COMMISSION MEMBERS PRESENT: Kate Gehring, Jane Douglas, James Bressor
CALL TO ORDER
Kate called the meeting to order at 6:10 p.m.
ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA
A motion was made by Jane and seconded by Kate to approve the July 13, 2023, Planning Commission regular meeting minutes as presented.
The motion passed by voice vote, with James abstaining.
A motion was made by James and seconded by Jane to approve the July 27, 2023, Planning Commission regular meeting minutes as presented.
The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.
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. Progress is continuing in Readsboro.
Report back from Town Meetings and/or Selectboard meetings:
Bylaw Modernization Grant:
Floodplain & River Corridor Zoning bylaw revision proposal:
The Selectboard will be holding a public hearing for the Floodplain and River Corridor Zoning Bylaw proposed changes on Monday, August 21, 2023, at 6:00 PM.
Jane reported on the short-term rental meeting in Wilmington. It was a presentation by the Bi-town Housing Rental Sub-committee to the Selectboards of Wilmington and Dover. They pointed out that both towns already have the 1% local sales tax option, which means they get money for every STR in their towns through AirBnB and VBRO, and have AirDNA to tell them how many STR there are in town. Now, they are looking at what kind of regulations they need to handle problems with STR. Commissioners will discuss more at their next meeting.
Newfane/Townshend/Brookline Joint Planning Commission Brainstorm – update:
Agenda setting for next meeting:
Commissioners agreed not to hold a regular meeting on August 24, 2023. Jane will check with Wannetta Powling about using the Town’s Zoom account to host Planning Commission meetings.
Planning Commission vacancy:
Kate announced the Planning Commission seat vacancy.
A motion was made by Jane and seconded by James to adjourn the meeting at 7:06 p.m.
The motion carried unanimously by voice vote.