Planning Commission Minutes                     September 16, 2008



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

Public Present: S. Taylor, Z.A; J. Cleary; B. Ormerod; M. Beerworth; P. Lavallee; R. DeVine; R. Horr


7:30 PM   G. Heyer called the meeting to order. The minutes from September 2, 2008 were reviewed. 

A. Lemieux made a motion to accept the Minutes from September 2, 2008.  M. Hunziker second.  All in favor.  Members from the Selectboard, and two members from the public joined the Planning Commission.   A Municipal Planning Grant Application to revise the Zoning Bylaws and Subdivision Regulations was discussed.  G. Brunswick from Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NRPC) had prepared a project summary for the Boards’ review.  A Selectboard member will need to be in charge of administrating the automated grant process. Various issues were discussed.

            a) Road and Driveway standards

            b) Ordinances in agreement with Bylaws

            c)  Bridge and culvert policies

            d)  Infrastructure for web sites

            e)  Posting Bylaws on Internet

            f)  Development in Village Growth Center

            g)  Change of use as applied to sewer allocations

            h)  Lack of available money for municipal sewer and water

            i)  Town constables, sheriff, state police

            j)  Increased cost for fuel used by highway department

            k)  Drop in number of new home permits

            l)  Capital budget and impact fees

            m)  Tax implications for land put into Land Trust

            n) Storm water issues stemming from clearing land

            o)  Fixing roads from damage caused by water run-off

            p)  Safe Routes to school

            q) Sidewalk plan along Main Street (from Hunt Street to the Physical Therapy Building)

            r)  Repair of bridge in center of Town, detour route if Route 104 closed

            s)  SWIP, Solid Waste Implementation Plan

            t)  Possible requirements for dumpsters at construction sites

            u)  Unauthorized burning and enforcement issues

            v)  Upcoming hearing by NRPC regarding the revised Fairfax Town Plan

The Planning Commission thanked the Selectboard for their time and input.  M. Hunziker stated that the Board would appreciate being updated on any new issues with the Town. 


The next meeting will be a joint meeting with the Development Review Board on October 7, 2008.

9:00 PM  M. Hunziker made a motion to adjourn. D. Brown second.  All in favor.   



Respectfully Submitted,

Cathy Raymond, Zoning and Planning Assistant



Approved_____________________________________ Date______________, 2008



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