Meeting Type: Regular Meeting
Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Municipal Building Community Room
Address: 43 Bombardier Road Milton, VT 05468
Contact: (802) 893-1186 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chair called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m.
Members Present: Lori Donna, Chair; Julie Rutz, Vice-Chair; Tony Micklus, Clerk; Henry Bonges; and John Lindsay.
Members Absent: None.
Staff Present: Jacob Hemmerick, Planning Director; Don Turner, Acting Town Manager
Public Present: Darren Adams, Selectboard Chair
3. AGENDA REVIEW
4. PUBLIC FORUM
Bonges provided information regarding his visit to Elm Place. They had a Passive house tour. It is the only multi-dwelling Passive house in Vermont. Passive is different than LEAD as it is all about energy. This building uses 65% less energy and there is room for improvement. Sold out in 3 weeks.
5. STAFF UPDATES
A. Hemmerick reviewed staffing changes: new Finance Director, Jessica Morris; John Bartlett, HR Administrator, advertising for Town Planner is underway as Jeff Castle will be leaving us at the end of the month. Discussed professional development opportunities; new Planning Assistant, Sheila Wright Mooney, will start August 7 with a temp helping until then; Gina will be leaving Aug 11 and she did a great job on the storm water report. Amanda will be out for vacation Aug 14-18. Hemmerick’s plate will be Acting Zoning Administrator.
B. Nothing will be getting done with the Town Plan for the month of August maybe into September. The Town may have to readopt the existing plan making the minimum amount of revisions necessary to come into compliance with changes in the Planning Act since 2013. More comprehensive revision will be long-term. Recreation master plan has been funded. The delayed approach for the Town Plan may benefit by other plan revisions that are happening in the near future.
The Town Forest project is eligible for administrated review but may go before the DRB due to an interested party’s request. Wetland permit, Army Corp of Engineers permit and our local permits are in process. This is related to an RTP grant that needs to get closde out this year or an extension is a possibility. Census is gearing up. Gordon’s have a large land holding and may be interested in some long-term planning in partnership with the Town.
C. The office is making sure the UDR are being stewarded through the rest of the process. As Jeff leaves, Hemmerik may have to do some development review.
A. ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Donna nominated for Chair by Lindsey, seconded Rutz; no discussion – vote 4-0 (1 abstain) ACCEPTED.
Rutz nominated for Vice Chair by Micklus, seconded Bonges; no discussion – vote 4-0 (1 abstain) ACCEPTED
Micklus nominated for clerk by Lindsey, seconded Bonges; no discussion - vote 4-0 (1 abstain) ACCEPTED
B. REVIEW OF PROCEDURAL BYLAWS
Have not been touched since 1998. Hemmerick offered to write up any changes and bring them back to the board, if they wish. He said that annual review is a good way to stay fresh on the Conflict of Interest and Rules of Conduct sections. Discussion ensued regarding the date of the next meeting – people will be out so the Aug 15th meeting is cancelled by unanimous consent. Next meeting is September 5 at 6:00pm. The Planning Commission wished to take this up when they have lighter agendas.
C. UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS HEARING PREPARATION
The Planning Commission debriefed from the hearing with the Board and prepared for the continuation. Mr. Turner provided some explanation on an approach forward, and Mr. Adams discussed his concerns, particularly related to the Agricultural Enterprise language.
D. REGIONAL ENERGY PLAN UPDATE
Tabled by unanimous consent.
MOTION by Rutz to APPROVE the meeting Minutes of June 6, 2017 and June 13, 2017 as presented. SECOND by Bonges. Motion PASSED.
MOTION by Rutz to ADJOURN at approximately 7:53, SECOND by Micklus. Motion PASSED.
Minutes approved by the Commission this ___________ day of _____________, 2017.
Lori Donna, Chair /wlcs
Draft filed with the Town Clerk this ___________ day of _____________, 2017.
Filed with the Town Clerk this ___________ day of _____________, 2017.