TOWN OF RUTLAND

PLANNING COMMISSION

MINUTES

10-6-11

 

Meeting open at 7:00 PM

 

Commissioners Present:

 

Howard Burgess, Charles Vajda, Raymond Leonard, Andrew McKane and Anthony Flory, William Matteson

 

Mr. Leonard moved to approve the 8-4-11 minutes. Mr. McKane made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Mr. Flory moved to approve the 9-15-11 minutes. Mr. Vajda made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Mr. Matteson informed the Commissioners that the Select Board has asked the Planning Commission to resume work on the proposed zoning regulations.

 

Mr. Matteson said in the zoning rewrite the Commission should pay particular attention to the section regarding satellite dishes. He said some people regard regulating satellite dishes as tedious.

 

Mr. Matteson encouraged all commissioners to review the proposed zoning regulations and to raise any concerns they may have. Mr. Burgess inquired as to whether the Select Board had problems with the proposed Development Review Board (DRB). Mr. Matteson said everything is back on the table and the Commission will proceed and that whichever way the commission chooses is the correct way.

 

Mr. Matteson said the Commission could make changes to their proposal after receiving comments at the public hearings.

 

Mr. Matteson said the Commission would be working on the proposed zoning document with assistance from Mr. Mark Blucher, Executive Director of the Rutland Regional Planning Commission, and after going through the public hearing process will present a document to the Select Board.

 

Mr. Matteson said there needs to be a lot of participation in the writing of the zoning regulations. Mr. Matteson said he has spoken with a lot of individuals and they agree the proposed regulations are not too restrictive.

 

Mr. Leonard told Commissioners that he had spoken with former Planning Commission member Ms. Sharron Crowley, and that she wanted the Commission to know she supports zoning.

 

Mr. Matteson said approximately 20 years ago the Town sent out a survey regarding zoning regulations and that 75% of those responding wanted some form of zoning.

 

Mr. Leonard said the amount of input from the Commission was minimal considering the input from; the State, the Regional Commission, State law and the Town attorney. Mr. Matteson disagreed and said the Commission put a lot of time into the writing of the zoning regulations.

 

Town Administrator, Mr. Joseph Zingale Jr, reported to the Commissioners regarding the proposed mailing to the landowners in the vicinity of the proposed service road.

 

Mr. Zingale said he would send letters to all landowners on Randbury Road, The owners of the Green Mountain Shopping Plaza, Farrell Distributing Corp., Taco Bell, The Hampton Inn, The Holiday Inn, the Aspen Dental complex and Mr. John Kalish and the proposed Aldi’s Grocery Store.

 

Mr. Matteson said the Commission also needs to consider how the road would be funded and he suggested Mr. Blucher and Mr. Jamie Stewart from REDC also be invited to the meeting.

 

Mr. McKane made a motion to have Mr. Zingale send out the draft letter to the landowners within the aforementioned boundaries. Mr. Flory made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Mr. Matteson raised questions regarding the recent flooding. The Commissioners discussed the recent flooding.

 

Mr. McKane moved to close the meeting. Mr. Leonard made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

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William Matteson, Chairman