Planning Commission Regular Meeting Minutes of March 11, 2021

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

OTHERS PRESENT: Jeanette Perry, Gloria Cristelli, Scotty Tabachnick, Christine Colascione, Rev. Robert Hamm

CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 6:17pm by Ken Estey.

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

MINUTES
Commission reviewed minutes of 2/25/21 meeting. A motion was made by Kate and seconded by Jane to approve the minutes of 2/25/21. The motion carried 3-0 by voice vote, with Nolan and Lynn abstaining.

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
None.

OLD BUSINESS

Newfane Food Insecurity Panel & Discussion:
Gloria Cristelli, Rev. Robert Hamm, Scotty Tabachnick, & Christine Colascione each presented information on food insecurity in Newfane. The panel then broke into open discussion with questions from Commissioners. Food insecurity, affordable housing, transportation, and internet access were all discussed.

Broadband Update, Deerfield Valley Communications Union District:
Jane gave report on recent DVCUD activity; lots of meetings. Jane and Luke Stafford to be reappointed to the committee at next Newfane Selectboard meeting.

Zoning Bylaw for Short Term Rentals – next steps discussion:
Lynn gave update on where where the draft bylaw is at. Nolan agreed to review next draft of the bylaw amendment. Lynn noted that there are two bills in the Vermont State House currently regarding short term rental regulation. Commissioners agree to continue seeking peer feedback on draft zoning bylaw amendment.

Next Selectboard meeting, Who will attend? / Topics – Town Plan / Short Term Rentals:
Jane will attend the next Newfane Selectboard meeting. Jane agrees to introduce Planning Commission agenda item to the newly appointed members.

Development Review Board (DRB) Report:
None.

Update, Planning the Work of the Planning Commission:
Ken gave update on 2/9/21 meeting with Kate. Ken and Kate plan to review the Town Plan section by section to identify core value and core action steps for each section. Ken and Kate will keep the rest of the Commission up to date on their work together.

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 8:13pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nolan Edgar