Franklin Planning Commission
September 17, 2019
Town Clerk’s Office
Members Present: Clark Hubbard, Sam Gervais, Dave
Bennion, Dan Larivee,
Rolland Rainville (8:00 pm)
Guests: Lisa Hango, Charen Fegard (representatives)
Meeting called to order at: 7:34 pm
Approval of Minutes: Dave made a motion to accept the
August minutes, Dan seconded the motion. all approved the minutes.
Old Business: Old business is combined with the new
New Business: Lisa Hango and Charen Fegard are
visiting other town Planning Commission and Selectboard meetings to get an
understanding of what is happening in the towns they represent. The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance.
read the letter that Judith McLaughlin wrote to the PC and Selectboard
concerning the issues discussed at the August meeting. See attached letter. Clark and
the PC feel that what is expressed in the letter were all discussed at the
August meeting. Clark
mentioned to the Selectboard at the August meeting page11, page 77, and page 69
of the Town Development regulations. Also discussed is the fact that the town
is not responsible for plowing private roads.
Clark reviewed the regulations regarding transitioning
seasonal homes to year round homes. Clark had said that it is up to the owner of the summer
homes, (the lease owner) to hold the renter responsible for not following the
lease that was granted. The PC feels it
is not up to the town to enforce leases.
Clark asked the representatives present
if that is correct. Charon and Lisa
discussed the issue and said that they could ask legislation counsel regarding
the responsibility of such an issue.
Charon said that the statute that is quoted in Judith’s letter does not
state specifically who is responsible for managing the issue. Charon said she assumes it might be the
municipality. The discussion went on and
it was agreed that in this situation, the lease needs to be reviewed to
determine whether or not they are specified as seasonal or not. The interim ZA is currently in the process of
reviewing all the leases. Lisa Hango
feels that the issue in the letter should go before a Zoning Board of
Adjustment. Dave said that the issue is
a Selectboard issue and is on the agenda of the Selectboard meeting for
Clark made notations regarding information regarding
variances for conversion from seasonal to year round from the Town Development
Regulations (page 11- violations, page 77- Dwelling units Seasonal, page 69-
variances. There should be state
approved potable water/sewer, 2 parking spots off street, and lease should not
state seasonal. Also, camps cannot be
rebuilt next to the lake within set backs. The town does not provide services
if road is a private road.) Dave will bring the information to the Selectboard
meeting on September 18.
if there was a large number of year round homes on lake, and the PC said
no. Most of the year round homes on the
lake are in the Blackwoods area as the land the homes are on is not leased, it
Rolland attended the meeting at 8:00 pm
Lisa asked the PC if many camps were in violation. Clark said
there were also a few on the lake that are in violation of seasonal use, as
well as a few on the Hill Road. The ZA assistant is working on identifying
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Dave stated that the Selectboard cannot deal with a
complaint about violations, unless the complaint is in writing. The issue being discussed was the result of a
The legislators agreed that the wording on the leases is
important(seasonal or not)
The PC discussed other concerns with the legislators
Dan had a concern for the legislators regarding an issue
that a farmer had while driving equipment down 105. He pulled over and was berated by a driver
behind. The legislators said that if the
farmer was feeling unsafe it would be an issue for the state police.
Sam and Clark discussed the difference between a remodel of
a camp and a rebuild of a camp.
Replacement and re-do of septic systems was also discussed.
The PC discussed
the issue of 90 percent renewable energy as told by the State of Vermont with our
representatives. On one hand the state is expecting the renewable energy, yet
there is difficulty getting approval.
Lisa said that the regulations from the State of Vermont regarding energy issues and others
issues are to insure that towns have same regulations.
The PC expressed concerns about the school merger and the
effect on the future of Franklin
Central School. Lisa said that Franklin Northeast made sure
that in the contract not one school in Franklin Northeast will close. She urged the PC to look at the contract that
was developed in our merger to see if there is similar language that Franklin
Clark signed a request for
FY20 Municipal Resolution for Municipal Planning Grant.
Dan made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:50 pm. Sam seconded the motion. All approved the motion. The meeting was adjourned at 8:52 pm.
The next regular meeting of the Planning Commission will
be held on October 15, 2019 at the Town Clerk’s office.
Maureen Sodaro, Secretary
September 18, 2019
Minutes are not final until approved at the next regular