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Meeting Minutes - PC

Town of Leicester
 Planning Commission Meeting
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
** See subsequent minutes for any changes
Members Present:  Donna Swinington, Chair, Jeff McDonough, Pete Fjeld, Sue Stroud-Speyers, Bill Shouldice, Lynn Bisbee
Others Present:  Kate Briggs, Ron Fiske, Sandra Trombley, Secretary
Meeting called to order at 6:20 p.m. with roll call.  Introductions were made.
Motion by Jeff and second by Sue to approve minutes of January 29, 2013 as written.  All in favor.  So approved.
Donna went to ACRP and got examples of overlays.  They gave her examples of what Monkton is looking at doing to give us an idea of elevation and slopes.  ACRP is willing to help us.  They also gave her color coded elevations for Leicester.
Kate gave background of land use map and elevations to new members.  Parts have no elevation issues and some are fairly steep.  ACRP is recommending overlays.  You keep the same zoning maps, but you identify areas and the overlays show where the areas are.  They are color coded.
Discussion of present and past water runoff problems due to steep elevations and clear cutting.  We have many springs off the mountain creating water runoff and wet areas.
Important things Board needs to come up with:
  • Grade definitions & development criteria % of gradeRestrictions
    • Critical grade and come up with recommendations
      • What are other town’s doing?
    • Draft language of restrictions and development
    • Technical review by Adam Lougee
    • Town attorney for very specific items
  • Requirements
  • Slope mapsShould we have storm water management
    • How to enforce?
  •  plans
    • Cost to landowners
  • Driveways
    • driveway permit on developed properties
      • standards
Ron wanted to be certain that what the Board came up with is easily enforceable and not overly complicated and did not want to zone landowners out of doing anything with their property or make the cost to do anything on your property too costly for Leicester residents.  Ron wanted to be sure what the PC was doing on commercial at this point so he could report back to the Selectboard.  The board hasn’t gotten that far.
Next meeting is February 26th.  There is no ZBA hearing; but will use the scheduled time for planning.  Things to work on for next meeting are “home occupations” and language from Claire from ACRP.  Invited Ron to come. 
Motion by Jeff and second by Pete to adjourn at 7:30 p.m.  All in favor.  So approved.
Respectfully submitted,
Sandra L. Trombley, PC Secretary