Meeting Minutes of the Brookfield Conservation
Commission Nov. 25, 2019
Jon Binhammer, Starr Strong, Kathy Kinter, Sue Shea, Jon Jickling
Meeting came to order at 7:00 PM
Review of October minutes which were unanimously
approved as presented.
There was no one from the public in attendance.
Bylaws: We reviewed the second draft, amended
it and voted unanimously to adopt it as amended. Jon B will make the agreed upon changes and
email us the final draft. He will also give it to the Select Board for their
review. We will sign the bylaws at our
Open meeting law: Kathy reviewed
open meeting law.
Forest Fragmentation: Sue presented a recap of the webinar she
watched concerning Act 171, the purpose of which is to maintain and improve
ecological integrity of forest blocks and connectors throughout the state by
incorporating such goals into town plans and zoning. We agreed that given the Planning
Commission’s current reassessment of Development Bylaws, we have a role to play
in researching and providing input towards meeting the aforementioned goals of
Jon B. will attend
the next Planning Commission meeting if there is time on their agenda.
Sue will send our
commission the link to the webinar so that we can watch prior to our next
meeting. She will also contact Jens Hilke, wildlife biologist with VT Fish and
Wildlife, to request that he attend our next meeting to discuss Act 171and
BioFinder in detail. Members of the
Planning Commission will be invited to join us.
Development Bylaws: Jon J. of the Planning Commission asked
for input regarding the current regulations on setbacks along shorelines of
town waterways. After discussion that
touched on current and best practices, the regional planning commission and
state regulations, it was decided that our commission needs to first familiarize
ourselves with the Development Bylaws.
Kathy suggested that the Planning Commission look to state regs for
guidance as well.
Prior to the next
meeting we will all review the Development Bylaws Jon J sent us.
Jon B will check
with Two Rivers Regional Planning for their recommendations.
Other business: It was agreed that
we need a visible presence on the town website, i.e, a Conservation Commission
We will look at other town websites to see what they have done and discuss this at the next meeting.
Next meeting: Dec 16, 2019
Meeting Adjourned at 8:45 PM.