Planning Commission                       April 24, 2007         



PC MEMBERS PRESENT: G. Heyer, A. Lemieux, M. Hunziker, R. Wimble

PUBLIC PRESENT:  Skip Taylor, Jeff Blake, Judy Cleary, Susie Jones, Barbara Murphy,

Carl Jones, Colleen Steen, Sally Sweet, Dean Potter


G. Heyer called the Public Hearing to order at 7:05 PM. The changes to the Bylaws, Subdivision Regulations and Appendices are a compilation of suggestions from the Selectboard, the DRB, public requests, Zoning Administrator’s suggestions, and items that were identified during the last revision.  The Planning Commission hopes to make the Bylaws more user friendly and easier to understand, with less guess work.  Each Article was discussed, and public input was encouraged.  The following subjects were brought up during the discussion:  format of the documents presented; impact fees; what is allowed in various districts; PUD’s; lot sizes in Growth Center; setbacks; site plan review; windmills, accessory structures; performance bonds; Section 3.5 on other Uses; density bonuses; exceptions to Bylaws;  accessory apartments;  deletion of section 4.11D regarding Shoreland District; location of driveways; changing the word “establish” in the height limit section; garbage collection areas; Certificates of Occupancy; commercial developments; number of homes on a driveway; fire protection; transmission and distribution lines; Goodall St. designation; and updated Zoning Map. The meeting ended with discussion on the next step, which includes: discussion by the Planning Commission regarding recommended changes, and the future public hearing to be presented by the Selectboard.


Exhibits Received:

            a.  Letter from Barbara Murphy, DRB Vice Chair, regarding PUD suggested recommendations.

Suggested items for additional discussion by the Planning Commission:

            a.  Size of lots in Growth Center

            b.  Permitted and Conditional Uses in various districts – PUD’s – remove residential only

            c.  Size of lot for PUD, now minimum of ½ acre.

            d.  Under PUD section, change “exceptions” to these Bylaws to “modifications”.

            e.  List for additional density bonuses for PUDs.

            f.  District setbacks for Accessory Apartments.

            g.  Section on Shoreland District - excavation on earth materials that was deleted.

            h.  Height Limit Section, new word instead of “establish” a maximum height limit.

            i.  Appendix A, add “and Driveway” to Vehicular Access Section.

            j.  Number of homes on a driveway, width of drive way, and fire safety considerations.

            k  Transmission and Distribution Lines in Appendix B – Definitions.

            l.  Issue of Commercial Projects, and how to ensure all conditions are met - no Certificate of Occupancy required.

            m. Updated Zoning Map from NWRP.



The next meeting will be at 7:30 on May 1, 2007 at the Town Office.



Respectfully Submitted,

Cathy Raymond, Zoning and Planning Assistant



Approved_____________________________________ Date______________, 2007