FAIRFAX TOWN OFFICE
PC MEMBERS PRESENT: G. Heyer, M Hunziker, A. Lemieux, R. Wimble
PUBLIC PRESENT: S. Taylor
7:00 PM G. Heyer called the meeting to order. The Minutes from September 15, 2009 were reviewed A. Lemieux made a motion to accept the Minutes from September 15, 2009. M. Hunziker second. All in favor.
S. Taylor mentioned a DRB member had resigned and may have an interest in joining the PC. After much discussion it was determined that a 5 member board was most comfortable. There are no openings on the Board at this time. It was brought up that the terms for some of the members need to be updated by the Selectboard. The issue of roads was brought up also. The Board will ask G. Brunswick, NRPC, how other Towns define roads. The Planning Commission would like the Selectboard to reconsider requiring a road to be built for two or more houses, especially for short distances. M. Hunziker thought that future maintenance of a road is probably the main problem. It is possible to have a “country road look”, as long as it has the proper base. The Selectboard would like a joint meeting, before the Planning Commission makes any final decisions on the changes. This document will be a whole new set of Bylaws that will need to be adopted, not just amended.
Discussion centered on the “Draft Use Table 09/15/2009” that was proposed by G. Brunswick. The Board recommends the following changes be made:
1) “Multi-Family Dwellings”: The Board did not think it needed to be broken down into two categories, and that
the proposed use should require a DRB hearing in most districts.
2) “Retail Sales”: The Board did not think it needed to be broken down into two categories, and that the proposed
use should require a Conditional Use and Site Plan hearing in most districts.
3) “Personal or Professional Service” implies non-residential use, and the proposed use should require a DRB
hearing in most districts. “Small Rural Business (home or Principal Use)” does not need to be a separate
4) “Lodging Establishment” should require a Conditional Use and Site Plan hearing in most districts, with no
minimum number of rooms.
5) “Restaurant or Drinking Establishment” should require a Conditional Use and Site Plan hearing in most
6) “Industry, Light” should require a Conditional Use and Site Plan hearing in three districts and not allowed in
the Growth Center, the Conservation District, and the Recreation District.
7) “Bed and Breakfast” should require a Conditional Use and Site Plan hearing in most districts. There should be
no limitations to the number of rooms.
The board also recommends that “Rooming and Boarding House”, should also be included as a separate category with the definition changed to include “more than 2 rooms”
In broad terms, “Conditional Use” refers to the use being consistent with the character of the neighborhood, while “Site Plan Review” refers to the physical characteristics of the site such as parking, lighting, etc. The conditional use guidelines could be enhanced to include impact studies, etc. It was discussed that items such as State Permits are not the responsibility of the Town, and the Bylaws ad/or conditions on a project, should reflect only items that can be enforced by the Town.
Next meeting will be on October 20, 2009 with G. Brunswick.
8:55 PM A. Lemieux made a motion to adjourn. M. Hunziker second. All in favor.
Cathy Raymond, Zoning and Planning Assistant
Approved_____________________________________ Date______________, 2009
These minutes are unofficial until approved at the next regularly scheduled meeting.