NORWICH PLANNING COMMISSION
Thursday, February 28, 2013, Tracy Hall
Members Present: Ralph Hybels, Tom Gray, Richard Stucker, Anne Silberfarb, Daniel Johnson
Members Absent: Jeff Goodrich, Susan Brink
Clerk: Phil Dechert Others:
Tom Gray, Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:12 PM.
1. Agenda – Approved.
2. Minutes – 2-14-13 –approved without changes
3. Announcements & Reports & Correspondence -
4. Zoning Permit and Hearing Fees – The Commission reviewed and discussed a
proposed new schedule of fees for zoning permits and DRB hearings prepared by
Dechert. In addition to the proposed fee schedule, examples of total fees for different
types and sizes of projects were presented along with comparisons with the fees charged
by other towns in the area for similar projects. Although a few members thought the fees
could be increased more than the 20 to 30% proposed, it was agreed to send the fee
schedule as proposed to the Selectboard for approval and review the fees again next year.
5. Review of Planning Commission Climate Change Adaptation Initiatives
In response to earlier discussions of the importance of taking steps to adapt to climate
changes, a list of current initiatives by the Planning Commission was reviewed. Most of
the initiatives addressed storm water issues including fluvial erosion and inundation
flooding. Energy efficiency related to both land use design and buildings was included
along with ground water conservation. The list will be reformatted for the next meeting.
6. Membership – Members will continue to reach out to potential candidates for the two
openings available on May 1
7. Meeting Adjourned at 8:35 PM.
Phil Dechert, Clerk APPROVED 3/14/13
Future Meetings: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7 PM – Regular Meeting
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