TOWN OF RUTLAND
PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
JULY 1, 2010
The meeting opened at 7:00 P.M.
Howard Burgess, Dick Hoenes, Raymond Leonard, William Matteson, Jerry Stearns, Tom Turner and Charles Vajda.
Review of the June 17, 2010 Minutes
There were several changes to the minutes as follows: Byways are certified every five years, insert the word "as" before scenic on Page 2, specify that Mr. Turner said the Chairman should sign the letter written by Mr. Ruggerio, the deeds of the property owners of Amanda Place state that the road will not be taken over by the Town and Business Route 4 will also be included in the proposed Byway.
Mr. Leonard motioned to accept the minutes with these changes and Mr. Burgess seconded the motion. All were in approval with the exception of Mr. Hoenes who abstained since he did not attend the June 17th meeting.
Prior to this meeting, the Commission had reviewed the 2009 letter that the Commission sent to the Select Board last year regarding reasons the Town should not take over Amanda Place as a Town road. There was a lengthy discussion on the history of the original subdivision. The Planning Commission originally approved the subdivision with the condition that the Town would not take over the road until it was brought up to specs. The contractor had originally written the proper specs in his plan but never followed through. The deeds for all property owners on Amanda Place state that the Town will not take over the road without it being brought up to specifications.
Mr. Zingale made up a list of other private roads in the Town that had three or more homes on them and the list numbered twenty-nine. Mr. Burgess said he felt if the Select Board votes to take over Amanda Place then all these other twenty-nine roads would have a case to ask for the same. He also added that there is still a question as to what is underneath the road and said he doesn't feel there has been enough research to determine this. Mr. Matteson said that if Amanda Place is taken over by the Town by vote of the Select Board, then this would undermine the authority of the Planning Commission and the written subdivision rules. He said this would also not be fair to those people who were compliant with the rules. Mr. Turner said that if the residents of Amanda Place want the Town to take over the road then they should go back to the developer and have the developer fix the road as originally planned.
Mr. Stearns suggested that Mr. Matteson send the original letter to the Select Board along with a cover letter including the information on the other twenty-nine private roads and stating that the Planning Commission is still against the Town taking over the road. Mr. Hoenes made a motion to this affect and Mr. Stearns seconded the motion. All were in approval. Mr. Matteson asked that Mr. Zingale double check with Mr. Flory on his stance on the subject. Mr. Matteson stated that he had talked to Mr. McKane and he is against the Town taking over the road.
Mr. Matteson received a copy of the Chittenden Town Plan.
Mr. Turner asked if the Commission ever received a letter of acceptance of the Rutland Town Plan from the Rutland Regional Planning Commission as requested of Mr. Nicholson at the April 27th Select Board meeting. Mr. Zingale will check on this.
The Planning Commission received correspondence on the amendment to the Chase Green Mountain Act 250 permit regarding changes to the traffic flow and a letter from the RRPC stating approval of the Thomas subdivision. A letter was also received on the State's initiative of Challenge for Change.
Mr. Burgess asked if the issue of the Planning Commission members getting paid to attend classes has been resolved. Mr. Matteson said that he will bring this up at the next Select Board meeting.
Mr. Leonard motioned to end the meeting. Mr. Hoenes seconded the motion. All were in approval. The meeting ended at 7:42 P.M.
William Matteson, Chairman Date