Planning Commission Minutes

May 152017

Braintree PC meeting of 11 May 2017


Attending: Malcolm Fitzpatrick, Joan Richmond-Hall, Bob Moyer, Linda Doane, Jenn Phipps


Guest: (& prospective new member) Nate Cleveland


Convened: 7:24 pm


We used this meeting to catch up on pending business, plan for our next work and to introduce ourselves and our work to Nate Cleveland.


Linda announced that this would be her last meeting, though she’ll continue to serve on the DRB. Linda has generously reached out to find her own replacement and invited Nate to come and see whether he’d be interested. And fortunately, he is! Bob also announced that he’ll be stepping down from the PC at the end of his current term, though he too will continue to serve on the DRB.


We discussed the timing our upcoming revisions of the Town Plan, due in 2017. Our revisions focus on energy planning and stormwater / flooding issues. The energy planning must align with TRORC’s energy plan that has been submitted for approval but is not yet approved. The TRORC plan sets renewable energy targets for Braintree and provides us with data and sample language. We may prohibit large renewable energy installations from some areas as long as we allow them in other parts of town in a way that will allow us to meet our targets. Braintree, along with Randolph and Bethel, are the first three towns to work on energy planning and we are meeting with TRORC and the other towns to work on energy planning. We are wondering whether we’d be wise to apply for an extension and will discuss this with our meeting with the larger energy planning group on 24 May.


Meanwhile, TRORC has provided us with maps that show optimal areas, optimal areas within one mile of three-phase power, and areas eliminated by environmental, agricultural and other issues. Joan will distribute:

  • Those maps for solar and wind power;
  • Target and energy planning information from TRORC; and
  • The latest news from Kevin Geiger at TRORC.


The PC would like to meet jointly with the Conservation Commission and representatives from the Braintree Historical Society (Jackson Evans?) in June for input into energy planning.

We’d also like to speak to Catamount Solar, though they may attend the energy planning meeting on 24 May.


We may plan a summer meeting at the college where we could compare energy planning maps with other useful layers from Vermont ANR and Braintree zoning.


Next PC meeting: June 8th @ 7 pm to discuss amendments to the 2010 Zoning Ordinance to improve language on 6 month siting of RVs and motor homes, equalizing side and rear setbacks, and determining / measuring road right-of-way.


/s/ Joan Richmond-Hall


Jan 192017

Braintree Planning Commission Meeting of 12 Jan 2017   Attending:          Bob Moyer, Linda Doane, Malcolm Fitzpatrick, Joan Richmond-Hall   Guest: Chris Sargent, TRORC   Convened at 7:05 pm.   We discussed incorporating energy targets into our revised town plan.   TRORC is doing Braintree, Bethel and Randolph first and hope to meet with all three … Read more >>

Oct 142016

Braintree PC Meeting of 13 October 2016   Attending: Jenn Phipps, Malcolm Fitzpatrick, Linda Doane, Bob Moyer, Joan Richmond-Hall   Called to order at 7:10 pm.   The select board signed the application for the Municipal Planning grant.   Town plan: Flooding issues Village designation for Braintree Energy siting and compliance with Act 174 Reviewing … Read more >>

Jun 232016

Joint meeting of the Braintree Conservation & Planning Commissions 22 June 2016   Attending:  Linda Morse, Megan O’Toole, Sandy Stevens, Jenn Phipps, Linda Doane, Bob Moyer, Malcolm Fitzgerald, Joan Richmond-Hall   Convened at 7:10 pm   Discussed issues of energy siting CC will review TRORC regional plan regarding intersection of energy & conservation. PC will … Read more >>

Nov 232015

  Braintree Planning Commission Minutes November 12, 2015   Attending:  Malcom Fitzgerald, Bob Moyer, Linda Doane, Mark Bannon, Jennifer Phipps, Holly Jarvis,  zoning, Lynda conservation commission Absent:  Joan Richmond-Hall   Zoning Administration:   Holly gave us an update of zoning.   The town is still working out what to do with the Hotel in Snowsville.  The building … Read more >>

Oct 152015

Braintree Planning Commission Minutes October 8, 2015   Attending:  Malcome Fitzgerald, Bob Moyer, Linda Doane, Mark Bannon, Jennifer Phipps Absent:  Joan Richmond-Hall   Connectivity: A flyer regarding VTEL service was provided to the planning commission.  VTEL wireless is offering 4G LTE service in Braintree.   The service is available without a contract. For more information contact … Read more >>

Oct 102014

Braintree PC Meeting of 9 Oct 2014   Attending: Bob Moyer                                         Linda Doane Malcolm Fitzpatrick                       Mark Bannon Jenn Phipps                                       Joan Richmond-Hall   Guest: Chris Sargent of TRORC Chris: Zoning is good forever, though Town Plans must be renewed / revised every five years. Towns are being urged to develop river protection plans … Read more >>

Sep 112014

Braintree Planning Commission Meeting 11 September 2014   Attending:    Bob Moyer, Linda Doane, Jenn Phipps, Malcolm Fitzgerald, Joan Richmond-Hall Convened at 7:05 pm Next month Chris Sargent is coming to talk to him about our next zoning rewrite. We want to be sure we know what issues we want him to focus on: New, larger … Read more >>

Aug 272014

Braintree Joint Conservation / Planning Commission of 27 August 2014 Attending: Linda Morse, Megan O’Toole, Joan Richmond-Hall Meeting convened at 7:15 pm. Minutes of July were approved. TRORC grant for the Thayer Brook site: Linda has it very nearly completed. The proposal and budget have been approved by the selectboard. It will be submitted on … Read more >>