COMMISSION MEMBERS PRESENT:
Kate Gehring, Nolan Edgar, Jane Douglas, James Bressor
CALL TO ORDER
Kate called the meeting to order at 6:04 p.m.
ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA
UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
Development Review Board (DRB) update:
Broadband update, Deerfield Valley Communications District:
Jane gave an update on recent work with the Deerfield Valley Communications Union District. The project is behind schedule but moving along.
Report back from Town Meetings and/or Selectboard meetings:
Jane reported on her attendance at the last Newfane Selectboard meeting. The Selectboard will vote on the Floodplain Bylaw revision at their next meeting. Planning Commission members will attend.
Bylaw Modernization Grant:
Sue Westa will give a presentation on behalf of the Windham Regional Commission at the September 28, 2023 Planning Commission meeting.
Floodplain & River Corridor Zoning bylaw revision proposal:
No update, besides the upcoming Selectboard vote on the Floodplain Bylaw revision at their next meeting.
Jane attended the short-term rental meeting in Wilmington on July 31, 2023. Jane learned about communities that add a 1% local options room tax. Newfane is currently restricted from adding a 1% local option because of State law. The commission will explore the idea more.
Newfane/Townshend/Brookline Joint Planning Commission Brainstorm – update:
The Commission will aim to meet with other Planning Commissions at the end of October 2023.
Agenda setting for next meeting:
Commissioners discussed items to be put on the September 28, 2023, Planning Commission meeting agenda.
Planning Commission vacancy:
Kate announced the Planning Commission seat vacancy. Commissioners will reach out to some people who have shown interest in joining the Commission.
Email received regarding the SoVT Get on Board leadership program.
A motion was made by Nolan and seconded by Jane to adjourn the meeting at 6:59 p.m. The motion carried unanimously by voice vote.