Town of Bolton

3045 Theodore Roosevelt Highway

Bolton VT 05676



Planning Commission Minutes


January 8, 2003


Meeting called to order at 6:08 p.m.


Planning Commission members present: Linda Baker, Chair, Jim Bralich, Chris Haggerty (6:15 p.m.), Rodney Pingree


Planning Commission members absent: Steve Barner


Clerk: Amy Grover


Also present: Joss Besse, Margot Pender, Gerry Mullen, Jen Andrews, David Johnson




1.      Minutes – December 11, 2002

2.      Other communications/mail

3.      Bolton Planning Project Advisory Committee meeting (Municipal Planning Grant)

4.      Review draft of Zoning Regulations as time allows

5.      Ant other business

6.      Adjournment



Agenda Item #1 – Minutes

Rodney Pingree made a motion to accept the minutes of December 11, 2002 as amended.  Jim Bralich seconded the motion.  All were in favor.


Agenda Item #2 – Other communications/mail

The Commission reviewed the State (ACT 250) Land Use Permit Amendment for Bolton Valley Resort, in which the three lot subdivision was permitted, as well as an after the fact approval for two ski patrol buildings.


The Commission reviewed and responded to CCRPC’s “Pressing Needs” questionnaire to “ensure that Bolton’s most important regional and local issues are included in CCRPC’s initiatives.”


The Commission reviewed CCRPC’s Regional Public Sewage Treatment Capacity Study.


The Commission reviewed the State of Vermont’s Wind Energy Siting Documents “to help plan for utility-scale wind power facilities.”


Agenda Item #3 – Bolton Planning Project Advisory Committee meeting

Joss Besse noted that this was the first meeting of the MPG (Municipal Planning Grant) advisory group comprised of all the members of the Planning Commission, Pete Siegel and Jerry Mullen, Select Board, Rob Heimbuch, DRB, Jen Andrews, Conservation Commission, Margot Pender, CCRPC representative, Dick Ward, ZA, Amy Grover, Clerk, and himself.


Joss reviewed the municipal grant description, work plan and budget summary.  Joss noted that Dana Farley had been hired by the Select Board to do preliminary work, and that she was close to finishing gathering information and was about to start her report, the results of which would feed directly into the grant.  The advisory group discussed the grant focus – to update the bylaws with emphasis on the current VII area which includes Bolton Valley ski area, and to combine zoning and subdivision bylaws into a unified development review ordinance, and noted the need for professional help with the Town Plan.  The advisory group discussed possible outcomes of the VII area, and the difficulty of garnering public input.  Joss noted that public outreach was included in the work plan of the grant.


The advisory group reviewed the request for proposal (RFP) drafted by Joss, and discussed dates for submission and interviews, contact persons, start and completion dates, funding, and then created a final RFP.  Joss noted that there was large amount of grant money awarded, nearly $825,000, and therefore a need to send out the RFPs as soon as possible before area consultants were all contracted by other towns which had also received grant money. 


RFP information:

·       Requests for proposals due 2/6/03 by 3:30 p.m. at the Town Office.

·       Interviews held on 2/12/03, 6 – 8p.m. @ Smilie School.

·       Work to begin on 3/2003.

·       Complete project by 4/2004.

·       A total of $11,000 available for consultant services.

·       Contact person Amy Grover


The advisory group reviewed the list of consultants forwarded by Dick Ward and Amy Grover, and selected five to send the RFP to: Dana Farley Associates, David Spitz, Landworks, DuBois and King, and Burnt Rock Associates.  Amy will send out the RFPs as soon as possible.


Agenda Item #4 – Review Zoning Regulations

This item was tabled until a future date, due to time constraints and the municipal planning grant process taking precedent.  Note: the Planning Commission will be actively involved during the next 14 months with the work being funded by the municipal planning grant.




Agenda Item #5 – Any other business

The Commision reviewed the Open Space Map sent by CCRPC, and noted several changes needed to the map.  Amy will return the map with changes to CCRPC.


The next scheduled meeting of the Planning Commission and MPG Advisory Committee will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2203, 6 p.m. at the Smilie School library.  The Advisory Committee will be holding consultant interviews for the municipal planning grant.


Agenda Item #6 – 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


_______________________________ , 2003.






Linda Baker, Chair