Town of Halifax, Vermont

March 8, 2011

Call to Order 

            The meeting was called to order at 7:04 PM.  Members in attendance were Howard Alboum, D. Chris Estep, Norman Fajans, Brian McNeice, and William Pusey.  Sirean LaFlamme and Bradley Rafus were absent. Others in attendance were Robert Rogers III, Janet Rogers, Maggie Bartenhagen, Margaret Stoltzman, Patrick Wilkins, Adam Buursma, Margo Avakian, and Secretary Phyllis Evanuk. 

Approval of Minutes 

            Mr. Estep moved to approve the minutes of the February 8, 2011 minutes as written.
            Mr. Fajans seconded the motion which carried 5-0.


1.         Mr. and Mrs. Rogers gave an informal overview of a proposed boundary line adjustment

They would like to make between two parcels they own on Winn Road.  Mrs. Rogers advised that there is a deeded right of way that has been in place since 1918. After reviewing the information she presented, the Commissioners advised it was a lot line adjustment and they saw no reason it could not be done.  They will prepare the application for a lot line adjustment and submit it to the Zoning Administrator for processing.

2.         Margaret Stoltzman and Patrick Wilkins advised that currently Margaret and her mother own the property jointly.  They want to subdivide and each one have a lot on which to build a home.  The driveway is pre-existing and they propose to extend it across one lot to access the second lot.  A deeded right of way will be included in the new deed descriptions.  The Commissioners set the public hearing for April 12, 2011 for the final plat review.

3.         Maggie Bartenhagen advised she was there to help.  As a representative to the Windham Regional Commission, she offered to act as a liaison in regard to the Town Plan and any other projects or questions they feel WRC might be able to assist them with.  Mr. McNeice advised that while the town contributes money to them every year, in the past year or more they have not really availed themselves of the services of WRC.  He wanted to know what they could expect in the way of help without having to pay any additional funds.  The Commissioners all agreed that they could use some guidance regarding the development of subdivision regulations.  After a short discussion of the type of information they were looking for, Mrs. Bartenhagen advised she would work with them to be sure they get the information they need.  A digital copy of the town plan will be given to her as she doesn’t have a copy of the plan.

4.         Adam Buursma of Arboreal Habitat advised that he was seeking a Conditional Use permit to allow occasional retail sales at his wholesale nursery site on Route 112.  He advised that the majority of his sales are wholesale large plantings, but they would like to be able to offer some small items to the public probably up to four times a year.  Commissioners gave him suggestions regarding what type of things the ZBA would be looking for, such as access, parking, times of activities, and any other information which might be helpful.  They also advised that the ZBA would most likely schedule a site visit prior to the public hearing.  He was advised that the process takes approximately two months so the sooner he submits the actual application, the sooner they can schedule the review.

Mr. Alboum asked if the Commissioners were in accord regarding support of the two members who are up for reappointment.  Mr. Estep advised that a declaration of support should be given to the Selectboard.  Mr. Alboum agreed to attend the Selectboard meeting in support of the reappointments.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Phyllis H. Evanuk