• Town of Weathersfield, Vermont

  • Town of Weathersfield, Vermont

  • Town of Weathersfield, Vermont

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FINAL
TOWN OF WEATHERSFIELD, VERMONT
MINUTES OF PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
Monday, June 26, 2017

I. Chair, Julie Schmitz called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.

II. Introductions: Nancy Heatley, Julie Schmitz, Paul Tillman, Michael Todd, Gil Whittemore (joined the meeting by phone), Hal Wilkins (Land Use Administrator) Julia Lloyd Wright, Energy Coordinator (ex-officio)
Visitors: None

III. Agenda Review - Item VI. Status of Roisman Subdivision Application moved to ‘Discussion’ following Zoning Bylaw Revisions.

IV. Comments from Public - None

V. Approval of Meeting Minutes of May 28, 2017 and June 12, 2017.
A motion to approve the Minutes of May 28, 2017 with changes, was made by Michael Todd, seconded by Nancy Heatley. Voted unanimously.
A motion to approve the Minutes of June 12, 2017 with corrections, was made by Michael Todd, seconded by Nancy Heatley. Voted unanimously.

VI. Discussion
Zoning Bylaws Revisions (Continued from June 12, 2017 meeting; Revisions requested by PC included)
Home-Based Businesses
Home-Based Occupation and Home-Based Business -
1. Definitions. Added: 1.3 “Home-Based Businesses and Occupations shall not be regulated as an accessory use.”
3. Home-Based Business - Level 1. Last sentence of 3.1 was changed to read: “The Level 1 Home-Based Business meets all the criteria below.”

June 26, 2017 Bylaw revisions of the June 12, 2017 version, approved by the Planning Commission, will be sent by Hal Wilkins to Jason Rasmussen, Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) and the Town Attorney for their comments before forwarding them to the selectboard.

Gasoline Stations/Convenience Stores
The June 12, 2017 version of the Bylaw was approved by the Commission.

Outdoor Lighting
Following discussion, 3.7 was added: “Mere visibility of a light source from an adjacent or nearby property does not constitute the directing of a light onto that property.”
The June 12, 2017 version of the Bylaw was approved by the Commission.

Signs
Numbering was removed from the four Signage categories and a sentence added to the first paragraph: “All signs require a Zoning Permit unless exempt in this ordinance.”
Home Business was corrected to read “Home-Based Business 1 Signage” and Home Business 2 Signage corrected to read Home-Based Business 2 Signage.”
The following was amended: “Signs that are in disrepair or are no longer serving their intended purpose shall be removed.”
The June 12, 2017 version of the Bylaw was approved by the Commission.

Setback Waivers
6.9.2 Allowable Waivers.
a. ”Village Zoning District” has been changed to read: “Ascutney Center District, Perkinsville Village Center and Perkinsville Greater District.”
b) Now reads: “Waivers shall not be granted for any of the other requirements in the Zoning Bylaws.”
The June 12, 2017 version of the Bylaw was approved by the Commission.

Off-Street Parking
Change to this Bylaw will be discussed a the next meeting.

A motion was made by Michael Todd to move the following five Zoning Bylaws:
Home-Based Occupation and Home-Based Business; Gasoline Stations/Convenience Stores; Outdoor Lighting; Signs; and Setback Waivers, with corrections on June 26, 2017, to the Selectboard. Seconded by Paul Tillman, Voted unanimously with Gil Whittemore abstaining.

VII. Land Use Administrator Notes
Enforcement Actions
Complaints are still being received from neighbors regarding odor from a local pig farm. Hal Wilkins will meet with a state agriculture representative to find solution.
A local junkyard is in violation and Hal Wilkins is working with the owner and a landscaping company is also in violation accumulating outbuildings , supplies and equipment.

Julie Schmitz suggested the Planning Commission meet with members of the Zoning Board to discuss changes. An invitation to attend the next Planning Commission meeting on either July 10 or 24, 2017 was put forward by Gil Whittemore.

Discussion - Status of Roisman Subdivision Application
Gil Whittemore recused himself from the proceedings.
The Commission reviewed a draft of the Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Conditions.
Anthony Roisman requested the opportunity to meet with the Planning Commission. In the Decision the Planning Commission grants the Applicants (Anthony Roisman/Gabrielle Popp) sixty (60) days to submit a new, complete subdivision application and waives the fees for this new application process. Hearings will be warned to include abutting landowners and other interested parties.

VIII. Adjournment
A motion was made by Michael Todd to adjourn at 8:57pm, seconded by Paul Tillman. Voted unanimously.

The next meeting will be held on Monday July 10, 2017 at 7pm.