Meeting Minutes : Planning Commission

Planning Commission Members Present – Kathryn Brown, Don Nickless, and Thor Konwin.  Others Present – Bruce Paynter, Reginald Charbonneau, Amy Loomis – Zoning Administrator, and Kelly Giard, Recording Secretary

D. Nickless, Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM.

Site Plan Hearing:

Applicant:  Reginald and Christina Charbonneau – 1905 US Route 7 South – Pittsford, VT.  The property is located at 1876 US Route 7 South (the site of the former Tuffy Toys.) for the purpose of a retail section for maple sugaring supplies in the front of the building and a working sugar house in the other sections.

K. Brown inquired if Mr. & Mrs. Charbonneau have obtained ownership of the property.  Mr. Charbonneau indicated that the property ownership was settled in August 2009.  Mr. Charbonneau indicated that the water line will be available when the town water project is completed on the south end of town.

Mr. Charbonneau indicated that the maple sugaring supply vendor will be LaPierre, who is located in Canada with a location in Swanton, VT.

Mr. Charbonneau indicated that the building front will remain the same.  One end of the building will have a removable window section for access of rolling in equipment and the other windows will remain the same.  Mr. Charbonneau explained the entrance that is planned for the sugar house.

D. Nickless inquired if there would be a change of “footprint” on the property.  Mr. Charbonneau indicated that there would be no changes, except for a section in the rear that is an add-on, and this section would be used to accommodate maple sugaring equipment.  Mr. Charbonneau indicated that there are some drainage issues in the whole building area.  Mr. Charbonneau indicated that there is a full basement.

Mr. Charbonneau indicated that the same sign posts would be used, and the sign details are included on the permit, as discussed with A. Loomis.  Mr. Charbonneau indicated that there would be extensive cleaning of the brush on the property.

A. Loomis indicated that the Agricultural Exemption was discussed and reviewed by the State of Vermont.  The results indicated that the retail portion of the building could not be considered exempt, however, the maple sugar house would be considered Agricultural.

Mr. Charbonneau explained that the sugar house would have a glass enclosure and tours would be able to be conducted safely.

D. Nickless inquired if there would be any issues with parking.  A. Loomis indicated that there is plenty of parking on the existing lot.

A. Loomis indicated that there would be roughly 1 – 3 employees at this property.  A. Loomis inquired what the business hours would cover.  Mr. Charbonneau indicated that the hours, during the off season would be by appointment, and the hours from November through approximately April 15 would be 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

D. Nickless inquired if there were any issues with any abutters.  A. Loomis indicated that all abutters were notified and none expressed any concerns.

Motion by K. Brown and seconded by T. Konwin to approve this application as presented.  Passed unanimously 3 – 0.

The next meeting will be held on December 17 at 7:00 PM.

Meeting adjourned at 7:56 PM

Respectfully Submitted

Kelly Giard, Recording Secretary

Don Nickless, Chair

Thor Konwin, Vice Chair

Kathryn Brown