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Mar 272020

Braintree Planning Commission Meeting of 25 March 2020


Attending: Jenn Phipps, Paul Kendall, Jackson Evans, Malcolm Fitzpatrick, Joan Richmond-Hall


Convened at 7:02 pm by phone conference in light of the COVID-19 pandemic


Malcolm felt that there were a number of issues that needed to be addressed in the Town Plan but were missing in this draft.

  • Groundwater and aquifer maps should be included. If this information isn’t available, then we should make plans to get it.
  • Braintree needs plans to develop a more resilient back roads system that is more resistant to weather and allows emergency vehicle access across town even in mud season.
  • Braintree’s higher ground, for example along the top of Braintree Hill, doesn’t have fire-fighting ponds. We should consider locating water tanks on the higher ground.
    > Malcolm will contact Mike Hildenbrand, chief of Randolph’s Fire Department to get his feedback.
  • Roadside shade trees should be maintained and thinned. This would require landowner’s permission and that of the tree warden but should be done.
  • Flooding is a major issue. We should get ahead of the State’s coming stormwater regulations and require residential construction to assess groundwater runoff and mitigation.

> Joan will ask TRORC what they are planning to do about upcoming stormwater rules.


Jackson likes the new, concise format. He’ll send granular edits to Paul K.

  • Chapter 1 is good.
  • Chapter 2:
    • Agrees that we need to check the items that Paul highlighted.

> Joan will do a bit more research here and check sources.

  • Wonders if the child-care section is outdated in light of universal pre-K and after-school until 5 pm programs.

> Jackson will do a bit of research on the current child-care situation and will check in with employers.

  • Chapter 3: Notes that we’ll need to go back and add sources.
    • Added a paragraph about Braintree’s architectural history. There may be additional information on Snowsville. Needs to add information on old dams as evidence of an ‘industrial’ past.
    • 5.3: Clarified that we have no “identified” archeological resources.
  • Chapter 4:
    • Notes that Braintree may be maxed out for new housing sites: geographically challenged (particularly in light of need for two septic sites).
    • 5: Need to consider the balance between solar and wind development vs. preserving agricultural land.



  • Chapter 1: good
  • Chapter 2: No mention of Stagecoach?
    • Need to double check descriptions of town officers and volunteers (Town Report)
    • In policies/actions:
      • How do we: attract the young? Improve transportation? Develop the economy?
    • Need to clarify the connection between climate change and forests.
    • How recent is development or densification in South Braintree.
    • Housing should include all types of housing, not just apartment buildings.
    • Add wood to the energy section.
  • Chapter 4: Needs to include:
    • Housing
    • EV charging
    • Single-family homes
    • Isn’t Randolph providing sufficient socialization for seniors?



In the interests of time Joan will send her comments to Paul. They are largely in agreement with others comments.


Next meeting will focus on policies and actions.

  • Paul will pull together earlier policies and actions, organize them and weed out repetition.
  • Joan will send around TRORC’s last replies about required elements.
  • Malcom will draft areas of concern to him, particularly water.
  • Jackson will consider childcare and housing sites.
  • Jen will focus on housing.


Adjourned at 8:50 pm.


Tentative schedule for next meeting: Thursday 16 April by phone conference


/s/ Joan Richmond-Hall

Mar 252020

Town of Braintree Draft Auditors Meeting Minutes  –  March 23, 2020 ** Meeting remotely using conference line for the Town of Braintree (802-210-4472) **   Attendees:  Tom Cooch, Lin Brown, Jessica Brassard (invited)   Mr. Cooch called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.   No changes were made to the agenda.   The minutes … Read more >>

Mar 202020

Unapproved Minutes Emergency Braintree Selectboard Meeting Wednesday, March 18, 2020   Present via Remote Conference Calling: Megan O’Toole, Selectboard Chair Charles McMeekin, Selectboard Member Daniel Burson, Selectboard Member     Present at Town Office: Jessica Brassard, Town Clerk/Treasurer Janice R. Russell, Administrative Assistant   Ms. O’Toole called the emergency meeting to order by phone at … Read more >>

Mar 202020

Unapproved Minutes Braintree Selectboard Meeting Tuesday, March 17, 2020     Present via Remote Conference Calling: Megan O’Toole, Selectboard Chair                                                      Thomas Cooch, Resident Charles McMeekin, Selectboard Member                                                 Sandy Cooch, Resident Daniel Burson, Selectboard Member              Tim Caulfield, Emergency Management Director Keegan Haupt, Selectboard Member   Present at Town Office: Loren Bent, Selectboard … Read more >>

Mar 202020

For those who need access to the internet during this period where a lot of us are trying to complete normal tasks “remotely”, there is a public Wifi network available at the Braintree Town Office. Network information is posted on the front door of the office. Please feel free to use the connection while outside … Read more >>

Mar 182020

An Emergency Selectboard Meeting will be held tonight, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, via teleconference.  The item on the agenda is Town of Braintree’s response for employees time used during the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Scott’s State of Emergency requirements. Teleconference number is 802-210-4472.    

Mar 182020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Town buildings will be closed to the public until April 6 or until further notice.   Town staff will continue to be available, normal business hours, to assist residents by phone, e-mail, U.S. Postal Service, and by appointment with preventive protocols in place. Meetings of all boards are to either … Read more >>

Mar 162020

Town of Braintree operations update: As we all rearrange our lives and routines to slow and prevent to spread of COVID-19, please keep in mind: 1. The town office will remain open until further notice. If you are not feeling well, or if you have been exposed to or around others who are not feeling … Read more >>

Mar 162020

The 03/17/2020 Selectboard will be held over the phone. At 6pm, please dial 802-210-4472 (no passcode required) to attend the meeting. The Selectboard recommends that all participants call in from your cell phone so that you can mute your line when not speaking. This cuts down on background noise and other disruptions.