NORWICH PLANNING COMMISSION
Thursday, April 26, 2012, Tracy Hall
Members Present: Daniel Johnson, Anne Silberfarb, Richard Stucker, Tom Gray
Members Absent: Jeff Goodrich, Ralph Hybels, Brooke Adler
Clerk: Phil Dechert Others:
Daniel Johnson, Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:11 PM.
1. Agenda – Approved
2. Comments from the Public – None
3. Minutes – 4-12-12 – Approved without changes.
4. Announcements & Reports & Correspondence
5. Membership –
Discussion continued on finding a new member. Several potential candidates have been
contacted and some additional names were discussed.
6. Subdivision Regulation Revisions –
Storm Water Management and Erosion Control 3.5 –A proposal to eliminate most of the
technical criteria and instead refer to the comprehensive state erosion prevention and
sediment control manuals listed at the end of the current draft of section 3.5. Dechert will
draft changes for next meeting.
A complete 4-12-12 draft of the revised subdivision regulations was distributed to
the members along with a revised summary of changes. A public workshop will be
scheduled for June 14, 2012, for discussion of the proposed changes.
7. Route 5 South/River Road Planning Area Project Area Project -
A proposal for a Preliminary Feasibility Study for On-Site Wastewater Disposal;
Rte. 5 South and River Road Study Area submitted by Craig Heindel, a consulting
Hydrogeologist at Heindel & Noyes, Inc., was reviewed and discussed. The study will be
based on NRCS Soil mapping, VT Geological Survey Surficial Geology Maps, and
drilled well data, and soils data from state permitted wastewater systems. The work will
be completed by May 15. Heindel will attend the May 10 PC meeting to give a progress
report and discuss the project. A motion was made and seconded accepted the proposal
and request the Town Manager to execute it. The motion passed by a vote of 4-0.
Norwich Planning Commission – Minutes April 26, 2011 Page 2
8. Planning Commission Work Plan
A Draft Planning Commission 12-month Work Plan includes:
• Completing and adopting revisions to subdivision regulations
• Continuing the Rte 5 South & River Road project
• Revisions to the zoning regulations
o River and stream corridor protection program
o Minor technical corrections
• Affordable Housing initiatives in conjunction with the Affordable Housing
Discussion on the plan will continue at the next meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 9:07 PM.
Phil Dechert, Clerk APPROVED 5/10/12
Future Meetings: Thursday, May 10, at 7 PM
Thursday, May 24, at 7 PM
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