NORWICH PLANNING COMMISSION
Thursday, January 10, 2013, Tracy Hall
Members Present: Ralph Hybels, Tom Gray, Daniel Johnson, Anne Silberfarb, Jeff Goodrich,
and Susan Brink
Members Absent: Richard Stucker
Clerk: Phil Dechert Others: Ames Byrd
Tom Gray, Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:09 PM.
1. Agenda – Approved.
2. Comments from the Public –
a. Ames Byrd provided additional information on his proposal for a 1500’ setback
for cell towers from residential buildings.
3. Minutes – 12-13-12 – Public Hearing Minutes; 12-13-12 Regular Minutes both approved
4. Announcements & Reports & Correspondence -
a. Dechert attended an invasive plant discussion related to town highway policies.
He will recommend that an inventory and town policy be considered to the Town
Manager. Public Works is already working on an invasive plant policy related to
5. Subdivision Regulation Revisions -
a. A few changes to the proposed Subdivision Regulation Amendments were
discussed (1-10-13 Draft) including removing the “cap” from Section 3.2 (B)(7).
A list of “Substandard Class 3 Roads” used for calculating Maximum Density in
Table 3.1 was reviewed and approved. The list was created in 2002 and was
recently reviewed by the Director of Public Works. It will be emphasized that the
only purpose of this list is for density calculation and it is unrelated to any road
b. Anne Silberfarb moved to approve the draft Subdivision Regulation Amendment
and forward it to the Selectboard for adoption. The motion was seconded by
Susan Brink and passed 6-0.
c. Dechert will discuss the adoption schedule with the Selectboard. When the Public
Hearing is warned by the Selectboard, the new regulations will take effect for up
to 150 days unless they are adopted or rejected sooner.
6. River/Stream Corridor Zoning Changes –
a. A recently completed GIS analysis of the impact of the proposed Fluvial Erosion
Hazard Area on specific properties indicates that there will be major impacts on
only a few properties and some of those are town owned. Gretchen Alexander at
ANR Rivers Management also provided a map of suggested streams to be
considered for future studies, and mapped streams that should be subject to the
current 50 foot setbacks. Dechert will compare this with the current mapped
streams on the zoning map.
7. Meeting Adjourned at 9:07 PM.
Phil Dechert, Clerk APPROVED 1/24/13
Norwich Planning Commission – Minutes January 10, 2013 Page 2
Future Meetings: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 7 PM – Affordable Housing Roundtable &
Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 7 PM – Regular Meeting
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