Town of Bolton

3045 Theodore Roosevelt Highway

Bolton VT 05676



Planning Commission Minutes


June 6, 2005


The meeting was called to order at 6:08 p.m.


Planning Commission members present:  Linda Baker, Steve Barner, Rodney Pingree, Jim Thornton


Planning Commission members absent: Jim Bralich


Clerk: Amy Grover


Also present:  Ian Macdougall, CCRPC



1.       Town Plan – Grant Work Plan: Housing.

2.       Minutes May 2, 2005

3.       Other communications/mail

4.       Any other business

5.       Adjournment



Agenda Item #1 – Town Plan – Grant Work Plan: Housing

Jim Thornton reviewed the information regarding housing in Bolton that he had researched, and distributed a housing handout to the group.  (That information is on file with these minutes at the Town Clerk’s office.)  Jim noted that, and discussion included the following:

·       In Bolton there are currently 772 total units.

·       172 of those units are commercial of some type.

·       600 units are residential.

·       Based on the Grand List, 65% of those 600 units are Affordable.

·       In the past 5 years there have been approximately 30 permits issued for new homes.

·       Meeting the CCRPC “target” of 28 units from 2000 – 2010 with 10% Affordable and 10% Moderate will not be an issue in Bolton

·       Even with changes in the 2005 Grand List, Bolton has ample Affordable housing to meet federal and state guidelines.


The PC reviewed draft language provided by Ian regarding the housing element of the Town Plan.  Discussion included, and it was noted that:

·       The Housing element will address 4 issues: current conditions, housing needs forecast, housing priority issues, and housing policies.

·       State intent to address Affordable Housing in future Town Plans if it appears there is a great reduction in the current 65%.

·       Housing Priority Issues: reflect current numbers and percentages to illustrate that Bolton is on track in addressing affordable housing issues.

·       Charts and tables – streamline to Bolton, delete representations of county issues.  It was noted that the charts serve as a distraction for the average reader, and to incorporate only those that are pertinent to, and/or looking at trends relevant to Bolton.  Ian noted that certain tables support the text on housing issues.

·       Housing Needs Forecast – needed by statute, but simplify.  Note that Bolton will easily meet housing target.   State Bolton would like to see a mix of housing.

·       Change MSA reflecting Burlington to MSA reflecting Chittenden County exclusive of Burlington.

·       Ian noted that the housing policies would be shaped as other areas were fleshed out.

·       2000 census data is 5 years old, subsequently becoming out of date.  Ian will check on the Center for Rural Studies’ projected 2005 census numbers.

·       The Town Plan is a vision statement, a collection of planning principals.


Other Town Plan issues:

·       Transportation: reflect the Bolton Select Board’s policy of NOT taking over any roads.

·       Energy element: Address wind generation/ wind farms.


Other issues:

·       Contact the state to explore the potential for the current I89 bridge repair staging area to be converted into a “park and ride”.



Agenda Item #2– Minutes May 2, 2005

Jim Thornton made the motion to accept the minutes of May 2, 2005.  Steve Barner seconded the motion.  All were in favor, motion carried.


Agenda Item #3– Other communications/mail



Agenda Item #4 – Any other business

The next meeting of the Planning Commission is tentatively scheduled for Monday, July 18, or July 25, 2005, 6 – 8 p.m. @ Smilie School.  Confirmed meeting date will be posted.





Agenda Item #5 – Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.


Amy Grover

Clerk, Planning Commission

These minutes are unofficial until accepted.

These minutes were read and accepted by the Planning Commission on


__________________________ , 2005.





Linda Baker, Chair