NORWICH PLANNING COMMISSION
Thursday, April 12, 2012, Tracy Hall
Members Present: Daniel Johnson, Brooke Adler, Anne Silberfarb, Richard Stucker, Tom
Gray, Jeff Goodrich, Ralph Hybels
Clerk: Phil Dechert Others: Liz Spellman, VLS
Daniel Johnson, Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:09 PM.
1. Agenda – Approved
2. Comments from the Public – None
3. Minutes – 3-22-12 – Approved without changes.
4. Announcements & Reports & Correspondence
a. TRORC hearings for Regional Plan Revisions are scheduled for May 2 and June
11. Copies of the proposed changes will be sent to the members. There do not
appear to be any significant land use changes impacting Norwich.
b. Gray reported that the Capital Facilities Planning and Budgeting Committee had,
at the request of the Town Manager, reviewed proposals from engineering
consultants for designing and permitting a repair or replacement of the town pool
dam. The Town Manager will make a recommendation at the next Selectboard
meeting. Gray also reported that the permitting process for a new communication
tower for emergency services and public works is moving along.
c. Dechert attended a Form Based Code workshop, a VLCT zoning law workshop,
and an organizational meeting of the East Central Vermont Sustainability
5. Membership –
Discussion continued on finding a replacement for Brooke Adler who requested to not be
appointed to another term. Members will contact potential candidates and suggest they
submit a request to the Selectboard if interested in an appointment to the Planning
6. Subdivision Regulation Revisions – (Note: As an accommodation to Goodrich, the
storm water discussion was at the beginning of the meeting)
Storm Water Management and Erosion Control 3.5 –A revised draft was submitted by
Jeff Goodrich prior to the meeting with many proposed revisions generally of a technical
nature. Most changes were accepted. Dechert will research a definition of “qualified
designer” and see if some of the specifications in sections A through F are already
addressed in the state manuals.
A complete 4-12-12 draft of the revised subdivision regulations was distributed to
the members along with a revised summary of changes. Digital copies will be emailed.
Ongoing revisions to Section 3.5 are not included in this version.
7. Route 5 South/River Road Planning Area Project Area Project -
Dechert gave an update on the review of potential onsite wastewater capacity of specific
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areas based on NCRS Soil Mapping. Additional soil data is being obtained from soil pit
results on permit application plans for permitted wastewater systems on the DEC
wastewater permit website.
8. Thank You
The members expressed their gratitude to Brooke for her four years of service on
the Planning Commission.
Meeting adjourned at 9:07 PM.
Phil Dechert, Clerk APPROVED 4/26/12
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Thursday, May 10 at 7 PM
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