Planning Commission Meeting Minutes: 11/25/2020

COMMISSION MEMBERS PRESENT: Ken Estey, Nolan Edgar, Jane Douglas, Lynn Forrest
OTHERS PRESENT: Walter Dadik (Newfane DRB), Jeanette Perry (Newfane resident) Karen Kray

CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 6:04pm by Ken Estey

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

MINUTES
Commission reviewed minutes of 11/12/20 meeting. A motion was made by Lynn and seconded by Jane to approve the minutes of 11/12/20. The motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
None

OLD BUSINESS
Selectboard Meeting Coverage:
Commission discussed having an ongoing presence at Newfane Selectboard meetings. Commission agrees to work toward getting Selectboard coverage, with the goal of having deeper coordination and collaboration between the Planning Commission and the Selectboard.

Budget for 2021-2022:
Ken informed Commission of his communication with Wannetta Powling, gave update on budget status. Ken agrees to follow up with Wannetta about the budget.

Broadband, Newfane:
Jane gave update on her research about the Deerfield Valley Communications Union District. A motion was made by Nolan and seconded by Lynn that the Commission formally request to the Selectboard that the town of Newfane join the Deerfield Valley Communications Union District. The motion carried unanimously by voice vote. Commission agrees that Jane will attend the next Selectboard meeting to discuss request. Ken agrees to contact Wannetta to ensure Jane is on the agenda.

Short-term Rentals:
Lynn presents work on draft ordinance/bylaw. Lynn and Nolan agree to continue working on ordinance vs. bylaw question. Lynn agrees to send 4 additional documents on short-term rentals to rest of Commission. Lynn agrees to make additions and corrections to current Short-Term Rental bylaw/ordinance document. Lynn and Nolan agree to contact Windham Regional Commission to see if they have any insights on short-term rental bylaws and ordinances.

Report from Development Review Board (DRB):
Walt gave update on Zoning Bylaw setback language and decision to leave bylaw as is. Walt gave update on recent Development Review Board work.

NEW BUSINESS
None.

CORRESPONDENCE
Letter and email from Vermont Council on Rural Development. Letter from Tucker Wimmelmen.

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 8:11pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nolan Edgar