Jan 132021
 

Minutes DRAFT

Brookfield Planning Commission

Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Present:Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Martha Judy, Will White, Tim Gershon, Nancy Jacques

Public Present:  Gary Lord, Kevin & Marie Dunwoody, Jim Merriam, Katie Bancroft, Matt Dezan, Ze Andreyevs, Zoe Newmarco, Christina Harlow, Sarah & Nathan Shaw, Aaron Adler, Jon Binhammer

Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.

Public to be heard after each topic.

White/Gershon moved to approve minutes from the 12/8/2020 meeting.  The minutes were approved unanimously.

The planning commission opened the floor for the two potential nominees for the vacant Planning Commission seat to introduce themselves.  Both Christina Harlow and Katie Bancroft provided summary backgrounds and their interest to serve their community.  No decision on nomination was made at this meeting.

The planning commission and attendees were walked through a presentation by Jim Merriam of Norwich Solar regarding the preferred site application for 150 kw solar array on Ridge Road property owned by Keith and Chelsea Sprague. This was a Public Utilities Commission application for an issuance of a Certificate of Good for preferred site designation of the solar siting location.  Jim Merriam graciously allowed questions throughout the presentation as well as at the conclusion.  The Shaw’s provided feedback on their support for the project.  Several area residents noted they were not in favor of the project.

White made a motion to accept Norwich Solar’s request to grant preferred siting designation to their proposed 150 kW solar array on Ridge Rd. Also, to encourage the select board to grant preferred siting. We grant this approval with the intention of thoroughly reviewing the projects compliance with town bylaws once the act 248 application and supporting documentation has been submitted to the Public Utilities Commission.  With no second the motion failed.

For the next meeting the commission will review Sections 4.13, 4.14, 4.15, and 4.16.  As before members will review these sections before the meeting.

No other new/old business was covered.

Next meeting will be February 9th, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Due to the late hour the meeting was called to close by Chair Zakov at 9:04 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Jacques

Jan 122021
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA
Location: Virtual ZOOM Meeting (see below)
MEETING: Tuesday, January 12th 2021 TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
TOPICS:

Public to be heard
Approve minutes of 12/8/2020 meeting
Meet and greet potential nominees for vacant Planning Commission seat. No decision on nomination will be made at this meeting.
Preferred site application for 150 kw solar array on Ridge Road property owned by Keith and Chelsea Sprague. This is not a local development permit application but rather a Public Utilities Commission application for an issuance of a Certificate of Good for preferred site designation of the solar siting location.
Review progress on zoning bylaw update and continue review of bylaws of sections 4.13, 4.14, 4.15 and 4.16. Will go as far as time permits.
Any other new/old business
Set date of next meeting

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Nov 182020
 

 
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Nov 122020
 

Minutes DRAFT
Brookfield Planning Commission
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Present:
Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Tim Gershon, Jon Jickling, Martha Judy, Will White
Public Present:  None
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m.
White/Gershon moved to approve minutes from the 10/12/2020 meeting.  The minutes were approved unanimously.
The planning commission discussed town standards of roads and bridges in the context of  Development Bylaws sections 4.2.   Discussion continued
For the next meeting the commission will review Sections 4.10, 4.11 and 4.12.  As before members will review these sections before the next meeting in Dec.
Next meeting will be December 8th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Commissioners White/Gershon moved for adjournment and the motion passed unanimously.  The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Jon Jickling
 

Nov 052020
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA
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MEETING: Tuesday, November 10th 2020 TIME: 7:00 p.m.
TOPICS:

Public to be heard
Approve minutes of 10/13/2020 meeting
Review progress on zoning bylaw update and continue review of bylaws of sections 4.7 – 4.9.
Any other new/old business
Set date of next meeting

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Oct 212020
 

Minutes DRAFT
Brookfield Planning Commission
Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Present:
Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Tim Gershon, Nancy Jacques, Martha Judy, Will White
Public Present:  None
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.
White/Jacques moved to approve minutes from the 9/8/2020 meeting.  The minutes were approved unanimously.
The planning commission considered updates to the Development Bylaws sections 4.2 thru 4.4.
For the next meeting the commission will review Sections 4.7, 4.8 and 4.9.  As before members will review these sections before the next meeting in November.
Next meeting will be November 10, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Commissioners White/Gershon moved for adjournment and the motion passed unanimously.  The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Martha Judy

Sep 092020
 

 
Brookfield Planning Commission Minutes
Tuesday September 8, 2020 DRAFT
Members Present: Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Jeff Girard, Timothy Gershon, Jon Jickling, Martha Judy, William White, Nancy Jacques
Public Present: Shawn Krisch
Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m.
Zakov inquired about any input from the public to be heard.  Mr. Kirsch introduced himself as a potential buyer of land in Brookfield, interested in learning about town zoning regulations.
Jickling/Judy moved to approve minutes from 7/22/2020. Unanimously approved.
After a brief review of previous work, work continued in the review of development bylaws. Sections 4.1, 3.16  and 4.2 were covered.
It was agreed that members would review sections 4.2 – 4.4 prior to next meeting.
Next meeting scheduled for Tuesday October 13th, 2020 at 7:00.
Zakov/Judy moved to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 8:27 p.m.
 
Respectfully submitted,
Timothy Gershon
 

Jul 232020
 

Minutes DRAFT
Brookfield Planning Commission Date: Wednesday July 22, 2020 DRAFT
Present: Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Timothy Gershon, Jon Jickling, Martha Judy, William White, Nancy Jacques
Public: Susan Shea – Conservation Commission, Laurel Mcewen
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.
Inquired about public to be heard.  No public attended.
White/Judy moved to approve minutes from 2/11/2020. Unanimously approved.
Commission discussed potential action on a permit to develop a single-family home on Twin Ponds Road and associated concerns brought forward by the Brookfield Conservation Commission to the Brookfield Planning Commission. No motions were made and no actions were taken.
Next meeting schedule for Tuesday September 8th, 2020 at 7:00 via
White/Jickling moved to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 7:48 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
William White

Mar 112020
 

 
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA
Location: Town Office, Ralph Road, Brookfield
MEETING: Wednesday, March 18th 2020 TIME: 7:00 p.m.
Rescheduled from cancelled meeting Tuesday, March 11th.
TOPICS:

Public to be heard
Approve minutes of 2/11/2020 meeting
Review progress on zoning bylaw update
Continue review of bylaws
Any other new/old business.

Feb 182020
 

Minutes DRAFT
Brookfield Planning Commission Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 DRAFT
Present: Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Timothy Gershon, Jon Jickling, Martha Judy, William White
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:12 p.m.
Inquired about public to be heard.  No public attended.
Approved letter of support for the Charles and Theresa Taplin conservation project to be submitted to the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.
The Planning Commission continued to work on revisions to the Development bylaws.
White/Jickling moved to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 8:27 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Martha Judy