Planning Commission Minutes 5-30-19

Planning Commission 5-30-19

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 DATE: May 30th, 2019



Present: Chair Person Barbara Noyes-Pulling, Howard Burgess, Sherman Hunter, Norman Cohen, Andy McKane, Jerry Stearns, Mary Beth Poli, Jim Hall

Approval of the Agenda:

  1. Noyes-Pulling asked to amend the agenda to include a review the draft forms for a Boundary Line Adjustment. Mr. Hunter moved to approve amending the agenda. Mr. Burgess seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
  2. The Commission welcomed their newly appointed alternate, Jim hall

New Business: Review of the Storm Water Ordinance and draft permit forms;

  1. Reviewed the ordinance after Andres Torizzo from Watershed Consulting incorporated the changes which had previously discussed.
  2. There is a spot for a fee which would need to be decided on.
  3. Peterson reviewed 2 items.
    1. Changing acre to acres on the first page
    2. Clarifying what CGP meant
      1. It stands for Construction General Permit
    3. Cohen moved to adopt as corrected, for a period of 60 days, the 3 page draft application for land use disturbance permit. Mr. Hunter seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
    4. Discussed inviting Andres back to a meeting to go over additional questions and provide training.
      1. Cohen asked for field visits.
      2. A video screen with GIS mapping can be used to review different areas.
      3. Andres will be contacted to see if he is available for the July 11th meeting

New Business: Discussion of Storm Water Ordinance mailing and upcoming education/outreach programs;

  1. A mailing has gone out directly to the 41 high impact properties
  2. The Select Board approved a request to conduct some additional public outreach and training around this new ordinance and asked for ideas.
    1. The commission agreed Andres should attend.
    2. Discussed some additional questions and topics for Andres including what to do with conditions that existed prior to the start of the ordinance, and if they are grandfathered.
    3. Discussed resending the flyer again to the high impact properties, and including a letter explaining why they are receiving this information.
    4. Discussed setting a time for a public hearing with Andres in the near future.
    5. Discussed contacting Keith Whitcomb at the Rutland Herald to do a story.

New Business: Storm Water Ordinance revisions;

  1. The final draft with all revisions is being done by Andres to be provided to the Select Board for their June 11th

New Business: Commission to review the draft Boundary Line Adjustment Forms;

  1. ECOS Energy may be requesting a boundary line adjustment soon as they try to secure a right of way for road access
  2. McKane asked for language to be added which addresses the application certifying their adjustment does not violate any existing covenants or Act 250 permits.
  3. A line will be added to the instruction page, under section 2 to add this language.
  4. Stearns moved to approve all of the new Boundary Line Adjustment forms with the additional language. Ms. Poli seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Old Business: Select board public hearings on energy plan and other changes to Municipal Plan: May 28 and June 11:

  1. A few residents were present and gave testimony and asked questions.
  2. Reviewed the discussion from the board meeting about the ability to collect taxes for solar sites.
  3. If the energy plan does not pass, there would not be an energy target.
  4. The next hearing will be on June 11th at 7PM.
  5. If it is approved it will go to the Regional Planning Commission in September for approval.


Approval of minutes May 9th, 2019:

  1. Cohen suggested several clerical changes.
  2. Hunter moved to approve the minutes as amended. Ms. Poli seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


  1. A committee for the pocket park has been formed but a meeting is not yet scheduled.
  2. Cohen thanked Ms. Noyes-Pulling and Mr. Peterson for their presentation to the Select Board.


Mr. Stearns moved to adjourn. Mr. Burgess seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 8:16 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Bill Sweet




Barbara Noyes-Pulling

Rutland Town Planning Commission Chair