NORWICH PLANNING COMMISSION
Thursday, January 12, 2012, Tracy Hall
Members Present: Tom Gray, Jeff Goodrich, Richard Stucker, Anne Silberfarb
Members Absent: Daniel Johnson, Ralph Hybels, Brooke Adler
Clerk: Phil Dechert Others:
Tom Gray, Vice-Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:40 PM.
1. Agenda – Approved
2. Comments from the Public – None
3. Minutes – 12-22-11 – Approved as amended with description of TRORC survey.
4. Announcements & Reports –
a. Gray reported that the Capital Financing and Budgeting Committee had reviewed
an option to the proposed communications tower utilizing a fiber optic network
and multiple shorter towers, and found the costs will be substantially higher.
b. TRORC, in partnership with Southern Windsor County Regional Planning
Commission and many other consortium partners, has received a $750,000 HUD
Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant to create an East Central
Vermont Regional Plan for Sustainable Development. Norwich is participating in
c. The town has been awarded a $28,000 VTrans Enhancement Grant for planning a
shared-use path from the Village to the Hartford town line.
d. The Municipal Network will be meeting Thursday, January 19 for a presentation
and discussion on climate change.
5. Affordable Housing Subcommittee –
a. Membership has not yet been finalized.
b. Some additional changes to the proposed charge (Ver. 1-12-12) were approved.
c. The Clerk reported that the reinstatement of the Affordably Housing Revolving
Fund has been included on the town meeting warrant. A slight change in the
article was suggested to indicate it will recreate a pre-existing fund.
6. Subdivision Regulation Revisions
a. The Clerk will be meeting with the Conservation Commission at their January 17
meeting to discuss the subdivision regulation revisions. Commission members
will be invited to the January 26 Planning Commission meeting to continue
b. Slopes – The commission continued exploring review criteria options for
evaluating development on steeper slopes and thresholds for requiring more
detailed analysis and plans for erosion and sedimentation control. A draft created
by Goodrich based on the NH model ordinance was briefly discussed. Discussion
will continue at the next meeting. The Clerk will continue to research regulations
from other towns.
Norwich Planning Commission – Minutes January 12, 2012 Page 2
Meeting adjourned at 8:55 PM.
Phil Dechert, Clerk APPROVED 1/26/12
Future Meetings: Thursday, January 26 at 7 PM
Thursday, February 9 at 7 PM
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