TOWN OF RUTLAND

PLANNING COMMISSION

MINUTES

5-17-12

 

Meeting open at 7:00 PM

 

Commissioners Present:

 

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

 

Mr. Leonard moved to approve the 5-3 minutes with corrections. Mr. McKane made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Mr. Matteson read a draft zoning transmission letter to be sent to the Select Board from the Planning Commission. Mr. Matteson said Ms. Schreibman, acting Executive Director of the Rutland Regional Planning Commission, had prepared the letter.

 

Mr. McKane made a motion to send the proposed zoning regulations to the Select Board. Mr. Leonard made a second to the motion.

 

Mr. Burgess cited the fact he had been directed to speak to the owners of the Heritage Hill Development regarding a request to change a portion of the Heritage Hill land from commercial to conservation. Mr. Burgess said he is still waiting to hear back from a Heritage Hill official.

 

Mr. Matteson said he does not think the Commission should change the Heritage Hill designation without talking to Heritage Hill officials. Mr. Matteson said the Select Board could make the requested change.

 

Mr. Burgess cited the fact that the Commission had made changes to the zoning map and did so by following property lines. He said if the Heritage Hill change is made there are no lines to follow because the land requested to be changed is part of a large parcel. Mr. Burgess said the Town would not be consistent if a portion of a property was changed and not the entire parcel.

 

Mr. Burgess cited the fact that the Commission changed the Hathaway land from residential to residential/commercial. He said by following the property lines the homes on Curtis Brook Road now have land designated as commercial right up to their property lines. Mr. Burgess said in some cases you cannot stick to property lines.

 

Mr. Matteson called for the vote. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Town Selectman Mr. John Paul Faignant and Mr. Matteson presented Town resident Richard Hoenes Sr., with a plaque thanking him for his 24 years of service on the Town Planning Commission.

 

Mr. Faignant read the inscription on the plaque and presented the plaque to Mr. Hoenes. Mr. Hoenes said joined the Planning Commission because he wanted to get involved in Town government and do something for the Town, when he moved into Rutland Town.

 

Mr. Matteson & Mr. Faignant also posthumously presented a plaque to the memory of Mr. Tom Turner, who served on the Town Planning Commission as well as the Town Select Board and Bypass Committee.  The inscription on the plaque states that Mr. Turner gave a great deal of his time considering planning development matters for the Town of Rutland.

 

Mr. Matteson said Mr. Turner made the Planning Commission look good. He said Mr. Turner never took credit for the work he did.

 

Mr. Burgess moved to close the meeting. Mr. Vajda made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

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William Matteson, Chairman