PLANNING COMMISSION SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES of DECEMBER 2, 2021

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

OTHERS PRESENT: None.

CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 6:01pm by Ken Estey.

ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA
Ken offered the Planning Commission budget as an addition to the agenda. Ken gave update on the Planning Commission budget. Commission agrees to leave budget as line items, and that Ken should return to Newfane Town Treasurer Melissa Brown and advise her of the Commissions discussion.

MINUTES

Commission reviewed minutes of 7/22/2021 regular meeting. A motion was made by Lynn and seconded by Jane to approve the meeting minutes of 7/22/2021 as submitted. The motion carried unanimously by voice vote. Commission reviewed minutes of 8/12/2021 regular meeting. A motion was made by Kate and seconded by Jane to approve the meeting minutes of 8/12/2021 as submitted.
The motion carried unanimously by voice vote. Commission reviewed minutes of 8/4/2021 special meeting. A motion was made by Lynn and seconded by Nolan to approve the meeting minutes of 8/4/2021 as submitted. The motion carried unanimously by voice vote. Commission reviewed minutes of 8/9/2021 special meeting. A motion was made by Jane and seconded by Lynn to approve the meeting minutes of 8/9/2021 as submitted. The motion carried unanimously by voice vote. Commission reviewed minutes of 8/20/2021 special meeting. A motion was made by Jane and seconded by Kate to approve the meeting minutes of 8/20/2021 as submitted. The motion carried unanimously by voice vote. Commission reviewed minutes of 11/11/2021 regular meeting. A motion was made by Lynn and seconded by Jane to approve the meeting minutes of 11/11/2021 as submitted.
The motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
None.

OLD BUSINESS

Zoning Bylaw Priorities:
Commission had a discussion about Zoning Bylaws for Short-Term Rentals and Tiny Houses.
Commission agrees to work toward defining Tiny Houses and Short-Term Rentals in the Zoning Bylaws, separately.

Leland and Gray Student Engagement, Local Government:
Kate gave an update on the work being done to engage Leland and Gray students with local government.

Broadband Update, Deerfield Valley Communications Union District:
Jane gave report on recent work with the Deerfield Valley Communications Union District board.
Commission discussed the possibility and impact of using ARPA relief money to fund Broadband in Newfane.

Development Review Board (DRB) update:
Lynn gave report on recent/upcoming Newfane Development Review Board work.

Newfane ARPA Funding Survey, Next Steps:
Commission discussed next steps for the Newfane ARPA funding survey. Commission agrees to award meal vouchers to the first twenty-five online survey respondents and first twenty-five mail survey respondents. Commission agrees to count late survey submissions. Ken agrees to put together a summary/thank you post for Front Porch Forum, and an ad for newsprint, regarding the ARPA funding survey.

NEW BUSINESS

Meeting Schedule for December:
Commission discussed Planning Commission meeting schedule for December 2021.
Commission agrees to wait until next week to make final decision on having a special meeting on December 16.

CORRESPONDENCE
Letter received from Sarah Lang, Brattleboro Development Credit Cooperation, regarding opening of submissions for projects to be included in the Southern Vermont Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

ADJOURN
A motion was made by Lynn and seconded by Nolan to adjourn. The motion carried unanimously by voice vote and the meeting adjourned at 7:59PM.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nolan Edgar