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Field Producer: Ken French

Produced by VCAM.

A VIDEO RECORDING OF THE MEETING IN ITS ENTIRETY IS AVAILABLE THROUGH VERMONTCAM.ORG. THE WRITTEN MINUTES ARE A SYNOPSIS OF DISCUSSION AT THE MEETING.MOTIONS ARE AS STATED BY THE MOTION MAKER. MINUTES SUBJECT TO CORRECTION BY THE SHELBURNE PLANNING COMMISSION. CHANGES, IF ANY, WILL BE RECORDED IN THE MINUTES OF THE NEXT MEETING OF THE COMMISSION.

MEMBERS PRESENT:

STAFF PRESENT: OTHERS PRESENT: AGENDA:

TOWN OF SHELBURNE PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES OF MEETING August 10, 2017

Jaime Heins (Chair); Jason Grignon, Dick Elkins, Perry Gagliardi, Asim Zia. (Kate Lalley, Andrew Everett, and Graham Byers were absent.)
Dean Pierce, Planning Director.

Gail Albert, Sean Macfaden, Don Rendall.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Call to Order
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes (7/27/17)
Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest Open to the Public
Comprehensive Plan Update Commissioner Questions/Comments
Other Business/Correspondence Adjournment

CALL TO ORDER

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1.

Chairman Jaime Heins called the meeting to order at 7:09 PM.

2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
MOTION by Jason Grignon, SECOND by Dick Elkins, to approve the agenda as presented. VOTING: unanimous (5-0); motion carried.

3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

July 27, 2017

MOTION by Dick Elkins, SECOND by Jason Grignon, to approve the minutes of July 27, 2017 with the global correction of the spelling of “Melanie Needle” and changing “discuss” to “discussed” in the sentence on Page 4 relative to quarries and mining. VOTING: unanimous (5-0); motion carried.

4. DISCLOSURE OF POTENTIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

None.

5. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

None.

6. COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE

Childcare

Perry Gagliardi said his edits to the Childcare section of the comprehensive plan reduced the verbiage and focused on having safe, affordable, and adequate childcare in town.

SHELBURNE PLANNING COMMISSION 8/10/17 PAGE 2 Dick Elkins mentioned small daycares are being forced out of business due to the current

state regulations.

Following discussion the Planning Commission agreed to the following in the Childcare section:

• The word “childcare” will not be hyphenated.
• Staff will confirm if ADM reimbursement still exists.
• Applicable state and federal options for funding will be explored.
• Use the word “bylaws” rather than “ordinance” in the comprehensive plan. • In Recommended Action #2 – add at the end of the sentence “especially for

underserved age groups”.
• Add Recommended Action #5 to read: “Encourage after school and/or summer

programs to offset any gaps in childcare, and explore support for locations such as the Pierson Library.”

Rural District

Sean Macfaden, Shelburne Natural Resources Committee, reviewed suggested edits to the Rural Area: Outside the Growth Area. The Planning Commission also reviewed revisions by Kate Lalley. There was agreement to the following:

The Goal should read: “To preserve and maintain the agricultural, economic, environmental, recreational, and aesthetic benefits provide by Shelburne’s rural lands while at the same time balancing the town’s growth and successful integration of the town into the larger regional community.”

In Objective #4 – add a sentence reading: “New developments should be clustered along existing road networks to protect core forest patches, large agricultural fields, and wildlife movement corridors.”

In Recommended Action #2, add as the first bullet: “Update the Wildlife Habitat and Associated Areas Map (Map 9) with information derived from the Notable Wildlife Habitat Map in the 2017 Shelburne Open Space Plan including core forest, wetlands, and large agricultural fields.”

The second bullet in Recommended Action #2 should list the maps at the end of the paragraph.

The 3rd bullet in Recommended Action #2 should read: “Refine the existing “Conservation Subdivision” design process that begins by identifying resources to be protected and organizes physical site layout and design around preserving natural and scenic features and open spaces, and minimize impervious surfaces and promote green infrastructure for storm water treatment. Consider developing a Wildlife Habitat Overlay District in the Rural Zone that protects core forest patches and their connectivity with other patches, other essential habitat features such as wetlands, and habitat blocks in adjacent towns. Use the Wildlife Habitat Overlay District as part of the “Conservation Subdivision” design process.”

Recommended Action #5 should read: “Increase support of the town’s Open Space Fund...” (i.e. replace Conservation Fund with Open Space Fund).

Add Recommended Action #8 to read: “Consider pursuing grant funding to prepare a formal ecological assessment of important wildlife corridors.”

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SHELBURNE PLANNING COMMISSION 8/10/17 PAGE 3

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Add Recommended Action #9 to read: “Seek resources for dissemination of information contained in Shelburne’s Open Space Plan.”

Add Recommended Action #10 to contain the Open Space Plan language.
Sean Macfaden will provide information on how much land with development potential

is in the Rural Zone.

There was mention of transitional areas in rural sections of town that merit a different approach. Dick Elkins said storm water is an issue. Developing areas that are wet will increase runoff because the soil is already saturated. Density should not be increased in these places. The first step is to update the wetlands map. Don Randall suggested doing a study of the rural area to find out where the land will support community septic outside the sewered area so development can be clustered there. Asim Zia said a conventional sewer or more green technology can be applied, but there must be land allocation for bio- retention ponds to absorb water. Sean Macfaden pointed out the new map in the Open Space Plan is the best assessment of wetlands in town from an ecological perspective, not from a regulatory perspective. Gail Albert urged requiring input from a hydrologist and/or geologist and having the town name the expert. Dick Elkins pointed out there are certain requirements/credentials for the designers of erosion control plans. Jason Grignon suggested a Recommended Action could be written to address hiring an expert. Dean Pierce noted the regulations already speak to independent technical review. Following further discussion the Planning Commission agreed there should be a Recommended Action to educate the DRB and others on the use of the independent technical review portion of the regulations.

Dick Elkins mentioned he also has concerns with infill development.

The Planning Commission will further discuss language suggested by Kate Lalley on minimizing the infringement on the rural qualities of the town by retrofitting such areas as rural hamlets using form based zoning to template and achieve desired forms. There will also be continued discussion of transects.

Next Meeting:

7.

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Continue discussion of Rural District with input from the Natural Resources Committee
Transportation and Energy

COMMISSIONER QUESTIONS/COMMENST

Shelburne Day is 8/19/17. Volunteers are needed to staff the town table.

8. OTHER BUSINESS/CORRESPONDENCE

VLCT Town Fair

October 15, 2017 is the annual VLCT Town Fair.

Form Based Zoning Version 2

SHELBURNE PLANNING COMMISSION 8/10/17 PAGE 4

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Following discussion there was agreement the original scope of work for Form Based Zoning Version 2 should be finished and then additional items prioritized for the remaining funding. The Planning Commission will discuss possibly applying for a municipal planning grant for the additional work on the code.

9. ADJOURNMENT
MOTION by Jason Grignon, SECOND by Perry Gagliardi, to adjourn the meeting. VOTING: unanimous (5-0); motion carried.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:27 PM.

RScty: MERiordan 

 

 

Episode Number: 
285
Original Airdate: 
Thursday, August 10, 2017

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