NORWICH PLANNING COMMISSION
Thursday, September 22, 2011, Tracy Hall
Members Present: Tom Gray, Brooke Adler, Jeff Goodrich, Anne Silberfarb
Members Absent: Ralph Hybels, Daniel Johnson, Richard Stucker
Clerk: Phil Dechert
Others: Chris Gunderman, Josh Goodrich, Max Greenwald, Jeffrey Gorham
Tom Gray, Vice-Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM.
1. Agenda – Approved
2. Comments from the Public - Gray welcomed the students attending the meeting and
answered questions regarding the responsibilities of the Planning Commission.
3. Minutes – 8-25-11 – Approved without changes.
4. Affordable Housing – Gray requested that a memo be sent by the Planning Commission
Chair to the Capital Facilities Planning & Budgeting Committee Chair advising that the
Planning Commission is working with the Affordable Housing Committee on a
reorganization of the Town's affordable housing initiative, and intends to seek restoration
to the Affordable Housing Reserve Funds recently transferred from that Fund to the
General Fund. This is to assist the CFP&B Committee in their review of town reserve
funds. Gray will draft the letter for Johnson to review and send.
5. Selectboard Town Plan Hearing Follow-up – Planning Commission members and
Dechert will meet with the Selectboard on September 27 to discuss the new town plan
and the adoption process. Dechert reported that Brandy Saxton will be updating charts
and graphs where additional data is available from the 2010 census, the American
Community Survey, and 2010 state and town sources. A list of all recommended changes
will be prepared for the October 26 Selectboard Town Plan Hearing.
6. Municipal Planning Grant ‘12 project – The project is Phase II of developing a
detailed land use plan for the area south and east of Norwich Village. A preliminary
outline of the application was reviewed. The deadline for submittal is October 31, 2011.
The Selectboard members have been requested to adopt a resolution appointing Neil
Fulton as Authorizing Official and Phil Dechert as Grant Administrator at their October
7. Subdivision Regulation Revisions – A complete draft of changes will be reviewed at the
Norwich Planning Commission – Minutes September 22, 2011 Page 2
8. Meeting adjourned at 8:25 PM.
Phil Dechert, Clerk APPROVED 10/13/11
Future Meetings: Thursday, October 13 at 7 PM
Thursday, October 27 at 7 PM
Thursday, November 10 at 7 PM
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