Planning Commission Minutes ††††††††††††††††††† June 2, 2009

 

FAIRFAX TOWN OFFICE

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

PUBLIC PRESENT: S. Taylor, ZA

 

7:00 PM G. Heyer called the meeting to order. S. Taylor informed the Planning Commission that the Planning Grant that was approved last fall needs a resolution by the Selectboard to appoint a new Authorizing Official and an alternate Official. The only Authorizing Official is J. Cleary, who has left the Selectboard.G. Heyer signed the resolution for the PC.After this resolution is complete, some of the funds from the Grant can be released. The Minutes from May 19, 2009 were reviewed.M. Hunziker made a motion to accept the Minutes from May 19, 2009. R. Wimble second.All in favor.

 

Mark Hunziker shared a map of the Town Water and Sewer lines with the Board.He noticed the boundaries of the Growth Center do not correspond with the infrastructure of the Town.It would make sense to change the Growth Center boundaries to the north to have the current sewer and water lines included as part of the Growth Center.

 

S. Taylor summarized the last meetingís discussion on density in the proposed Agricultural/Forest/Rural Residential District (A/F/RR District). There was much discussion on PUDs , on lot sizes, and on density requirements.The Planning Commission considered the following recommendations:

1)†††† Minimum lot size in the A/F/RR District shall remain at two (2) Acres per unit, except in PUDís.

2)††† Any subdivision in the A/F/RR District of 3 or more lots within a five year period must be a Planned Unit

††††† Development (PUD).PUDs in the A/F/RR District are required to preserve at least 50% of the parcel as open

†††††† land (with no further development allowed.)The maximum density of one unit for every two acres shall apply to

††† ††these PUDs, but with no minimum lot size.(Example, a 50 acre lot can possibly have up to 25 homes and must have

†††† at least 25 acres of open space.)

††††††††††† 2a)††† The creation of a third or subsequent lot within a 5 year period will be treated as a PUD and will require

††††††††††††††††††† sufficient open space as if the first and second lots were included in the PUD (50% of the total acreage of all

††††††††††††††††††† lots created, including the first two lots, must be designated as open space).

3)††† Design standards that address clustering of homes, setbacks, and the general look of the PUD development will need to be incorporated into the Bylaws.

 

The Town focus on agriculture was discussed.G. Heyer talked about the doubtful future of farming in Fairfax.Milk prices for farmers are extremely low and expenses are higher than income.The land in Vermont is not viable farm country compared to other parts of the country where the farms are huge commercial operations.M. Hunziker thought the mandate from the residents of Fairfax was to preserve open land, not necessarily actual farms.

 

The upcoming public forum (scheduled for June 23, 2009) to get input from landowners was discussed. The Town hopes to allow development while preserving open space.A. Lemiuex mentioned the need for visuals at the forum (for lots of 5 acres, 10 acres or 100 acres) to help explain the proposed changes.††

 

The next meeting will be on June 16, 2009 with G. Brunswick.

8:30PM M. Hunziker made a motion to adjourn.D. Brown second.All in favor.

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Respectfully Submitted,

Cathy Raymond, Zoning and Planning Assistant

 

 

Approved_____________________________________ Date______________, 2009

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Chair)

 

These minutes are unofficial until approved at the next regularly scheduled meeting.