Norwich Planning Commission Meeting Minutes Thursday, July 25, 2013
NORWICH PLANNING COMMISSION Meeting Minutes Thursday, July 25, 2013, Tracy Hall Regular Meeting Members Present: Tom Gray, Daniel Johnson, Richard Stucker, Susan Brink Members Absent: Bill Flynn, Nancy LaRowe, Jeff Goodrich Clerk: Phil Dechert Others: Brandy Saxton Tom Gray, Chair, called the meeting to order at 6:06 PM. 1. Agenda –Approved 2. Minutes – 7-11-13 –approved without changes 3. Announcements & Reports, Correspondence & Updates: a. Communication Tower - Section 248a Permitting – Dechert reported the final permit application was submitted July 19. And there is a 21-day deadline for adjoining land owners and other interested parties to file comments/requests. b. Pool – The state has not yet made a final decision to allow reconstruction of the dam. 4. Route 5 South/River Road Study Area a. Brandy Saxton, planning consultant with PlaceSense, met with the Commission to discuss the Route 5 South/River Road Study Area planning project and a Municipal Planning Grant Application. Previous project outlines and maps were reviewed. b. Issues discussed included: i. Applicability of state planning goals to the project ii. Applicability of state growth center type programs iii. Public participation process including community workshops, design charrettes, displays at public events, surveys, and other techniques to involve a larger cross-section of residents. iv. Implementation concepts including conventional zoning/PUDs, form based codes, design guidelines, and inclusionary zoning. v. TRORC concerns with development near Interstate interchanges and sprawl. vi. Septic suitability studies completed and planned. c. Dechert will prepare a Municipal Planning Grant application for submission in September. 5. Selectboard Strategic Planning Request In response to the June 21, 2013 request from the Chair of the Selectboard for Strategic Plan input, Dechert was asked to draft a memo for submission to the Selectboard with Chapter 2: Norwich Town Plan – Implementation Program. This will be reviewed at the next PC meeting and then to the sent to the Selectboard. 6. Meeting Adjourned at 7:55 PM. Phil Dechert, Clerk APPROVED 8/8/13 Future Meetings: Thursday, August 8, 2013 – Regular Meeting To receive email notices of Planning Commission meetings and hearings, agendas, minutes and other notices, send an email to asking to be placed on the Planning Commission Email List. All Planning Commission agendas and minutes may be found at:
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