Town of Halifax Vermont
PLANNING COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
September 8, 2020
CALL TO ORDER
Turner Lewis called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Zoning Board of Authority members Turner Lewis, Bill Pusey, Kaitlin Stone, and Tommy Fox were present. Missing was Jason Ashcroft. Also in attendance were Tina Blais, Patricia Dow, Stephen Chait, William Moore, and Matthew Gancz
CHANGES AND/OR ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA
APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MEETING MINUTES
Lewis opened discussion on the McQuade subdivision MCM.0133. A hearing date was set for September 24, at 7:00 p.m. details to follow.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION
Lewis opened discussion on the Smith/Vaughn RD subdivision.
Moore stated that in his research he found that the Smiths do not need a wastewater permit when subdividing according to a new law passed in 2019 by the Vermont state Legislator for undeveloped land.
Lewis opened discussion on short-term business rentals. Dow, Town Clerk stated that there have been several calls lately with people enquiring about short-term business rental and the need for a permit to do so. Dow was unsure of the answer so brought it up to the planning Commissioners.
Upon discussion the Board decided that there is no such requirement as of yet but would be something to look into in the future.
Lewis is also going to contact John Bennet for more info and guidance on the topic.
HEARING OF VISITORS
Moore wanted to make the board aware of the new bill S.237 that the Senate passed which would encourage housing development and impose requirements on municipal zoning bylaws, and is now being taken up by the House General and Military Affairs Committee.
The meeting adjourned at 7:26 p.m.
Planning Commission Secretary