Town of Bolton

3045 Theodore Roosevelt Highway

Bolton VT 05676



Planning Commission/MPG Advisory Committee Minutes


November 4, 2003


Meeting called to order at 6:00 p.m.


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


Planning Commission members absent: Steve Barner


MPG Advisory Committee members present: Jen Andrews, Joss Besse, Margot Pender


MPG Advisory Committee members absent: Pete Siegel, Rob Heimbuch, Dick Ward


Clerk: Amy Grover


Also present: Sharon Murray, Burnt Rock, Inc.




1.       Zoning districts and uses

2.       Minutes October 7, 2003

3.       Other communications/mail

4.       Any other business

5.       Adjournment



Agenda Item #1 – Zoning Districts and Uses

The committee reviewed the preliminary zoning district map drafted by Burnt Rock, discussed and further refined some of the zoning district boundary lines.  Discussion regarding the preliminary map resulted in these additional changes and comments about those districts including:


Conservation District

·       Minimum to 50 acre from 25 acre - ?

·       Include “Honey Hollow” area, allow camps as conditional use.

·       Honey Hollow Road a Class III road, could require the town to maintain year round.  Currently the town plows upon request. The Select Board does not appear interested in downgrading the road to a Class IV road.

·       Understand there is always the possibility of power going into the Honey Hollow area.

·       The State has rights of first refusal on several parcels located in that area.


 “Forest District”

·       Limit to seasonal or camps only - ?


Village I

·       Western boundary – extend to where the right of way between I89 and Route 2 intersects, Latham Homes would be included within the boundary.

·       Northern boundary – a 1500’ setback along Route 2/RI boundary.

·       Eastern boundary – pull in to Smilie School.

·       Extend the RII district down along Route 2.


The committee reviewed the draft #2 of the Zoning District Tables (That handout is on file at the Town Clerk’s office with these minutes), and discussion included:


Village I

·       Lower square footage in permitted and conditional use, current maximums are 4,000/20,000.

·       Reduce minimum lot size to ˝ acre.  The committee reached a consensus to keep the current minimum lot size of 1 acre.

·       Add several conditional uses e.g., funeral home, health clinic, Inn with a 24 room maximum.

·       Delete permitted Hotel – permitted inVII district.

·       Reduce setbacks from 35’ to 15’, and from 25’ to 10’.  Frontage remains @ 100’. Drop setbacks for “other uses”, and use only one dimensional standard for VI.


Village II

·       Add  to # 7 and 8 in permitted use  that all major subdivisions of four or more lots must go through PRD/PUD review.

·       Golf course stays as permitted use.



·       Add certain uses only with frontage on Route 2 as conditional use.


Forest District

·       Regulate trails - ? (i.e. VAST, Catamount)

·       PRD/PUD not prohibited.

·       Make setbacks more proportional.

·       No required frontage - ?


Agenda Item #2– Minutes October 7, 2003

Rodney Pingree made a motion to accept the minutes of October 7, 2003.  Jim Bralich seconded the motion.  All were in favor.


Agenda Item #3– Other communications/mail

The P.C. reviewed VLCT’s calendar for late fall workshops.


The P.C. reviewed CCRPC’s invitation to attend the December Planner’s lunch – topic: Chapter 117 reform.


The P.C. reviewed Richmond’s notice of public hearing for proposed zoning amendments.


Agenda Item #4 – Any other business

Amy will check on the owners, structures, and access to the southwestern quadrant of the “Honey Hollow” area.


Amy will forward Burnt Rock’s zoning district’s draft map to Pam Brangan at CCRPC to draft a new map.


The next scheduled meeting of the MPG Advisory Committee will be Monday, December 8, 2003, 6 – 8 p.m. at Smilie School.


Agenda Item #5 – Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.


Amy Grover

Clerk, Planning Commission

These minutes are unofficial until accepted.


These minutes were read and accepted by the Planning Commission on


__________________________ , 2003.





Linda Baker, Chair