TOWN OF RUTLAND
PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
FEBRUARY 19, 2009
The meeting opened at 7:00 P.M.
Commission members present: Howard Burgess, Anthony Flory, Richard Hoenes, Richard Lloyd, William Matteson, Tom Turner and Charles Vajda.
Review of the 2/5/2009 Minutes
Mr. Turner had prepared a change to the “Closed Deliberative Sessions” section. There were also a couple of minor changes in other sections. Mr. Lloyd motioned to accept the minutes with these changes and Mr. Turner seconded the motion. All were in approval.
The Rutland Town Plan
Tara Kelly of the Rutland Regional Planning Commission and Jamie Stewart from the Rutland Economic Development Corporation were present to discuss the Economic section of the plan.
Ms. Kelly said she had melded in some of the items Mr. Turner brought up from the Rutland Regional Planning Commission’s newsletter at the January 22, 2009 meeting.
Under the Economic Section, Mr. Burgess asked about adding VELCO and CVPS as good employers paying good wages along with General Electric. Mr. Stewart also mentioned the Rutland Regional Medical Center, the Supervisory Union and Killington. Ms. Kelly said she would check the source on seasonal work at Killington. Mr. Stewart said that numbers could be worked up on what portion of total wages these companies represent and that perhaps listing the top five employers would be the way to go.
Mr. Turner brought up that not all Rutland Town is serviced by the City for water, citing wells and Fire Districts. He also brought up that he felt that the zoning document, which was prepared by the Planning Commission, should be listed as currently under review.
Under the section on the Stafford Technical Center it was thought that other facilities in the area, like CCV and other colleges should be mentioned.
Under the “ensure agricultural viability”, it was suggested that positive trends be mentioned and that perhaps this section would be better off in the Opportunities portion of the plan vs. Objectives.
Mr. Lloyd brought up the Transportation section and said that the Commission has yet to hear from Mr. Robert Ide, the Rail Program Manager for VTRANS, concerning switching times at certain crossings. Mr. Lloyd would like him to come to a meeting. Mr. Zingale is going to try to contact him again.
Mr. Turner mentioned one typo to Chart #3. He then motioned to approve this section with that change. Mr. Hoenes seconded the motion. All approved.
Mr. Turner suggested that a word other than “critical” be used to describe the importance of child care. Mr. Turner motioned to accept this section with that change. Mr. Lloyd seconded the motion. All were in approval.
Mr. Turner thought that it would be wise to table this section until the publication “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” can be reviewed by the Commission. Mr. Lloyd made a motion to table this section. Mr. Hoenes seconded the motion. All were in approval.
Hubbard Preliminary Subdivision Hearing
Tracy and Nancy Hubbard were present to discuss their proposed subdivision.
Mr. Burgess asked if Mr.Matteson was going to recuse himself due to his perceived friendship with the Martins.
Mr. Matteson said that he would step aside on the vote but felt he should be able to discuss the subdivision as notated in the 8/3/06 and 1/8/09 minutes.
Mr. Matteson said that the Commission would need to be sure to refer to the Rutland Town Code book and the Court decision when reviewing this subdivision.
The Hubbards are requesting a partial waiver on the trees, i.e. showing the tree line but not all trees. They are also requesting a partial waiver on contours.
Mr. Matteson asked if there were any wells or springs on Constance Cook’s property and Mr. Hubbard said not within one hundred feet.
Mr. Turner read off the requirements of a subdivision under section 185-25 as to what waivers were needed.
Mr. Hubbard said that easements will be shown.
A well protection area is depicted on the map.
Mr. Hoenes said another “W” was needed on the map between the well and the culvert as the water line appears to stop.
The access to the new lot will be from Stratton Road so there will be no land-locked parcel. Mr. Matteson said that the map needs to show the right of way from Stratton Road to the two acre parcel (lot 2 of the Avery parcel) on the small locus map.
Mr. Zingale said not to put a road name on until they discuss this issue with him.
A house is intended to be built in the Avery lot eventually.
The lot line adjustment with Ed Dumas Jr. was discussed. The lack of an agreement is holding up the recording of the Dumas map and this subdivision. It was previously agreed to that the lawyer for Mr. Hubbard, Matt Branchaud, would draw up an agreement for both parties to sign. Mr. Dumas Sr. said that his son has a different lawyer than they do and that is who should be contacted.
Mr. Matteson said that the proposed boundary line should be shown in the legend on this subdivision, that lot 2 have the Hubbard name on it as long as it has been transferred and recorded and that Avery Lot # 1 show the name of the Trust.
A site visit was discussed. Mr. Dumas Sr. said that the site visit should be done when there is no snow on the ground.
Mr. Turner said that a licensed professional should be consulted concerning the issue of adequate storm water drainage as the Environmental Court stated the need for this under 185-55.
Mr. Lloyd motioned to have a site visit March 16, 2009 at 4:00 P.M. Mr. Flory seconded the motion. All were in approval. Mr. Matteson and Mr. Hoenes will go on an alternate date due to prior commitments.
Mr. Turner motioned to grant the following partial waivers:
# 14 of 185-25 of the Rutland Town Code Book (Water line)
# 18 of 185-25 of the Rutland Town Code Book (Tree Line)
# 20 of 185-25 of the Rutland Town Code Book (Contours)
Mr. Hoenes seconded the motion. All were in approval.
Mr. Lloyd motioned to accept the preliminary subdivision with the changes outlined at this meeting. Mr. Vajda seconded the motion. All were in approval.
Mr. Hoenes motioned to end the meeting. Mr. Flory seconded the motion. All were in approval. The meeting ended at 9:15 P.M.
William Matteson, Chairman Date