7:00 pm Town Offices
MEMBERS PRESENT: David Mills (Chairman), David Soulia (vice Chairman), Kevin Blow, Chuck Charbonneau, Richard Conway, Theodore Gillen, Thomas Markowski (acting alternate)
MEMBER ABSENT: Mark Winslow
OTHERS IN ATTENDANCE: Jeffrey Biasuzzi, Zoning Administrator (ZA) & interim Recorder. Alicia Malay, Tammy Hitchcock, Mark Pope, Tharon Malay, Ernie Cleriihew, Rishi Connelly
CALL to ORDER:
Chairman Mills called the Meeting to Order at 7:05 pm.
APPROVAL OF MEETING AGENDA:
D. Soulia made a Motion to approve the Agenda. C. Charbonneau seconded all approved and Motion passed.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES of MAY 24, 2018
D. Mills asked for a Motion to approve last month’s Minutes. D. Soulia made a Motion to approve the Minutes of 5/24/2018 as written. K. Blow seconded, all approved and Motion passed.
R. Connelly introduced herself as a resident, teacher and PC subcommittee member. She expressed her feelings against certain comments and an aloof attitude she received during the recent Select Board meeting. She relayed her disappointment and frustration at being treated as an “flat-lander”, when her interests are to help make Pittsford a great place to live.
T. Gillen spoke about his background and decision to settle in Pittsford, expressed his interests in serving his Town, and felt that all opinions should be respected.
M. Pope disagreed with the general opinion expressed that the S.B. had been disrespectful of others in their meeting.
K. Blow and D. Soulia asked if any PC members that had offended any residents in attendance. D. Soulia stated that the current PC was very different than past Boards, with respect o considering town resident’s opinions and ideas.
C. Charbonneau was of the opinion that Pittsford is already a great town; and all need to work together to make it better. He stated that, during his experience as a PC member, there have been numerous arguments between panel members on the issues. These disagreements, however, have resulted in compromise and solutions; not bitter or adversarial feelings. R. Conway added that decisions should be based on logic and research, and personalities should be turned aside.
Discussion continued, and the Public Comment section concluded with an observation by T. Markowski that the PC and it subcommittee is a good mix of age groups and experiences.
ZONING CHANGE NOTIFICATION LETTER update:
D. Mills suggested publishing information proposed Zoning changes along the Rt. 3 and Rt. 7 corridors as a Notice in the Summer edition of the Pittsford Newsletter. R. Connelly asked if the publication would adequately inform property owners of potential impact that may result. D. Mills read the Draft letter aloud.
D. Soulia made a Motion to approve the letter as drafted, and arrange to have published in the next edition of the Pittsford Newsletter. K. Blow seconded, all approved and the Motion passed.
DISSCUSSION on ZONING CHANGES:
R. Conway briefly discussed the changes to the Village map he recently received. Other changes to the Zoning regulations were discussed. J. Biasuzzi emphasized the value in improving Definitions. R. Conway felt changes to the regulation updated in 2016 should be kept to a minimum.
T. Gillen stated that rules should be clear, and not open to interpretation. R. Conway noted that the Zoning Board of Adjustment is in place when interpretation is required, and has rarely had its decisions overturned.
DISCUSSION of ENERGY PLAN:
D. Mills referred to the early June Select Board discussion on the subject of “Substantial Deferance” status in Public Utility Commission reviews of solar farm projects.
R. Conway thought the RRPC’s Energy Plan had been approved by the VT Planning Commission.
D. Soulia suggested that the Advisory Committee study the “Substantial Deference” issue, relating to Alternative energy projects, and relay their recommendations to the PC. Members of the Advisory Committee in attendance agreed to work on this.
FUTURE MEETING SCHEDULE:
The PC agreed to cancel the regular uly Meeting, and set their next Meeting for 7:00 pm Thursday August 23, 2018 at Town Office.
D. Soulia made a Motion to adjourn; K. Blow seconded; all approved and Motion passed. The Meeting ended at 8:20 pm.
Respectfully submitted by J. Biasuzzi