Planning Commission February 8, 2024 Minutes

TOWN OF NEWFANE PLANNING COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING
MINUTES of February 8, 2024

COMMISSION MEMBERS PRESENT: Kate Gehring, Nolan Edgar, Jane Douglas, James Bressor
OTHERS PRESENT (Newfane Town Office): Bill Morse, Jon Julian
OTHERS PRESENT (Zoom):

CALL TO ORDER
Kate called the meeting to order at 6:07 pm.

ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA
A motion was made by Jane and seconded by Kate to alter the agenda and start with the revolving loan fund for housing discussion.
The motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

MINUTES
A motion was made by Jane and seconded by Nolan to approve the January 17, 2024 special meeting minutes and the January 25, 2024 regular meeting minutes as presented.
The motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

PUBLIC COMMENT
Bill Morse attended the meeting but had to leave early. He will return at a future meeting.

OLD BUSINESS
Use of ARPA funds as a revolving loan fund for housing:
Jon Julian spoke about his experience owning and renovators rental properties in Williamsville. Commissioners discussed with Jon Julian how the Town could better serve renters and people developing housing. Commissioners still seeking feedback on revolving loan funds in other towns.

Development Review Board (DRB) update:
None.

Zoning Administrator position:
Kate gave a brief update on the process of selecting a new Zoning Administrator. The Commission will reach out to a possible candidate.

Bylaw Modernization Grant:
Commissioners agreed to hold a special meeting on February 16, 2024 to discuss and move forward the Windham Regional Commission’s recommended bylaw changes. Commissioners agreed to review the changes before the special meeting.

Short-term Rentals:
No update.

Broadband update, Deerfield Valley Communications District:
Jane gave update on recent work with the Deerfield Valley Communications Union District.

Report-back from Town Meetings and/or Selectboard meetings:
None.

Neighboring Town Planning Commission Collaboration:
No update.

NEW BUSINESS

Agenda setting for next meeting:

Commissioners discussed which items to include on the next meeting agenda.

Planning Commission vacancy:
Kate announced Planning Commission seat vacancy.

CORRESPONDENCE
Email received from the Vermont Community Leadership Network about upcoming workshops. Email received from a school that wants to do a project involving the Planning Commission.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by James and seconded by Nolan to adjourn the meeting at 8:03 pm. The motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

 

Respectfully Submitted,
Nolan Edgar