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Field Producer: Wendy Erikson

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 July 13, 2017

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

Ellen McShane, Linda Lavalette, Steve Baietti, Gail Albert, Sean Macfaden, Don Rendall.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Call to Order
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes (6/22/17)
Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest Open to the Public
Comprehensive Plan Update
Zoning Issues
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 PM.

2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
MOTION by Kate Lalley, SECOND by Dick Elkins, to approve the agenda as presented. VOTING: unanimous (4-0); motion carried.

3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

June 22, 2017

MOTION by Dick Elkins, SECOND by Kate Lalley, to approve the minutes of June 22, 2017 as written. VOTING: unanimous (4-0); motion carried.

4. DISCLOSURE OF POTENTIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

None.

5. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Ellen McShane, 743 Bay Road, submitted the written response to some of the proposed changes to the town plan drafted by Bay Road residents and asked how to get comments to the Planning Commission if the agenda is not known until a couple of days before the meeting. Jaime Heins said the Planning Commission will be focused on updating the Comprehensive Plan for the present. The annotated agenda for the Planning Commission is available online.

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6. COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE

Andrew Everett mentioned the wording from Susan Moegenburg on storm water management for new development, redevelopment, water quality improvements, and green storm water infrastructure. Following discussion the Planning Commission agreed the language should be added to Growth Area 1, Growth Area 2, and the Rural District. Andrew Everett will forward the wording from Susan Moegenburg to Dean Pierce and the Planning Commission.

The Planning Commission reviewed proposed changes to the plan and made the following edits:
Vision Statement

• In the third paragraph change the wording to read: “....conserving its natural resources while retaining its sense of community and traditional character.”

Land Use – Growth Area 1

• Add a recommendation using Susan Moegenburg’s language on storm water, water quality, and green storm water infrastructure.

Kate Lalley reviewed recommended edits to Land Use – Growth Area 2 as follows:

Land Use – Growth Area 2

Beyond the Village, 1st paragraph, sentence beginning “As noted above” – rewrite to read: “Growth Area 2 is served by the municipal sewer system under the town’s Sewer Service Allocation Ordinance.

Beyond the Village, 2nd paragraph, goal – delete the entire paragraph.

Beyond the Village, 3rd paragraph - rewrite to read: “Growth Area 2 shall absorb

most of the town’s future growth and most anticipated residential growth. This area will be characterized by development patterns that use land efficiently as such expensive municipal infrastructure warrants. Development shall be arranged to provide maximal protection to natural resources and new development will be laid out in a manner that enables and facilitates comfortable and safe means of multimodal transportation.”

Beyond the Village, 4th paragraph should begin with “There are four components to Growth Area 2” and follow with each a bullet for each of the four components (Residential Area, LaPlatte River Conservation Corridor, Commercial/Industrial Areas, Mixed Use Area).

LaPlatte River Conservation Corridor, 3rd sentence – insert “town’s” before “top priority”.

Mixed Use Area should read: “Shelburne Road north of Shelburne Village to the boundary with South Burlington is a commercial thoroughfare that serves mainly automobiles. Many of the town’s neighborhoods lie to either side of it, but are disconnected from one another and lack easy access to the school and to many daily needs. Regulations and infrastructure investment inadvertently led to this outcome. The town aspires this area to feature more diverse residential and commercial uses, to enhance livability in surrounding neighborhoods, and to introduce community identity that will enhance arrival to Shelburne. The town recently adopted a Form Based Code Overlay specific to this area that outlines a

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step-by-step process for retrofitting the corridor. The code uses targeted approaches to improve the overall pattern and quality of development, and seeks to leverage underutilized existing assets such as parking lots that are empty or half full, high vacancies, and leftover pieces of land. Form based code was adopted as an optional zoning overlay.”

In the bullet reading; “The Growth Area with Sub-Areas Map...” show the optional regulating plan of the character districts.

Objective #1 should read: “Advertise the advantages of the Form Based Code Overlay to developers and investors to encourage redevelopment of the Shelburne Road corridor with form based solutions that enhance the community.”

Objective #2 should read: “Everywhere in Growth Area 2 protect natural resources by promoting smart or compact development policies that decrease automobile dependence, enhance water quality, and promote public health for residents of all ages.”

Objective #3 should begin with: “Enhance sense of place by”. Replace “reflect historic village precedents” with “echo historic village precedents” and replace “in accordance with current Design Review Guidelines” with “reflected in the current Design Review Guidelines”.

Objective #4 is the bullet that reads: “If and until such time as comprehensive, physical form based regulations are enacted...”. In the first sentence insert “default zoning” before the word “district” to read “...enacted in the default zoning district...”.

Objective #5 should read: “Direct most of the town’s anticipated residential growth to Growth Area 2. Pursue smart growth strategies that enable this and ensure that zoning regulations for this area accommodate growth efficiently, sustainably, and multi-modally. Require that development of parcels of three acres or more be treated as Planned Development with design standards to encourage the following characteristics:

o Preserve open space, farmland, scenic assets, water quality, forest blocks, and critical environmental areas.

o Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities.
o Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place and compact patterns of building design with a range of housing opportunities

and choices to accommodate more diversity in age and income ranges. o Promote walkable neighborhoods and facilities constructed according to

the standard in Table X.
o Pursue bicycle/pedestrian paths that connect residential neighborhoods to

each other, to transit stops, to the village and to other attractions.
o Have streets connecting future neighborhoods to eliminate the need to go

onto collectors.
o Overall residential density in Growth Area 2 that is lower than in the

village residential areas, but higher than in the rural areas.”

Objective #6 should read: “Look for and pursue opportunities to provide further

connections for non-motorized travel between Spear Street and Shelburne Road.”

Recommended Acton #6 should read: “Revise the town’s Public Works Standards

so pedestrians are on par with automobiles. Ensure that roads in the residential

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areas are no wider than necessary to provide safe residential and emergency

vehicle access.”

Recommended Action #8 should read: “Using state guidelines as a minimum,

update regulations establishing appropriate buffers of streams and other water bodies. Similarly, update regulations regarding the treatment and management of storm water. Prioritize the use of GIS and LID including carefully created incentives.”

In ‘The Rural Area: Outside the Growth Area’ add a paragraph reading: “Minimize 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. Balance conservation and development objectives by pursuing Conservation Design for Subdivisions to maximize open space and viewshed preservation and foster working agricultural lands without reducing overall building density.”

Paragraph beginning “While some development is anticipated in the Rural Area...” – replace “give very high priority to identifying and preventing” with “prevent”.

Delete the sentence reading: “The density and intensity of uses in the Rural Area shall be distinctly lower than in the Growth Area described above.”

Rural Area Objective #1 – insert “that afford significant land protection during development” after the word “mechanisms”.

Rural Area Objective #2 – replace “that present” with the word “with”.

Rural Area Objective #4 should read: “Where development does occur in the

Rural Area ensure protection of natural and scenic resources by requiring use of

conservation subdivision design principles.”

Delete Objective #6 that reads: “Ensure that future residential development in the

Rural Area is low density....”.

Rural Area Recommended Action #2, 2nd bullet – replace “and then looks for

ways that the development...” with “and organizes physical site layout and design

around preserving natural and scenic features and open spaces”.

Land Use Summary, paragraph beginning “The large Rural Area...” – delete “is

intended to convey the image of open lands and”.

Land Use Summary, paragraph beginning “The village center portion of Growth

Area 1 also contains....” – replace “As noted above the...” with “The”.

Delete the sentence reading: “Altogether these land use goals, objectives, and

recommended actions will achieve the land use vision set forth in the Vision section of this plan.”

The Planning Commission discussed potentially up-zoning some rural hamlet areas with creative infill, down-zoning in other areas, and maximizing the Open Space Plan. There was also mention of providing guidance for development in the Rural Area including having hamlets or character districts. Conservation PUDs could be used as a form based approach to buildout.

COMMENTS

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Linda Lavalette, Bay Road, stressed with regard to path connections the town plan needs to protect the differences in each area and not “rubber stamp” connections. Common sense must be used. The town plan needs to protect existing roads from over encroachment.

Members of Shelburne Natural Resources and Conservation Commission commented on the following:

Critical Viewshed Map (needs updating and enforcement).

There are near, mid, and distant viewsheds to consider.

The rural hamlet idea should be studied.

Development needs to be pulled closer to the road in order to have forest

connectivity and habitat continuity otherwise development in the rural area

effectively fragments these areas.

Clustering and conserving open land should be done.

Protecting the land outside a development to be permanently open needs to be

addressed.

The Planning Commission will have another joint meeting with Shelburne Natural Resources Committee in early October. At the July 27, 2017 Planning Commission meeting review will continue of the revised Growth Area 2, Parks & Rec, and Energy. The Rural District will be covered at the August 10, 2017 meeting.

7. ZONING ISSUES

The Planning Commission discussed outreach to the stakeholder group on form based code, version 2.0, during the week of July 25th. It was suggested specific sections be referenced for people and the invitation be broadened to include a designee if an invitee cannot attend. The invitation will come from the Planning Commission Chair rather than the consultant.

Don Rendall, Shelburne Natural Resources Committee, suggested in the storm water section (Section 2205.4.B) for the SR-FBC corridor the acreage be decreased to a quarter acre and the impervious area be decreased to 3,000 s.f. in order to tighten the requirements for storm water. Also, under storm water best practices, the town needs to control storm water runoff because the corridor is not a rural area. The standard should be a two or five year storm rather than a one year storm so developers have to account for more water.

8. COMMISSIONER QUESTIONS/COMMENTS

Planning Commission Vacancy

The opening on the Planning Commission will be advertised.

Revised Ethics Committee Rules & Procedures

Public hearing on the revised Ethics Committee rules and procedures is August 14, 207.

9. OTHER BUSINESS/CORRESPONDENCE

Meeting Schedule

SHELBURNE PLANNING COMMISSION 7/13/17 PAGE 6 There is be only one Planning Commission in August. Date to be announced.

Housing in Shelburne

The Planning Commission will review and comment on the document on housing in Shelburne. Jaime Heins will ask Ann Hogan to also provide feedback.

Zoning Changes Adopted

The Selectboard adopted the zoning changes proposed by the Planning Commission.

10. ADJOURNMENT
MOTION by Andrew Everett, SECOND by Dick Elkins, to adjourn the meeting. VOTING: unanimous (4-0); motion carried.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:50 PM.

RScty: MERiordan

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Episode Number: 
283
Original Airdate: 
Thursday, July 13, 2017

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