Town of Bolton

3045 Theodore Roosevelt Highway

Bolton VT 05676



Planning Commission/MPG Advisory Committee Minutes


July 20, 2004


Meeting called to order at 5:30 p.m.


Planning Commission members present:  Linda Baker, Jim Bralich (6:20 p.m.), Steve Barner, Rodney Pingree


Planning Commission members absent: Chris Haggerty


MPG Advisory Committee members present: Jen Andrews, Joss Besse, John Devine, Gerry Mullen, Margot Pender


MPG Advisory Committee members absent:  Rob Heimbuch, Dick Ward


Clerk: Amy Grover


Also present: Sharon Murray/Burnt Rock, Inc., Bob Fries/Bolton Valley, Larry Williams/Redstone (6:10 p.m.)




1.       Discussion/Review Zoning Regulation Draft

2.       Minutes May 4, 2004, June 8, 2004, July 13, 2004

3.       Other communications/mail

4.       Any other business

5.       Adjournment



Agenda Item #1 – Discussion/Review Zoning Regulation Draft

The committee began review of the document.  Linda Baker noted that crosschecking of references would need to be done.  Changes (indicated in italics) to the document and discussion included:

·       Page 1.2   The need to amend the Town Plan land use section was noted.  Sharon suggested inserting the purpose statement with a brief description of allowed uses.  Do not insert dimensional requirements as they may change over time. 

·       Page 2.1 Section 2.2

            (2) Boundaries move with river channel - standard

(6)   Use “State’s grid north” for compass heading, Sharon will check.

·       Page 2.2 (C) “Where available (i.e. in Flood Hazard Zones…)

·       * Table 2.1 Village I District (2) Restructure sentence to read “All permitted uses are subject to site plan review…except…” or edit into two sentences.  Noted 15 feet green space is equal to the front set back area in Village I District.

·       Table 2.2 Village II District.  Sharon will redraft, and (6) make it clear that “ski facilities allowed” is by conditional, not permitted use.

·       Table 2.3 Rural I District

                 (B) Permitted Uses – remove “Snack Bar” from frontage category, need no


                                        Add Bed & Breakfast, remove from conditional use.

     (C) Conditional Use – remove Inn from frontage category, need no frontage.  

                 (D) Dimensional Standards – maximum lot coverage refers to impervious


(E)   Supplemental District Standards (2) Change as in * above.

·       Need to change zoning district map – drop “AG” from “AG & RI” and “AG & RII” Districts

·       Table 2.4 Rural II District

            (C) Conditional Use – Add Contractor’s yard, no frontage needed.

                                                Add Restaurant, frontage needed.

             (E) Supplemental District Standards (2) Change as in * above.

·       Table 2.5 Forest District, revisit – saunas and yurts.

           (E) Supplemental District Standards 2.  Add “ warming huts, and ancillary

                storage and equipment buildings.”

                 (10) “Planned residential development is required for major subdivision

                          within this district…”

·       Table 2.6 Conservation District

            (C) Conditional Use – “Seasonal Nature Center

(F)   Dimensional Standards, Maximum building coverage, do not increase,

intended to limit.

                  Note to Select Board: Revisit classification of the Honey Hollow Road.

·       Table 2.7 Agriculture Overlay District – revisit when Ag maps are available.

·       Article III General Regulations.

(A)  Abandoned Structures.  “Structures which are not substantially

commenced within two (2) years (1 year permit, 1 year extension), of

the issuance…”  Language in accordance with 9.4.

(B)  (3) “…or easement of 20 feet in width shall…”

(E) (3) Delete second “pull-off area”

Include B-71 and A-76 road standards with the document.

Section 3.5 Height Standards (B) (1) Revisit - add ski lift towers?

Section 3.8 Nonconforming structures (B) (4) Add “no alternative site.”

Section 3.9 Outdoor Lighting.  (B) (3) delete “fixtures may include”, replace

                   with “as”.  Sharon will check on watts and lumens.

Section 3.10 Outdoor Storage 

(A) “The disposal of brush, yard, and organic kitchen waste…”

(C)  Motor vehicles – remove? Check on co-ordination with current ordinance.  

·       Table 3.1 Parking Requirements.  Office/Professional – “1 per 200 sq. ft…” 

                                                             Retail sales and Service – “1 per 300 sq. ft…”

·       Section 3.13 Ponds (constructed) (6)  “The pond shall be maintained and the DRB may require periodic safety inspections by a professional engineer, licensed by the State, with expertise in pond design and construction.”

·       Table 3.2 Signs

(A) (3) Ok, leave as is.

(7)   Leave in.

(8) Sandwich Board – “nor twelve (12) square feet in area per side…”

(12)  “is installed on the premises, or other location approved by the Select Board…”

                  (13) Delete one of the double “auction” words.

                  (20) “Resort directional signs, which do not exceed three (3) square feet.”

            (B) (6) delete “an unregistered” from “an unregistered motor vehicle or trailer.”

(8)   Delete in entirety.

(6)    “eave” of building, not roofline.

(9)   “…or a maximum 40 square foot directory sign for multiple businesses.”

(10) “eave” of building, not roofline.

            (D) Exclude supporting frames or panels from measurement.

·       Section 3.16 Steep Slopes.  Slope percentages are based on NRCS recommendations.  Larry Williams noted that the 15% and 25% limits are an issue for Restone.  “Best management practices” as determined by the State.

·       Section 3.18 Water Supply and Wastewater. (b) (1) Strike? Defer to State regulations, or keep more restrictive?


For the August meeting:

·       Amy will procure VTrans information re: B-71 and A-76 road standards.

·       Jen will measure and count the signs at the Bolton Store.

·       Rodney will bring in SPA maps.

·       Sharon will bring decibel chart.

·       Decisions regarding VII will be tabled as bob and Larry are unable to attend the August meeting.


Agenda Item #3– Minutes May 4, 2004, June 8, 2004, July 13, 2004

Tabled until the August meeting.


Agenda Item #4– Other communications/mail

Bob Fries stated that he felt he must respond to Gerry Mullen’s article in the most recent Bolton Gazette.  Bob stated that he felt that the comments were inappropriate for a Select Board member to be making, the article was off base, and that he took offense at being called a joker.  Gerry stated that the article was not directed toward Bob or Bolton Valley, and that he would apologize to Bob.


Larry Williams stated that the wastewater system is private, and therefore needs to be a permitted use.  He added that he has issues with building envelopes and conditional vs. permitted use with regard to the current VII District, stating that the draft regulations were over reaching, over regulating, and over restricting.


Agenda Item #5 – Any other business

The next scheduled meeting of the MPG Advisory Committee will be Tuesday, August 10, 2004 6 – 9 p.m. at Smilie School.


Joss and Margot noted that they would be unable to attend the 8/10/04 meeting.


Agenda Item #6 – Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 10 p.m.


Amy Grover

Clerk, Planning Commission

These minutes are unofficial until accepted.


These minutes were read and accepted by the Planning Commission on


__________________________ , 2004.





Linda Baker, Chair