MEMBERS PRESENT: David Soulia (Chairman), David Mills (vice Chairman), Kevin Blow, Chuck Charbonneau, Rula Moradi
MEMBERS ABSENT: Kathryn Brown, Trish Lewis, Cristina Kumka
OTHERS IN ATTENDANCE: Jeffrey Biasuzzi , Zoning Administrator(ZA) & interim Recorder. See Attendance List
CALL to ORDER:
Chairman Soulia called the Meeting to Order at 7:01 pm. This Special Meeting adjusts for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
APPROVAL OF MEETING AGENDA:
Soulia requested the Agenda be revised . The approval of past Minutes , Otter Creek Solar Farm application, & Public Input items to be moved up. The introduction to Subdivision Ordinance and Chair “Bits & Pieces” to be taken off the Agenda. The review of Proposed Zoning Ordinance to then follow. K. Blow made a MOTION to accept the revised Meeting Agenda, C. Charbonneau seconded; all voted in favor, and Motion passed.
APPROVAL of MEETING MINUTES:
Charbonneau made a MOTION to postpone approval of Meeting Minutes of October 22, 2015 until the next PC meeting. R. Moridi seconded; all voted in favor and Motion passed.
William Gallus submitted written and oral testimony, with regards to the Garcia Subdivision Permit (#15-35) that was approved following the October 22, 2015 PC Public Hearing. He referenced specific sections of the current Zoning Ordinance, and had questions on ZA approval of one & two family zoning permit applications. Jacob Gallus asked J. Biasuzzi if that Permit Hearing was just for the subdivision request . The ZA confirmed the permit approved only the Subdivision. D. Mills & R. Moradi offered to visit the Gallus property & observe that Owner’s concerns.
Richard Conway spoke on the issue of Appeals to ZA or Appropriate Municipal Panel decisions.
Bruce Paynter requested the PC consider adding the issue of Boundary Line Adjustments (BLA) to the Zoning Ordinance (vs. just including in a subdivision ordinance), as a BLA did not result in a subdivision that created new or additional parcels. He also stated that zoning permit application for one & two family construction should be a simple process.
INPUT to SELECT BOARD (SB) on OTTER VALLEY SOLAR FARM APPLICATION:
Mills reported on the Select Board meeting of October __th; and Sun-Edison presentation on the Otter Valley Solar Farm project. He submitted a written list of recommendations that would be forwarded to the SB, for its formal input to the VT Public Service Board. These included multi-layered and continuous vegetative screening; long term maintenance of the screening, and emergency service issues. J. Biasuzzi recommended decommissioning language with a performance bond. Ann Rademacher asked for additional information on how the project would return revenues to the Town; and if the compensation could be negotiated Hank Pelkey (SB Chair) was in attendance, and stated that the SB had successfully bargained for compensation in past public service projects. D. Soulia and D. Mills commented on the potential limitations of the existing transmission infra-structure to accept additional solar generated power.
REVIEW of PROPOSED ZONING REGULATIONS:
Soulia opened discussion with a list of recommended changes (copies of his notes distributed to PC), initiating a comprehensive review of the existing Zoning Ordinance (adopted Dec. 2013), . His recommendations included specific portions of Articles I through VII.
Charbonneau made a MOTION to table further review if the existing Zoning Ordinance until the next PC Special Meeting, scheduled for 7:00 pm December 3, 2015, and resume review with Article VIII. D. Mills seconded, all approved and the Motion passed.
Charbonneau made a MOTION to adjourn the Meeting; K. Blow seconded; all voted in favor and the Meeting adjourned at 9:15 pm.
Respectfully submitted 11/17/15 by J. Biasuzzi