August 1, 2014

Hearing set on subdivisions regulations

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By Tom Gresham
Observer staff

The Selectboard agreed to hold separate public hearings on two versions of interim subdivision regulations at its May 16 meeting.
The board will hold the hearings as long as it receives approval for the unusual arrangement from legal counsel. Town Planner Lee Nellis suggested the hearings to solve a debate about which version of the regulations should go to hearing.

Each version would produce major changes in the current subdivision regulations, but the most recent version, informally titled “Skipping Ahead,” includes particularly substantial changes in the criteria used for allocating phasing to residential projects. Phasing rules require larger subdivisions to be built over several years.

The phasing criteria changes originated with a task force working on the comprehensive town plan update. Some Selectboard members have expressed reluctance with taking the task force’s recommendations before the town plan process has been completed.

Nellis and Selectboard Chairwoman Ginny Lyons each said they have heard concerns from Planning Commission members about the Skipping Ahead plan. The Planning Commission was poised to review the draft Tuesday night. Results of that meeting were not available at press time.

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