MINUTES OF FRANKLIN PLANNING COMMISSION
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2007, AT 7:00 P. M.
HOMESTEAD DINING ROOM
PRESENT: Richard Gadbois, David Lucey, Greg Bouchard, John Giroux, Doug Bradford, Jamie Boudreau, Dan Larivee and Doug Clark.
Dick called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER MEETING:
Motion by David/Jamie to approve the minutes of the September meeting. Dick asked if there was any discussion and there was none. All members voted to approve/minutes accepted as presented.
Dick informed members that Northwest Regional Planning will sponsor a workshop by the Agency of Natural Resources on the septic/potable water regulations that went into effect on July 1st. It will be held on November 5, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the Georgia School in Georgia, Vermont. Dick advised that towns still have some authority in certain situations and Roger Thompson will discuss what can be done by the towns. Dick read the workshop announcement to members and recommended that members attend if at all possible. He advised that if members cannot attend, they can go on to the State Website and access the ANR page which has information and the new rules.
From Northwest Regional Planning informing they have our Municipal Plan and are passing it around. It was noted that the public hearing on it will be October 22nd and it won’t be ready for any kind of adoption until November 8th.
Dick informed members that Northwest Regional Planning has agreed to come up and present a seminar (refresher class) for the Planning Commission and the ZBA. They will come up and do it anytime we want. It will be 1 ˝ to 2 hours long. After discussion, the Commission decided on Tuesday, November 13, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. Dick will check with Northwest Regional Planning and will get back to members.
The Commission is in receipt of materials from James and Janet Harrison regarding a subdivision they are planning in Berkshire. Members reviewed the information submitted. It appears it has been submitted to Franklin because we are a neighboring community.
MUNICIPAL (TOWN) PLAN:
Dick asked members if they had picked up a copy of the Town Plan from Sue. It contains the changes made by the Selectboard. Commission members reviewed the document with the Selectboard revisions. Members expressed their concern over revisions made on Page 16,. Chapter 5, Town Clerk’s Office. Members feel that the narrative as rewritten makes it appear that the Town Offices have plenty of space when in fact more space will be needed at some point in the future. Members expressed concern that this stance will limit the ability of the town to take advantage of grants and monies which might be available when additional space becomes necessary. Motion by David/John that the Selectboard be asked to return this sentence to the narrative, “More space will be needed in the near future.” Dick asked if there was any more discussion and there was none. All members voted in favor/motion passed.
David questioned the status of violation tickets which he and Doug looked into now that it has been determined that the Selectboard will supervise the Zoning Administrator. Dick stated that at some point, the Planning Commission will have to sit down with the Selectboard and discuss it since it will require the backing of the Selectboard if it is ever to be instituted.
Dick asked if there was anything further members wanted to discuss and there was not. Motion by Jamie/David to adjourn. All members voted in favor/meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
October 17, 2007 Barbara M. Varin
NOTE: These minutes are not official until they are approved by the Planning Commission at their next regular meeting which is presently scheduled for November 20, 2007. Note: These minutes were approved by the Planning Commission at their November 20, 2007 meeting.