NORWICH PLANNING COMMISSION
Thursday, October 13, 2011, Tracy Hall
Members Present: Ralph Hybels, Daniel Johnson, Tom Gray, Brooke Adler, Richard Stucker
Members Absent: Anne Silberfarb, Jeff Goodrich
Clerk: Phil Dechert Others:
Tom Gray, Vice-Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:12 PM.
1. Agenda – Approved
2. Comments from the Public -
3. Minutes – 9-22-11 – Approved without changes.
4. Affordable Housing – At their October 12, 2011 Meeting, the Selectboard voted to
rescind the bylaws of the Affordable Housing Committee as approved by the Selectboard
on September 24, 2002 and requested that the Planning Commission assume the
responsibilities of the Affordable Housing Committee as defined in the Mission section
of the September 24, 2002 bylaws. The Planning Commission will discuss procedures for
setting up an Affordable Housing Subcommittee at a future meeting.
5. Minutes and Agendas – The commission discussed the distribution of Planning
Commission minutes and agendas through the email list managed by the Town
Manager’s office in addition to posting on the web page and public bulletin boards. Gray
moved that the Clerk distribute agendas and minutes on the town email list in addition to
the PC list and posting on the web prior to the next meeting. Motion was seconded by
Adler and passed 5-0.
6. Town Plan –Tables and charts for the Profile chapter updated with new data from the
consultant were reviewed along with a list of changes to the text. Most of these changes
are based on a discussion with Irv Thomae correcting terms and statements relating to the
education funding system. Dechert will be receiving additional updates of the tables and
charts from the consultant. A second list of very minor corrections was also available.
These updates will be available for the second Selectboard Town Plan Public Hearing on
October 26 at 6:30 PM.
7. Subdivision Regulation Revisions
Discussion of the 9-22-11 version of Revised Subdivision Regulations centered on the
use of terms to describe development impact on natural resource features in Section 3.3.
Members would like more consistency in the use of “adverse impact”, “undue adverse
impact”, “minimize”, “avoid”, and others. The clerk will research and chart various
phrases with definitions for the next meeting. The clerk will also research some technical
terms in the stormwater section.
Norwich Planning Commission – Minutes October 13, 2011 Page 2
Meeting adjourned at 9:01 PM.
Phil Dechert, Clerk APPROVED 10/27/11
Future Meetings: Thursday, October 27 at 7 PM
Thursday, November 10 at 7 PM
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