NORWICH PLANNING COMMISSION
Thursday, October 27, 2011, Tracy Hall
Members Present: Ralph Hybels, Tom Gray, Brooke Adler, Anne Silberfarb
Members Absent: Jeff Goodrich, Daniel Johnson, Richard Stucker
Clerk: Phil Dechert Others: Stuart Richards
Tom Gray, Vice-Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:13 PM.
1. Agenda – Approved
2. Comments from the Public – Stuart Richards had questions regarding changes in the
town plan draft, proposed changes to the subdivision regulations, and if the town plan is
subject to a petition for a town vote. Dechert will get back to him regarding voting on a
3. Minutes – 10-13-11 – Approved without changes.
4. Announcements & Reports: Dechert reported that he had attended the following
a. VLCT “Weathering the Storm” workshop. Future mitigation of storm related
water damage through regulatory and non-regulatory programs. Daniel Johnson
b. VPA “Complete Streets Workshop”
c. FEMA/DEC Flood “Substantial Damage Estimating Workshop”
5. Municipal Planning Grant ‘12
The town is unable to apply until the town plan has been adopted and confirmed by the
RPC. Dechert is researching other sources of planning grants.
6. Affordable Housing – Procedures were discussed for setting up the Affordable Housing
Subcommittee. The consensus was for a five member board with two planning
commission members and three members from the former Affordable Housing
Committee appointed by the Chair of the Planning Commission. Terms and a committee
charge will be discussed at the next meeting.
7. Town Plan – The second Selectboard Town Plan Public Hearing was held on October
26. After the hearing, the Clerk was asked by the Selectboard to prepare a final draft for
adoption to include the changes presented at the hearing and any other table or chart
updates based on new data. The final draft will be delivered to the Town Manager by
December 2 to be posted on the town web site and distributed to members. The vote for
adoption is scheduled for December 14.
8. Subdivision Regulation Revisions
Discussion of the 9-22-11 version of Revised Subdivision Regulations continued on the
use of terms to describe development impact on natural resource features in Section 3.3.
The Clerk recommended specific changes to bring consistency in the use of “adverse
impact”, “undue adverse impact”, “minimize”, “avoid”, and others. Some other vague
terms were replaced with more specific modifiers.
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The clerk will deliver the latest draft to the DRB members on November 3 and
schedule review meetings with them.
Meeting adjourned at 9:11 PM.
Phil Dechert, Clerk APPROVED 11/10/11
Future Meetings: Thursday, November 10 at 7 PM
Thursday, December 8 at 7 PM
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