Planning Commission Meeting Minutes: 2/11/2021

COMMISSION MEMBERS PRESENT: Ken Estey, Nolan Edgar, Jane Douglas, Lynn Forrest, Kate Gehring

OTHERS PRESENT: Jeanette Perry, Walter Dadik

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
Commission reviewed minutes of 1/28/20 meeting. A motion was made by Lynn and seconded by Jane to approve the minutes of 1/28/20. The motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
None.

OLD BUSINESS
Natural Burial Zoning Bylaw revision – review of accomplishment:
Lynn gave update on Natural Burial Zoning Bylaw revision. Newfane Selectboard will hold hearing on Sunday, February 28 at 2:00PM.

Broadband Update, Deerfield Valley Communications Union District:
Jane gave report on recent DVCUD meeting, project is moving forward.

Zoning Bylaw for Short Term Rentals – discussion, next steps:
Commission brainstormed methods to get feedback from non-short term rental owners. Commission members agree to each try to get three other people to review the draft short term rental bylaw amendment. Lynn agrees to seek out Vermont State short term rental statistics. Commission hopes to hold public hearing on the short term rental bylaw amendment by the end of May, 2021.

Selectboard meeting, Feb 15: Who will attend? / Topics – Town Plan / Short Term Rentals:
Commission agrees not to send any members to the Feb 15 Newfane Selectboard meeting. Ken agrees to notify Wannetta Powling.

Report, Development Review Board (DRB):
Walter Dadik gave report on Newfane Development Review Board work. Walter expresses interest in having the DRB review the short term rental bylaw amendment.

Update on food insecurity panel & Planning Commission proposal for date:
No update, Ken agrees to reply to Scotty Tabachnick’s inquiry.

Terms of Office, Reappointments to Planning Commission, next steps:
Ken reported on Planning Commission Terms of Office. Ken agrees to revise Terms of Office document to reflect current terms. Commission agrees to prepare for Newfane Selectboard organizational meeting in March.

NEW BUSINESS
No new business.

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 7:13pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nolan Edgar