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PC Meeting Minutes - 7-12-17

Leicester Planning Commission Meeting
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
6:02 P.M.
** See subsequent minutes for any changes
Members Present:  Donna Swinington, Jeff McDonough, Bill Shouldice, Peter Fjeld, Suki Fredericks
Others Present:  Diane Benware, Jeremy Gildrien, Sandra Trombley, Secretary
Call to Order/Roll CallMeeting called to order at 6:04 p.m. by Chair and roll call. 
Review Agenda:  Reviewed agenda. 
Approval of Minutes June 28, 2017:
Motion by Jeff and second by Bill to approve minutes of June 28, 2017 as written.  All in favor.  So, approved.
New Business
Working Session Revising Town Plan:
Jeremy Gildrien, Leicester’s Energy Coordinator presented information about Act 74, the Energy Planning Bill.  The guidelines are through the Public Service Board for writing the energy portion of our Town Plan.  If the town follows the guidelines, it gets preferential deference for siting energy in the town.  This is important for more local control.  If the town follows the guidelines, the goal is 90% renewables by 2050, then the town gets preferential deference.
Jeremy has been working with Adam Lougee, at ACRP to come up with maps and statistics for the Town Plan.
Jeremy shared some ideas he has to move toward future goals and possibly writing a business plan.
Jeremy will continue to work with Adam to come up with energy language and updated information and graphs and provide a draft for the July 26th meeting.
Suki agreed to serve on the DRB; as well as, Planning Commission.  Appointment will go before the Selectboard on July 17th.
Bill brought up the subject of Shoreline Protection and Zoning Board authority.  There are a couple lake properties in question.  Bill doesn’t know if other towns are having the same problem.  He mentioned that there has been a lot of clear cutting; which he thought was against shoreline guidelines.
Board thought that applicants needed to get through two steps.  Shoreline Protection is one piece and town zoning is another. 
Board would like to invite Marianne to our next meeting to talk about shoreline protection and town zoning.
Suki provided a written report with suggested edits to the Economic Development, Residential and Agricultural areas and Resources section for the Town Plan.
Goals & Recommendations:
The Board went through the Town Plan goals and recommendations and made edits.
Diane will direct some of her questions to Tim Boutin, at ACRP for clarification on emergency management and clean water for the next meeting.
Diane talked about the steps moving forward for public meetings. 
Donna thought they were pretty close to being done with the Plan by the next meeting.
Old Business: 
Public Comment:  None
Motion by Jeff to adjourn the Planning Commission meeting at 7:40 p.m.  All in favor.  So, approved.
Next Meeting 7/26/17.
Respectfully submitted,
Sandra L. Trombley
Planning Commission Secretary