Meeting Minutes : Planning Commission Meeting April 13, 2017 – DRAFT

Pittsford Planning Commission Meeting
April 13, 2017

Board Members Present: David Soulia, Kevin Blow, Dave Mills, Rick Conway – via phone, Mark Winslow

Board Members Absent:  Chuck Charbonneau, Colleen Hobbs

Also in Attendance:  Jeff Biasuzzi – Zoning Administrator , Bev Peterson, Ann Rademacher


1.  Call to order

The meeting was called to order at 7:04PM by David Mills – Vice-Chair.


2. Approval of Agenda

A motion was made by Mark Winslow and seconded by Kevin Blow to approve the agenda as presented. The motion passed unanimously.


3. Approval of Minute

March 23, 2017

A motion was made by Mark Winslow and seconded by Kevin Blow to approve the minutes of January 26, 2017 meeting. The motion passed unanimously.


4. Public Comments

Bev Peterson stated with regard to the Housing Section, Ms. Peterson talked with Kevin Loso who is the head of Rutland Housing Authority. He advised that Pittsford has 31 units in Village Manor of which 30 are subsidized units. There are also 3 private units outside of Village Manor that are vouchered, but are not Section 8. Ms. Peterson did not realize that purchased houses would be part of the low-income information, so she did not research those units. Dave Mills provided the Committee information about a study that was done by Bowen National Research.

Jeff Biasuzzi provided the Committee paperwork regarding a 4-lot minor subdivision that is warned for the regular meeting on April 27th and requested the Committee review it prior to the meeting.


5. Continue Town Plan Updating Process

1)  Review/Finalize Education Section
Dave Mills noted one change he would recommend is under the Pittsford Actions where it indicates establishing a program of creative education and suggested to change from the word establish to explore a program of creative education. David Soulia stated his understanding of the creative education was the outreach that is done by the MacClure Library.  It was the consensus of the Committee to change establish to explore.

A motion was made by Kevin Blow and seconded by Mark Winslow to approve the Education Section as submitted by Jim Rademacher. The motion passed unanimously.

2) Review/Finalize Historical Section
David Soulia advised that by the next meeting, the Historical Section should be complete and ready for review.

3) Review/Finalize Recreation Section
In reviewing the Recreation Section updated by Randy Adams, Dave Mills asked if there was discussion of moving the Pittsford Day from the Fire Station and Lothrop School to the Recreation area. It was noted that the event used to be at the Recreation area and Jeff Biasuzzi stated the Select Board had discussed this item and they like it at the Fire Station. The statement noted in the section will remain as is. Mr. Mills questioned the last sentence of the first paragraph on the second page that indicated the Town exercises local control of open space and recreational facilities through zoning and proposed subdivision regulations. Jeff Biasuzzi advised this statement is not pertinent to the discussion and it was the consensus of the Committee to remove the line in its entirety. Mr. Mills questioned if the Forest Management Plan has been updated since 2007. Mr. Biasuzzi stated the Plan is updated every ten years and he was not sure if it has been done yet this year.

A motion was made by David Soulia and seconded by Mark Winslow to approve the Recreation Section as submitted by Randy Adams, Rec Director. The motion passed unanimously.

4)  Review/Finalize Transportation Section
Jeff Biasuzzi provided a copy of the Transportation information provided by Shawn Erikson.  Mr. Biasuzzi noted that he took the details and condensed them into one page. Dave Mills questioned if there has been a traffic study done since 2003. It was recommended that John Haverstock review this section prior to adding it to the Plan. David Soulia will follow-up with the Town Manager. This item was tabled to a subsequent meeting.

5)  Review/Finalize Housing Section
Dave Mills advised there is a 48-page study done by the Bowden National Research and in reviewing this information; it appears that Rutland County is set. He would like the Committee to review this information and use some of the data that is in the report. The Rutland County Housing Needs Assessment will also be reviewed. This item was tabled to a subsequent meeting to review the assessment and determine what information should be extracted from the survey for inclusion in the Town Plan. Mr. Mills will also review the links that were provided by the Town Manager relating to this subject.

6) Discuss/Finalize Energy Section
David Mills suggested tabling this item to a subsequent meeting as he has been researching information and has not completed his outreach to Burlington. He is connecting with them to determine how they have achieved 100% renewable. Mr. Soulia also noted that he has an MIT Review on Germany, who is the leader of green energy in the world, and the article indicates that being green has actually increased their carbon usage. Mr. Soulia would like to complete his research prior to submitting revised information for the Energy Section. Dave Mills advised that the town energy maps should be available at the upcoming RRPC meeting. Mr. Mills will continue to go to the energy meetings to determine what new changes are being made. Mr. Mills has had discussions with some local property owners concerning solar sites. It was the consensus of the Committee to table this section to a subsequent meeting.

7) Review/Finalize Vision Section
Dave Mills asked if any additional information would be added to the revised Vision Section. David Soulia questioned if including the statement of preserving the historic character of Pittsford locks the Village Center as it is and prevents expansion of Routes 3 and 7. He also questioned if it follows the same pattern of only growth in the Village Center. Rick Conway stated the zoning is supposed to be implemented in accordance with the Town Plan. He noted the Town has zoning districts. Mr. Soulia was concerned that it would encourage commercial growth inside the village and not outside. Mark Winslow stated other permitted uses covers this area.  Dave Mills stated this is something that has been in every Town Plan and thought it means that everything has to be clustered in the town center. Mr. Mills suggested the wording be different in that the village is residential and historic, but if the Town wants more businesses, the Plan needs to be inviting.

Mr. Mills suggested the following:

“To maintain the residential nature of Pittsford Village, while promoting mixed business/residential endeavors in the buildings that can support that type of endeavor. Realizing the need for more business opportunities within the Town to keep the taxes stable and provide jobs for our youth. Mixed use buildings, parking, access, etc. being limited within the Village, promote clustered development along Route 7 South (already Commercial) and Route 3 West (possible Commercial) to provide jobs and tax stabilization.”

Rick Conway agreed with Mr. Mill’s statement, however, noted that he had developed a Vision Statement in accordance with the goals and objectives that are listed in the statute, but he did not have a problem with Mr. Mill’s language. Mr. Mills stated Ed Bove acknowledged that within Pittsford Village, there are not a lot of areas for businesses and the Town would be allowed to indicate that there are no more areas in the Village, but businesses could be added on the outskirts. Mr.  Mills stated people do not want houses to be torn down, particularly due to the historical aspect.  If there is a more inviting explanation in the Town Plan, businesses may consider the area. Mr. Conway stated there would be a Land Use map that clearly defines what the uses are in the areas. David Soulia noted the Vision Statement sets the groundwork for the Land Use map for the Town Plan, which then directs the zoning. Mr. Mills will rewrite the Vision Section for review and discussion at the next meeting.

Jeff Biasuzzi reported there is a notice that Dollar General has an Act 250 hearing scheduled for limited criterion that includes 9L, the urban sprawl issue. David Soulia stated there was mention in the Brandon Reporter of the Dollar General with respect to traffic; as it relates to the previous Post Office Supreme Court Case. It was noted that the Supreme Court did not approve the request and it was due to the transportation and access from Route 7.

Jeff Biasuzzi advised the subdivision request would be added to the agenda for the next meeting. There were four items tabled for the Town Plan from this meeting – History, Transportation, Housing and Energy that will also be included on the agenda. A rough draft of the Economic Development and Agriculture Sections will be provided and the Water and Sewer Section will also be discussed. Information regarding the local cemeteries will be presented at the meeting. Rick Conway will contact Steve Schilds regarding the Land Use inventory next week and this item will be placed on the agenda. Mr. Conway reported information on the water and sewer was provided by John Haverstock. There is a meeting scheduled for next Tuesday to discuss the information. Mr. Conway advised that the State has to approve any increase in the amount of flows and solid mass and it looks like the Town is in good shape relative to this subject.


6. Schedule Date for Next Meeting

April 27, 2017 @ 7:00PM – Regular Planning Commission Meeting


7. Adjournment

A motion was made by David Soulia and seconded by Mark Winslow to adjourn the meeting at 8:02PM. The motion passed unanimously.


Respectfully submitted,

Charlene Bryant
Recording Secretary


Approved by,



The Pittsford Planning Commission