Members Present – Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Thomas Hooker, W. Joseph Gagnon, David Trombley and Jane Cornell.
Others Present: Dave Soulia, Mark Winslow, Dave Mills, Dan Adams, Edward Brutkowski, Ron Smith, Deb Reynolds, Tharon Malay, Chuck Charbonneau, Ed Bove, Ernie Clerihew, Rick Conway, Betsy Morgan, Kevin Blow, Bud Provin, Barbara Lalancette, Ted Gillen, Tammy Hitchcock, Atty Gary Kupferer, Darcy Stone, Todd Stone, Ed Wheeler, John Haverstock – Town Manager and Kelly Giard – Recording Secretary.
The meeting was called to order at 6:40 PM by Chairman Pelkey.
T. Pelkey explained that this was the third Public Hearing for the adoption of the Town Plan.
J. Haverstock explained the history of the project and the process.
Ed Bove from the Rutland Regional Planning Commission stated that there are issues with the Land Use maps. D. Trombley inquired if this was the mapping group that was rescinded at the last meeting. T. Pelkey stated that this was the mapping group in discussion. Dave Mills stated that the Town’s Planning Commission would like to leave the maps as is for the presentation to the Rutland Regional Planning Commission.
Dan Adams inquired if there was an overlay showing the wildlife habitat/corridor and forest use. Mr. Mills explained that the verbiage and coloring of the current proposed maps show this. J. Haverstock explained that the verbiage has been approved by the Rutland Regional Planning Commission, as proposed. Dave Soulia stated that the Conservation Districts 1 and 2 satisfies the statutes.
Barbara Lalancette inquired if there was a grant received from the Region to complete this project and whether there had been adequate public input. Mr. Mills stated that there was no grant funding received and that residents were invited to submit input through the survey, open meetings and an open invitation was presented at Town Meeting.
Mr. Conway stated that the Planning Commission met regularly and were soliciting input but residents did not come out for the October 19 Public Hearing.
Tharon Malay stated that there is a group of residents that are willing to help with input and language with positive verbiage.
D. Trombley stated that the current Town Plan expired in December 2017 and could have been implemented sooner if the process was not so drawn out. Once the Town Plan is adopted by the Select Board, changes can be made through an amendment process. The Town Plan is now on an 8-year process and not on a 5-year cycle as in the past.
T. Pelkey explained that the Select Board would send the Plan back to the Planning Commission to meet with a group to begin the amendment process.
There was discussion concerning various grants and the Village Center. The Village Center designation needs to have an active Town Plan to be valid.
Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Chairman
Thomas Hooker, Vice Chairman
Jane Cornell, Selectman
W. Joseph Gagnon, Selectman
David Trombley, Selectman