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Friday, March 31, 2017

4/4/17 Planning Commission Public Notice of Meeting & Agenda

Meeting Type:               Regular Meeting
Date:                            Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Time:                            6:00 p.m.
Place:                            Municipal Building Community Room
Address:                       43 Bombardier Road Milton, VT 05468
Contact:                       (802) 893-1186 or jhemmerick@town.milton.vt.us
Website:                       www.miltonvt.org

Lori Donna, Chair             Julie Rutz, Vice-Chair             Tony Micklus, Clerk                 Henry Bonges            John Lindsay

1. Call to Order & Welcome
2. Attendance
3. Agenda Review
4. Public Forum                                                   
The public may attend and participate in accordance with Vermont's Open Meeting Law (1VSA312).
5. Staff Updates
A.    Bi-Annual Zoning Administrator Update & Customer Service Survey Results
6. Official Notices
7. Business
B.     Review of Schedule
C.    Nomination of Member to Infrastructure Standards Committee
D.    Unified Regulations Review
8. Minutes 
A.    March 21, 2017
9. Adjournment 

NEXT MEETING:  Saturday, April 8, 2017

2017 Planning Forum #2 Meeting Minutes

Meeting Type:               Special Meeting
Date:                            Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time:                            6:00 p.m.
Place:                            Municipal Building Community Room
Address:                       43 Bombardier Road Milton, VT 05468
Contact:                       (802) 893-1186
Website:                       www.miltonvt.org


The meeting was called to order at approximately 6:05 p.m. 

Members Present:  Henry Bonges, Julie Rutz, Tony Micklus, Louis Mossey, Bruce Jenkins, Bob Brisson, Tony Micklus, Bonnie Pease, Judy Kinner.
Members Absent:  Lori Donna, Jessica Groeling, John Lindsay, Ann Bradshaw, Bob Lombard, Jaime Parent, Dan Gaherty, Laurie DiCesare, Nathaniel Carner.
Staff Present:  Jacob Hemmerick, Planning Director; Sarah Macy, Director of Finance & Administration; Kym Duchesneau, Recreation Director; Jeff Castle, Town Planner; Kristen Treanor, Planning Assistant. 
Guest Speakers:  Bob Henneberger & Marie Houghton of AARP; Katelin Brewer-Colie of Local Motion; Brendan Atwood of the Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA); Jason Charest of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC). 
Public Present:  David Armstrong, Joe Duquette, Chuck Spear, John Sharrow, Amy Cook. 


5. FORUM #2
The theme of Planning Forum #2 was “Transportation:  Principles, Process and Funding.”  The goal was to understand the why, how, and how much of planning and funding transportation projects.  Following is a summary of the presentations the Guest Speakers shared with the group:    
·        AARP:  Henneberger gave an introduction to AARP.  Henneberger and Houghton shared their experience(s) conducting “walk audits” in nearby communities.  The walk audit is a simple but effective tool to determine where deficits in transportation infrastructure exist.  By taking a walk through town, one can learn:  where sidewalks abruptly end or a crosswalk is needed, areas of excessive speeding, or the appropriateness of signage (among many other things).  These observations can shine a light on both big and small problems.  Houghton emphasized that there are small fixes (such as adjusting the timing on a crosswalk) that are easy, inexpensive, and provide immediate results.  Some Q&A followed regarding how AARP got in to the business of Urban Planning, and the importance of planning for senior needs. 
·        Local Motion:  Brewer-Colie presented an overview of Local Motion, a local bike-walk advocacy group that merged with the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition approximately 2 years ago.  Though many locals may know of Local Motion because of the Bike Ferry or Bike Rental programs, they do much more than that.  Brewer-Colie explained some of the other offerings Local Motion has: 
o   Bike Smart:  a school program aimed at teaching children how to safely ride a bike.
o   Everyday Bicycling:  a program aimed at adults wishing to incorporate bicycling into their everyday activities.
o   Family Bike Workshop:  a program aimed at making families comfortable biking together. 
o   Tool Kits:  Local Motion has a set of tool kits available, ranging from their “Get Spotted” program to increase visibility to “Sidewalk Safety Messages” consisting of stencils and materials to create a temporary safety message on a sidewalk. 
o   Pop Up Demonstration Trailer: The organization can also help set road calming demonstration projects to temporarily demonstrate streetscape improvements that make walking and biking safe. 
o   They have also collaborated with the communities of St. Johnsbury and Lyndon to conduct community assessments and walk/bike safety action plans.
Brewer-Colie then spoke of the educational work Local Motion does with community groups such as the Police Department, and their awareness campaigns.  Questions were asked and answered. 
·        CATMA:  Atwood gave an overview of the Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association (formerly the Campus Area Transportation Management Association).  The group started out started serving several hill campuses in Burlington, for example:  the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Hospital.  Over the years, the group expanded its offerings to the Chittenden Area.  CATMA works with employers to lessen the costs of commuting and parking, for both their employees and the business.  For example, CATMA can obtain a 28% discount on bus passes, offers a Guaranteed Ride Home program, and has an Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) Network.  These programs encourage and support alternative modes of transportation to work (Atwood quoted a 20% reduction in drive-alone trips to work in the group’s early work with hill campuses).  The group utilizes Transportation Data Management (TDM) consisting of four main points: 
o   Data Collection & Analysis
o   Marketing & Education
o   Strategy, Policy & Planning Support
o   Programmatic
Questions/Answers included: 
o   Q:  Do you work only with large employers?  A:  No, CATMA is currently working with an employer of less than 40 employees.   
o   Q:  Are shift workers being considered?  A:  Yes!  CATMA will work with any interested party. 
o   Q:  How much do your services cost?  A:  There is a per-employee fee of $10-20 per year.  CATMA is a non-profit so the cost is very modest. 
·        CCRPC:  Charest shared information on the role the CCRPC plays in getting projects planned and funded.  The CCRPC is the only designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in the state of Vermont, and as such wields significant influence in transportation planning, as they are responsible for producing a Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP).  The process of getting on to the CCPRC’s Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) was reviewed.  Corridor Studies (which are used to study a wide area and develop a Vision & Goals statement) versus Scoping Studies (which are used to address a specific, detailed problem and develop a Purpose & Need statement) were discussed.  Strauss noted that the takeaway from this presentation should be that the CCRPC helps set up municipalities for success to achieve funding for projects. 

An open discussion followed the presentations.  It was clear that all present want to see things happening “on the ground,” as opposed to just being planned and discussed.  There were several questions about how to fund improvements, which prompted Macy to explain the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) program.  This is one way that the Town hopes to build infrastructure, including the types being talked about at the meeting.  TIF is a complicated process, and Macy stressed the importance of arming one’s self with knowledge, not being afraid to ask questions about TIF, and getting the word out about how the Town can use it to its advantage and make some of these ideas happen within the limited time remaining to issue bonds.  Cook suggested educational outreach at community centers such as the Eagles Club, the Senior Center, etc.   Hemmerick briefly spoke about the role planning development regulations can play in leveraging private investment through the development review process as a way to incrementally build infrastructure. 

Hemmerick closed, noting that the information presented will be useful in considering choices as the Town tackles infrastructure standards and the Town Plan 2018 update.
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:05 p.m.

Filed with the Town Clerk this _____31st______ day of ___March__________, 2017.

National Center for Rural Road Safety Presentation on Road Converstion

Converting Paved Roads to Unpaved Roads

Tuesday April 4, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Mountain/ 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern

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This is an online event.

The National Center for Rural Road Safety (Safety Center) and the Center for Environmentally Sustainable Transportation in Cold Climates (CESTiCC) are co-hosting a FREE, 1.5-hour online webinar.

This webinar will take place Tuesday, April 4th from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Mountain/1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern.

This webinar will provide an overview of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 485 Converting Paved Roads to Unpaved. The webinar will present the contents of the synthesis report which summarizes the state-of-the-practice of the road conversion process, tools that can be used to aid in the decision making process of whether to convert from paved to unpaved including available resources and design guides, and what has worked and what has not worked for those in the unpaving process including public outreach and identified impacts.

To register for the webinar, please click on the button below. 
Instructions on accessing the webinar will be sent after your registration is confirmed.
Thank you for letting us be your "Safety Sidekick!"  We look forward to having you join us!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

4/27/17 Development Review Board Public Warning

Meeting Type:               Regular Meeting
Date:                            Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time:                            7:00 p.m.
Place:                            Municipal Building Community Room
Address:                       43 Bombardier Road Milton, VT 05468
Contact:                       (802) 893-1186
Website:                       www.miltonvt.org


The Development Review Board will conduct hearings on the following applications at their meeting on 4/27/17 at 7 PM in the Municipal Building Community Room at 43 Bombardier Rd: 

Courtland Properties, LLC, c/o C. Roth Perry, Owner & Applicant, requests Minor Conventional Subdivision Amendment approval to change the highway access located at 3 North Gardens Lane.  The original approval included a single access off North Gardens Lane and abandonment of the access to McMullen Road.  This amendment proposes additional access to McMullen Road for Unit 102, and retained access off North Gardens Lane for Unit 101.  The property is described as SPAN 11185, Tax Map 29, Parcel 62; consists of approximately .36 acres; and is located in the Old Towne Residential (R1) Zoning District and Town Core Planning Area. 

Interested members of the public are encouraged to attend the hearing.  Participation in the local proceeding is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal.  To determine if you may qualify as an interested person, please contact the number below.  Plans of the proposed project and staff notes are available from the Department of Planning & Economic Development, 43 Bombardier Road, Milton, Vermont during regular business hours and posted online at least two days prior to the meeting at http://miltonvt.org/government/boards/drb/agendas-minutes.html.  Please note that these materials will NOT be handed out to the public at the meeting.   Please contact 893-1186 if you have any questions or comments. 
Jeffrey Castle, Town Planner / Publication Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Arbor Day Conference

Vermont Arbor Day Conference
Thursday May 4th
VT College of Fine Arts, Montpelier
Cost $40, lunch provided

Registration is now open for the 2017 Vermont Arbor Day Conference.  The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program is hosting our second annual full-day conference in honor of Arbor day on May 4th at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier.  Come learn, celebrate, and network with the citizen tree stewards, municipal leaders, and professionals for our state’s urban and community forests. 

We will be offering four simultaneous tracks geared toward separate audiences this year: municipal leaders, professional arborists, citizen volunteers, and general forest health interest.  Session topics include: Emerald Ash Borer, VT Green Streets Manual, VT Tree Warden Statues, VT Open Meeting Law, Tree Cabling and Alternatives and more!  ISA and SAF credits will be available for some sessions.