.
- Energy Planning update – Cheryl reported that the Energy Committee of ACRPC is meeting on February 5, 2019 to hear a presentation from ACORN. This will provide information relative to implementing community based programs. In addition there will be discussion of the approval process for town energy grant funding.
Under new business, there was a discussion of publicizing email addresses and home addresses on the website. The consensus was to have a generic email for the Planning Commission which Shannon would access and forward to Commission members as appropriate. Home addresses would not be listed on the website.
Danelle had attended the City Council meeting with regard to funding the new Armory Lane facility. She noted to the Council that the plans met three of the goals from the current Municipal Development Plan. She emphasized that she was speaking as an individual, not on behalf of the Planning Commission.
The meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.
Peter Garon, Recording Secretary