Planning Commission Minutes

Jan 172019

Braintree PC meeting, 10 Jan 2019



Joan Richmond-Hall, Nathan Cleveland, Jackson Evans



Victoria Littlefield of TRORC


Convened at 7:05 pm.


We reviewed the transportation chapter of the Town Plan and worked to incorporate suggestions made by Jeff Masterson in a 2016 meeting with the PC.

We will share the updated draft with Jeff.


We had a preliminary discussion about the final chapter to be reviewed, Land Use. The formal review will occur at our February meeting.


We reviewed the comments and suggestions made by TRORC about our existing Town Plan to be sure we will have addressed all of their concerns. We will double check these concerns in February.

    1. A statement or goal encouraging public participation.
    2. Land use: include smart-growth principles in a goal or policy.
    3. Transportation: include air and rail. – DONE


  • Natural, scenic & cultural resources: Add a goal specific to mitigation of forest fragmentation. – This may be added to land use.


    1. Housing: Add a goal encouraging multi-family housing and where it might be located.


  • Natural resources: add a goal or policy that addresses the need to ‘restore earth extraction’; i.e. gravel pits. – DONE



It’s worth noting that TRORC did not approve recent Town Plans from Randolph and Norwich because they did not address similar concerns and did not include all needed elements in their town plans, and failed to meet state legal standards for regional approval.


Finally, Tori has suggested that we add a table or matrix that summarizes all goals and policies of the revised plan and we agree.


Adjourned at 8:20 pm.


/s/ Joan Richmond-Hall

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

Braintree Planning Commission meeting of 12 April 2018   Attending: Jenn Phipps, Nathan Cleveland, Jackson Evans, Joan Richmond-Hall   Convened at 7:05 pm.   (1) We discussed the plans for students in the 4th to 6th grade of Braintree Elementary School to take photos for the revised version of our Town Plan. Nate has done … Read more >>

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 >>

Sep 152017

Braintree Planning Commission: 14 September 2017   Attending:        Bob Moyer, Malcolm Fitzpatrick, Jenn Phipps, Nathan Cleveland, Joan Richmond-Hall   The meeting convened at 7:08 pm.   Energy siting revisions: We will submit the revised plan with the language proposed by TRORC. We could address additional issues during the period of the MPG. Scale of solar … Read more >>

Aug 112017

  Braintree Planning Commission Meeting of 10 July 2017   Attending:          Bob Moyer, Jenn Phipps, Nathan Cleveland, Joan Richmond-Hall   Guests:                                Holly Jarvis   Convened: 7:10 pm   Minutes of the last meeting were approved.   MPG Our planned guest from TRORC was not able to attend. We will try to meet with her … Read more >>