MINUTES of May 25, 2023
COMMISSION MEMBERS PRESENT: Kate Gehring, Nolan Edgar, Jane Douglas
OTHERS PRESENT: Matthew Turek, Rhonda Calhoun, Mary Topitzer, Sally Topitzer, Walt Dadik (Newfane DRB), Erica Walch, Ann Golob (Newfane Selectboard), Sue Westa (Windham Regional Commission), Mike McConnell (Windham Regional Commission)
CALL TO ORDER
Kate called the meeting to order at 6:05 pm.
ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA
A motion was made by Jane and seconded by Nolan to approve the regular meeting minutes of May 11 as presented. The motion carried unanimously by voice vote.
UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
Windham Regional Commission – Check-in:
Sue Westa conducted the Windham Regional Commission’s check-in. Sue gave a PowerPoint presentation and discussed needs and concerns with the Commission. Sue recommended the Commission begin the process of updating the Town Plan, starting next year (2024).
Bylaw Modernization Grant:
Sue Westa spoke with the Commission about the grant process. The Commission will decide whether or not to form a grant committee at their next meeting.
Floodplain & River Corridor Zoning bylaw revision proposal:
Ann Golob (Newfane Selectboard) agreed to ask Alyssa Sabetto (Windham Regional Commission) about producing an executive summary of the bylaw revision, to explain the changes simply.
Report-back from Town Meetings and/or Selectboard meetings:
Development Review Board (DRB) update:
Walt Dadik gave an update on recent/upcoming DRB work.
Broadband update, Deerfield Valley Communications District:
Jane gave update on recent work with the Deerfield Valley Communications Union District.
Planning Commission Emails:
Report-back from Southern Vermont Economy Summit:
Commissioners discussed their attendance at the 2023 Southern Vermont Economy Summit.
Agenda setting for June 8 meeting:
Commissioners discussed items to be put on the June 8, 2023, Planning Commission meeting agenda.
Community Center brain storm:
Commissioners agree to move item to the June 22, 2023, meeting agenda. Jane will reach out to Andy Snelling and the Townshend Planning Commission about joining the discussion at that meeting.
A motion was made by Jane and seconded by Kate to adjourn the meeting at 7:44 pm. The motion carried unanimously by voice vote.