NORWICH PLANNING COMMISSION
Thursday, July 25, 2013, Tracy Hall
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
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
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
vi. Septic suitability studies completed and planned.
c. Dechert will prepare a Municipal Planning Grant application for submission in
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
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