Planning Commission Minutes

Jun 122020

Braintree PC meeting of 11 June 2020


Attending: Paul Kendall, Malcom Fitzpatrick, Jackson Evans, Joan Richmond-Hall


Convened at 7:06 pm


Discussed the implementation matrix in chapter 5.


  • Regarding increasing setbacks from streams Macolm argues for keeping the 50-foot minimum and then asking for site plan review by the DRB if the building is within that distance. A set of criteria would have to be developed. One way of look at that is a variance or waiver.
    • Use language that suggest that the UB revise it to increase flood resilience.


  • Malcolm suggests that we encourage the development of construction of community solar.


  • Malcolm suggests that new development be reviewed to minimize runoff.
    • Joan will email Jeff about the use of small retention ponds in road ditching. Is this allowed by state road standards and their grants program.


  • Comments on the implementation matrix
  • Discussion of what audiences we’d like to have review and comment on the plan or specific parts of it. Partial list here:
    • Selectboard and Braintree town officials
    • Bob Moyer
    • Neighboring PCs
    • Joshua Jerome in Randolph
    • RASTA and similar organizations
    • Housing guy….
    • TRORC
    • Josh Hannaford, VT HCD
    • Nate Cleveland, VT ACCD


Next steps:

All: Please consider priority level and timeline for the SB items in Chapter 5.

Malcolm: review of water related chapters

Joan: fact and statistic checking


  • Get a copy of the Chapter 5 implementation matrix to the SB prior to our next meeting to get their reactions to their responsibilities.


Adjourned at 7:59 pm


Next meeting: 7 pm on 9 July 2020 by phone at, 802-210-4472

[23 July if Joan needs more time; Joan to notify group by 25 June if this rollback is needed.]


/s/ Joan Richmond-Hall


Feb 192020

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Aug 092019

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Aug 162018

Braintree PC Meeting of 9 August 2018   Attending: Joan Richmond-Hall, Jenn Phipps, Nate Cleveland, Malcolm Fitzpatrick   Guest: Chris Damiani   Convened at 7:15 pm.   Chris has received our notes about the plan’s first chapters and will incorporate our suggested changes.   We reviewed the housing chapter with special attention to: Affordable housing … Read more >>

Apr 162018

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Feb 092018

Braintree PC meeting of 14 December 2017   Attending:          Bob Moyer, Malcolm Fitzpatrick, Jenn Phipps, Joan Richmond-Hall   The meeting convened at 7:20 pm.   We had a brief planning meeting concerning where revision of the town plan stands.   Select board approved re-adoption of our old (existing) town plan revised to include the … Read more >>

Nov 142017

Braintree Planning Commission Meeting of 9 November 2017   Attending: Bob Moyer, Jenn Phipps, Joan Richmond-Hall   Convened at 7:05 pm.     Touched base about the select board meeting to approve the revised town plan on Tuesday, 5th December.   We should be hearing about the municipal planning grant in the next week or … Read more >>