Planning Commission Meeting Minutes: 11/12/2020

COMMISSION MEMBERS PRESENT: Ken Estey, Nolan Edgar, Jane Douglas
OTHERS PRESENT: Jeanette Perry (Newfane resident)

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

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

MINUTES
Commission reviewed minutes of 10/22/20 meeting. A motion was made by Nolan and seconded by Jane to approve the minutes of 10/22/20. The motion carried 3-0 by voice vote, with Lynn abstaining.

Commission reviewed minutes of 10/8/20 meeting. A motion was made by Lynn and seconded by Nolan to approve the minutes of 10/8/20. The motion carried 3-0 by voice vote, with Jane abstaining. Ken agrees to provide info to Lynn for 2/27/20 minutes.

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
Jeanette gave an introduction of herself to the commission.

OLD BUSINESS

Short-term Rentals:
Ken gave update from contact with Vermont League of Cities and Towns. Jane gave update on contacts with Cambridge and Wilmington. Evan spoke about Brattleboro STR Ordinance. A motion was made by Lynn and seconded by Nolan that the Planning Commission will adopt the definition of Short Term Rentals per Vermont Statute 179 (“As used in this subdivision, “short-term rental” means a furnished house, condominium, or other dwelling room or self-contained dwelling unit rented to the transient, traveling, or vacationing public for a period of fewer than 30 consecutive days and for more than 14 days per calendar year.”) in their working documents on Short Term Rentals. The motion carried unanimously by voice vote. Lynn and Nolan agree to continue their work group on Short Term Rentals.

Zoning Bylaw – setback language:
Ken gave update on setback language. Ken agrees to ask Walter Dadik and David Cotton to appear at next Commission meeting.

Broad-band Newfane:
Ken gave update on broadband and his communication with Windham Regional Commission. Jane agrees to further research the broadband question.

Planning Commission Membership:
Ken shared the Town of Newfane Planning Commission Membership and Term of Office document with Commission.

Planning Commision and BCTV:
Nolan outlined process for recording Commission meetings and having them shown on Brattleboro Community Television. Evan spoke in support of recording meetings. Commission agrees that Nolan will record future meetings for broadcast on Brattleboro Community Television.

NEW BUSINESS

Budget for 2021-2022:
Ken presented Planning Commission budget for FY21. A motion was made by Lynn and seconded by Nolan that the Planning Commission request $2,500 from the Selectboard for the 2021-2022 fiscal year as presented by Chairman Ken. The motion carried unanimously by voice vote. Ken agrees to contact Wannetta Powling and Melissa Brown about the budget.

CORRESPONDENCE
None

ADJOURN
A motion was made by Nolan and seconded by Lynn to adjourn. The motion carried unanimously by voice vote and the meeting adjourned at 7:52pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nolan Edgar