Town of Bolton

3045 Theodore Roosevelt Highway

Bolton VT 05676



Planning Commission Minutes


August 7, 2002


Meeting called to order at 6:15 p.m.


Planning Commission members present: Linda Baker, Chair, Steve Barner, Jim Bralich, Chris Haggerty, Rodney Pingree


Planning Commission members absent: None


Zoning Administrator: Dick Ward


Clerk: Amy Grover




1.       Minutes – July 10, 2002

2.       Other communications/mail

3.       Review “SOP” submitted by the ZA

4.       Review interim zoning enacted by the Select Board

5.       Review Municipal Planning Grant

6.       Zoning Regulation amendments

7.       Any other business

8.       Adjournment



Agenda Item #1 – Minutes

Jim Bralich made a motion to accept the minutes of July 10, 2002.  Steve Barner seconded the motion.  All were in favor.


Agenda Item #2 – Other communications/mail

The Commission reviewed a memo from the Select Board to CCRPC asking that CCRPC expedite their approval of the Town Plan in order to be eligible for the Municipal Planning Grant.


The Commission reviewed a packet from CCRPC containing a compilation of 2000 census data.


Agenda Item #3 – Review of “SOP” submitted by the ZA

The Commission tabled this item until a later date.


Agenda Item #4 – Review Interim Zoning

The Commission reviewed the interim zoning enacted by the Select Board with regard to the Village II zoning district.  The interim zoning enacts a minimum 10-acre lot, with 300’ of road frontage.  Pre-existing lots are exempt. (See interim zoning document for specific wording.)


Agenda Item #5 – Review Municipal Planning Grant

The Commission reviewed the requirements for the municipal planning grant, noting that eligibility is hinging upon CCRPC approving the Town Plan before the 9/30/02 grant deadline.  Dick Ward noted that the Select Board was holding their hearing on the Town Plan that evening (8/7/02), and that the Plan had already been submitted to CCRPC for review.  Dick stated that the Select Board had contacted Dana Farley and asked for her proposal on the Village II density project, which he estimated to be 40 – 50 hours of work with an estimated cost of $3000 - $5000.  The Commission discussed time constraints for the grant, and noted that waiting to see if CCRPC approves the Town Plan before the grant deadline might not give enough time to write the grant.  Amy will contact Joss Besse and ask if he would be available to write the grant, and contact Deb to see if there would be a stipend available for that purpose.


Agenda Item #6 – Zoning Regulation Amendments  (changes are in italics)

1.      Site Plan review – change “will” to “may”.  Previously addressed.

2.      Article VI General Regulations, Section 3, Sign Regulations, Page 21.

G. Dimension, Quantity, Height

#2. Delete in entirety.

#3. Delete in entirety.

#4.  “A ground sign shall not exceed the roofline of the business establishment.”

#5.  “ The purpose of this additional sign square footage must be primarily directional or informational.(delete remainder of sentence)


3.      Article VI General Regulations, Section 3, Sign Regulations, Page 21.

H. Prohibited Signs

#4. “Signs which appear…except as provided in (delete Section) L.”


4.      Article VI General Regulations, Section3, Sign Regulations, Page 22.

J.      Placement

#1. “No sign shall extend above the highest roofline of the building.”


5.      Article VI, General Regulations, Section 15, “Vehicle, Mobile Home, or Vehicular Trailer Sales.”


6.      General numbering and lettering within the regulations are okay, i.e. an “a” without a “b”.


7.      Leave golf course as permitted use in VII District.


8.      Article V, Permits and Approvals, Section 1, J. Agricultural Structures, Page 12.

     “Agricultural structures must conform with the zoning districts’ setbacks unless

      waived by the Commissioner of Agriculture.”                                                                     


9.      Article V, Permits and Approvals, Section 4. Site Plan Review, Page 13.

B. Site Plan Review, Submittal Data.

#4.  “A site plan showing proposed structures, (delete locations), streets, driveways…”


10.  Article VI, General Regulations, Section 3, Signs, L. Exemptions, Page 22.

Note - covers ski area/informational signs - addressed.


11. Article VI, General Regulations, Section 14, Outbuildings, Page 27.

a.      “Out buildings: (delete ‘a building’) out buildings of 240 square feet…”

b.      DELETE in entirety.


12.  Article VI, General Regulations, Section 16, Swimming Pools, Page 28.

e. “No pool shall be constructed within a front yard setback.”


13. Article VI, General Regulations, Section 1, Home Occupations, Page 18.

  1. “The home occupation shall be practiced by members of the family; two employees who are not family members is allowed.”


14.  Article VI, General Regulations, Section 17, Definitions, Page 29.

“10. Home Occupation: Any use conducted entirely within a dwelling or accessory structure and carried on by the occupants thereof, and up to two employees, which is clearly incidental…”


15.  Article VI, General Regulations, Section 17, Definitions, Page 29.

11.  Junk Motor Vehicle – leave as is.


16.  Article V, Permits and Approvals, Page 11.

“G.  Revocation of Permits and Approvals

  In addition to any other remedies provided by the law, any permits or approvals obtained by these regulations may be canceled or revoked by the Administrative Officer or Development Review Board, whichever board granted the permit or approval, for violation of these regulations or the terms and conditions of the permit or approval.”


Agenda Item #7 – Other business

Linda Baker asked Amy to check the legality of Article VI, General Regulations, Section 1, Home Occupations,  #i and j.


Dick Ward suggested that the Commission move forward in the zoning regulation hearing process now, as opposed for waiting for the resolution of the Village II density issue.


The next scheduled meeting of the Planning Commission will be on Tuesday, September 10, 2002, 6 p.m. at the Town Office.


Agenda Item #8 – Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.


Amy Grover

Clerk, Planning Commission

These minutes are unofficial until accepted by the Planning Commission.


These minutes were read and accepted by the Planning Commission on


_____________________________ , 2002.






Linda Baker, Chair