Planning Commission Minutes 9-3-2018






Members Present: Shannon Haggett-Chair, Mike Winslow-Vice Chair, Danelle Birong,

Cheryl Brinkman, Tim Cook, Christine Garrow, Carrie Macfarlane

Members Absent: John Coburn, Peter Garon, Zoning Administrator

Shannon called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. He asked if there were any proposed amendments to the agenda. No amendments were requested

The minutes to the meeting of August 6, 2018 were reviewed. Carrie noted under “new business” she was also reappointed to the Planning Commission with a term expiring in July, 2020. Cheryl moved to approve the minutes with corrections. The motion was seconded by Christine with all voting in favor.

Carrie reported the Walk-Bike Council of Addison County is coordinating a proposed Municipal Planning Grant Application for a Triangle Bike Loop Master Plan to develop a master plan for a designated bike route connecting Vergennes, Middlebury, Bristol and New Haven. New Haven is acting as lead applicant and the Walk-Bike Council is seeking support from the City of Vergennes as a co-applicant municipality. Cheryl moved the Planning Commission recommend to the City Council that the City of Vergennes consider co-applicant status on the proposed Municipal Planning Grant Application for a Triangle Bike Loop Master Plan. The motion was seconded by Danelle with all voting in favor. Shannon stated he would inform Mayor Perry of this recommendation.

Shannon reported as a result of the group’s postings on Front Porch Forum for the upcoming Public Planning Forum, he heard from a Vergennes resident who raised concerns about accessibility issues with holding the forum at the Vergennes Opera House. After discussing numerous options for accommodation, the group agreed to request VCAM move their vehicle after unloading their equipment to allow for parking near the handicap entrance. Shannon said he would relate this information to the resident.

Christine guided the Planning Commission through the open task list for the public outreach and participation plan for the municipal development re-write effort. After closing all remaining tasks, Danelle stated she would arrive at the venue at 3:00 pm to assist in setting up the room. The public planning forum is scheduled for September 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. and will be held in the Vergennes Opera House.

Next the Planning Commission heard items of interest updates:

  • Transportation items update – Shannon reported VTrans and Stantec Consulting Services will be holding a public hearing as part of the VT 22A Truck Route Study. The forum will be on September 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Vergennes Opera House. He encouraged everyone to attend.
  • Stormwater items update – Mike reported he and Shannon had recently participated in a conference call with Claire Tebbs at the Addison County Regional Planning Commission. During the call it was decided to wait until the 2019 cycle to apply for any Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP) grants.
  • Materials Management items update – Cheryl noted the Addison County Solid Waste Management District is scheduled to hold its annual retreat on September 20, 2018. During the retreat she hopes to address the need for a county-wide recycling drop-off facility and will report back on the results in a future meeting.
  • Energy Planning items update – Cheryl reported she is working with Adam Lougee of the Addison County Regional Planning Commission in regard to developing an enhanced energy plan for the City.

No new business was presented.

The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Shannon Haggett, Chair