Town of Bolton

3045 Theodore Roosevelt Highway

Bolton VT 05676



Planning Commission Minutes


May 2, 2005


The meeting was called to order at 6:10 p.m.


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


Planning Commission members absent: Rodney Pingree


Clerk: Amy Grover


Also present:  Ian Macdougall and Tim Fluck, CCRPC



1.       Town Plan – Grant Work Plan: Housing.

2.       Minutes April 4, 2005

3.       Other communications/mail

4.       Any other business

5.       Adjournment



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

Ian Macdougall and Tim Fluck of CCRPC gave a presentation to the group regarding the recommendations of the Housing Targets Task Force. (The entire Housing Targets Task Force report is accessible on the CCRPC website) The presentation and discussion included the following:

·       October 2004 – the housing task force made final recommendations.

·       The 19 municipalities in Chittenden County need to address the housing crisis as part of a common goal.

·       Current demand for housing exceeds supply.

·       In the Municipal Plan, the housing element must include a recommended program for addressing low and moderate income housing needs.

·       Seven major recommendations were made by the Housing Targets Task Force. (See page 4 of the Housing Targets Task Force report)

·       In 2004 affordable housing = $1495 for Chittenden County (not inclusive of Burlington).

·       Objective is to identify in the Town Plan the actions to achieve the targets set by CCRPC by 2010. (See figure 3, page 3)

·       There will not be an “audit” by CCRPC in 2010 to see if targets met.

·       CCRPC will assist by providing a strategy guidebook (summer 2005), and by being available to assist towns on a one to one basis.

The group discussed the steps that need to be taken with regard to the Bolton target, which is 28 units (from 2000 – 2010), which include 10% (3) Moderate and 10% (3) Affordable.

·       Research the data from 2000 – 2005 (current), by permits issued.

·       Research 1980 – 1990 to understand the past history.

·       Take stock of current moderate and affordable housing.

·       Identify issues as why housing targets may not be reached, i.e. sewer capacity @ Bolton Valley, where development is slated to take place.

·       Potential mandate for PRD/PUD to include affordable housing.


Jim Thornton volunteered to research permit data, and current stock of moderate and affordable housing.


The group reviewed a timeline to complete a working draft of the Town Plan within the State timetable of May 2006. Steve Barner noted that as the group works on the Town Plan rewrite, that the Town Plan reflects the town of Bolton’s wants and desires, and not simply CCRPC’s.


Agenda Item #2– Minutes April 4, 2005

Steve Barner made the motion to accept the minutes of April 4, 2005.  Jim Thornton seconded the motion.  All were in favor, motion carried.


Agenda Item #3– Other communications/mail



Agenda Item #4 – Any other business

It was noted that the contract with CCRPC was not yet signed, and that changes to the payment schedule needed to be made.


The next meeting of the Planning Commission is scheduled for Monday, June 6, 2005,

 6 – 8 p.m. @ Smilie School, unless otherwise posted.


Agenda Item #5 – Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 8:15 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