Meeting Minutes : Select Board Meeting & Zoning Ordinance Public Hearing

July 21, 2010

The meeting was called to order at 6:30PM by Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Chairman.

Select Board members present:  Joseph Gagnon, Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Allen Hitchcock, Linda Weeden, and Thomas Hooker.

Also present:  Helen McKinlay, Shawn Erickson, Kit Hudson, Bill Drummond, Trish Lewis, Bruce Paynter, Anita Paynter, Amy Loomis, Linda Drummond, Don Nickless, Tom Carrara, John Haverstock and Kelly Giard, Recording Secretary

The purpose of this meeting is a Public Hearing for comment on the proposed Zoning Ordinance adoption.

J. Haverstock indicated that Amy Loomis, Zoning Administrator, has been working with the members of the Planning Commission, Rutland Regional Planning Commission, and Legal Counsel to adopt the proposed Zoning Ordinance.  J. Haverstock reported that there were warnings posted in Town and in the local newspapers and the notice was read aloud.

A. Loomis indicated that the Zoning Regulations that are currently in use (1989) are very outdated. The proposed Ordinance is based largely on the 2005 Ordinance.  Some of the minor changes include the inclusion of the Zoning Map, clarification of some definitions, and update of some FEMA regulations.

T. Pelkey accepted the Proposed 2010 Draft Zoning Regulations into the record as ‘Exhibit A’.


Mr. Hudson asked for clarification with regard to residential development and felt a conflict existed between the Town Plan and the proposed Ordinance on strip development and cluster development.  A. Loomis explained that the PRD (Planned Residential Development) is included in a separate section and explained the differences.  Much discussion on this topic followed.

Bruce Paynter inquired what the “emergency” was to justify adoption of an interim ordinance.  D. Nickless explained that there was no “emergency”, however, that there were no effective regulations in place at this time.

A. Hitchcock presented a list of items that needed clarification to the members of the Planning Commission and Zoning Administration for their review.

J. Haverstock indicated that this proposed Ordinance would also be discussed at the regularly scheduled Select Board meeting.

T. Pelkey closed the public hearing at 7:22 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kelly Giard, Recording Secretary


Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Chairman


Allen Hitchcock, Vice Chairman


W. Joseph Gagnon, Selectman


Thomas Hooker, Selectman


Linda Weeden, Selectman