Category Archives: Planning Commission Meeting Minutes

The Town Office is closed to the public until further notice. Planning
Commission meetings are held via Zoom on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each
month at 6 pm. The posted agenda features the Zoom invitation for your
access via phone or video.

Planning Commission Meeting Minutes of October 22, 2020

COMMISSION MEMBERS PRESENT: Ken Estey, Nolan Edgar, Jane Douglas
OTHERS PRESENT:

CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 6:05pm by Ken Estey

ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA
Commission agreed to add discussion about recording future meetings for broadcast on Brattleboro Community Television to the next meeting agenda.

MINUTES
Commission agrees to hold off on approving minutes of 2/27/20, 8/13/20, and 10/8/20 until next meeting.

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
None

OLD BUSINESS
Short-term Rentals:
Commission discussion of Lynn’s documents. Commission agrees that Ken will contact Putney, Nolan will contact Dummerston, and Jane will contact Cambridge concerning how/where they define and regulate short-term rentals. Ken agrees to contact Vermont League of Cities and Towns to ask about zoning bylaw vs. ordinances as related to short-term rentals.

Commission agrees to push forward on bylaw definition. Ken agrees to check what ordinances exist currently. Commission agrees on a working group of Lynn and Nolan to go over Lynn’s gathered documents on short-term rentals.

Zoning Bylaw – setback language:
Update pushed to next meeting.

Broad-band Newfane:
Jane spoke of conversation with Emily Long concerning regional broadband initiative. Commission agrees that Newfane should be involved in regional broadband initiative. Ken agrees to contact Windham Regional Commission about broadband.

Planning Commission Membership:
Commission welcomes Jane Douglas as fourth Commissioner. Commission expresses need for fifth Commissioner.

NEW BUSINESS
None

CORRESPONDENCE
None

ADJOURN
A motion was made by Nolan and seconded by Jane to adjourn. The motion carried unanimously by
voice vote and the meeting adjourned at 7:08pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nolan Edgar

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES of OCTOBER 8, 2020

COMMISSION MEMBERS PRESENT: Ken Estey, Nolan Edgar, Lynn Forrest
OTHERS PRESENT: Jane Douglas (South Newfane resident), Walter Dadik (Newfane DRB), David Cotton (Newfane DRB)

CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 6:09pm by Ken Estey

ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA
There were no additions or amendments to the agenda.

MINUTES
Motion was made by Lynn to accept and approve minutes of 9/24/20 meeting. Nolan seconded the
motion and it carried unanimously by voice vote.

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
None

OLD BUSINESS
Short-term Rentals:
Lynn presented documents related to short-term rental discussion. Commission agrees to study documents. Lynn will talk to Merle Tessier to address Jane and Nolan’s question.
Zoning Bylaw – setback language:
David outlined Newfane DRB needs concerning zoning bylaw. David agrees to have the language ready in two weeks.

Planning Commission Membership:

Commission discussed Jane’s letter. Jane agrees to send letter to the Newfane Selectboard. Ken agrees to be in contact with the Newfane Selectboard.

NEW BUSINESS
None

CORRESPONDENCE
Jane’s letter expressing interest to become a Planning Commission member.

ADJOURN
A motion was made by Lynn and seconded by Nolan to adjourn. The motion carried unanimously by voice vote and the meeting adjourned at 7:37pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Nolan Edgar

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES of SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

COMMISSION MEMBERS PRESENT: Ken Estey, Nolan Edgar, Lynn Forrest
OTHERS PRESENT: Jane Douglas (South Newfane resident)

CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 6:01pm by Ken Estey

ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA
There were no additions or amendments to the agenda.

MINUTES
Motion was made by Lynn to accept no minutes from February 27 meeting. Short discussion followed and Lynn withdrew the motion. Lynn agrees to do minutes of February 27 meeting and August 11 meeting. A motion was made by Nolan to accept the minutes of August 27. The motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
Jane Douglas from South Newfane commended the Commision’s handling of the previous meeting’s zoom-bombing interruption.

OLD BUSINESS
Short-term Rentals:
Lynn presented write-up so far, Commission agrees on wording, Lynn will type up for next meeting.
Commission reviewed Dummerston zoning bylaw definitions. Lynn agrees to share relevant resources with the rest of the board. Commission agrees to finalize definition at next meeting.

Enhanced Energy Plan:

Lynn gave short update. Commission agrees to strike Enhanced Energy Plan from future agendas until further notice.
Zoning Bylaw – setback language:
Ken gave update on contact with Walt Dadik.

NEW BUSINESS
Lynn’s birthday!

CORRESPONDENCE
Bob McCandless retirement – Ken agrees to contact Bob about how he wishes to inform the Selectboard of his retirement.

ADJOURN
A motion was made by Lynn and seconded by Nolan to adjourn. The motion carried unanimously by
voice vote.

Respectfully Submitted,

Nolan Edgar