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Meeting Minutes - Town Plan Review

Town of Leicester
Special Selectboard Meeting
Town Plan Hearing for Public Comment
Monday, September 17, 2012
6:00 P.M.
** See subsequent minutes for any changes
Members Present:  Tom Barker, Ken Young, Ron Fiske, Brad Lawes
Diane Benware arrived later during the meeting.
Others Present:  Julie Delphia, Kate Briggs, Sandra Trombley, Secretary
Call to OrderMeeting called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Vice Chair 
The Special Town Plan Public Comment Hearing was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Tom.  Attendance was verbally announced.  Ron, Tom, Ken, Brad, Julie, Katherine Briggs, Zoning Administrator, Sandy Trombley, Secretary.
Kate reported that she talked to Wendy Tutor for Municipal Planning Grants and Wendy saw our Town Plan and thinks it’s terrific and she was so happy that there is at least one town in Vermont in which people work together.  She was very positive about the process and that the Selectboard and the Planning Commission had worked together and there wasn’t opposition.  She thought it was a great plan.  Kate thinks we might have a good chance at the grant.  Kate plans on incorporating in the grant application for the zoning regulation revision that we are using the same process.  We will do it ourselves and work together.  
Tom thanked both Kate and Julie for their work.  Tom stated that he would have appreciated to see somebody from the Planning Commission here tonight besides the Selectboard.
Julie reviewed:
  • Here tonight to hopefully adopt the plan
  • Send the plan off to Regional Planning & Dept of Housing and Community Affairs
Julie’s question:  Do they want regional approval and confirmation?  And what that is, is that they send it to the Regional Planning Commission for them to do an approval of it?  They have 60 days to do it, after the Board requests it.  There was discussion as to whether we “have” to have it or “need” it.  Ron would like to know a little more about that.
Julie will investigate to see if there is a fee involved to have them do an approval and will get back to the Board.  Julie is not sure what benefit it is for us to have it.
Motion by Diane and second by Ron to adjourn at 6:17 p.m.  All in favor.  So approved.
Respectfully submitted,
Sandra L. Trombley, Secretary