MINUTES OF THE FRANKLIN PLANNING
Tuesday, December 19,
HOMESTEAD DINING ROOM
Clark Hubbard, Peter Kittell, David Bennion, Cyrus Grennon,
Dan Larivee, Rolland Rainville
Meeting called to
order at: 7:30 pm
Approval of Minutes:
David Bennion moved to approve the minutes from November, Dan seconded the
motion. All approved.
Old Business: Clark explained the regulations for setbacks for solar
projects. John Ho is not building his
project on slabs. All panels will be on
poles. John’s project meets the State of
requirements for setbacks which is 25 feet.
Clark will draft a letter to John Ho
stating that the PC approves his project.
New Business: The PC worked during their annual Christmas
Pizza Party. The PC welcomed Taylor
Newton to the meeting.
spoke about the Municipal Plan, and the decision to hold off on the energy
enhancement portion of the plan. Taylor brought the draft
of the Enhanced Energy Plan for the PC to review. The PC went over questions regarding
statements (eg: power companies, dams) on the plan with Taylor.
Together the group made corrections to the plan.
Dan had a question regarding the word Enhanced in the
plan. Taylor said that the plan provides more data
than previous plans. If a plan is
approved, the State public Utility Commission then gives the town plan
deference. The Town of Franklin also has a “say” in decisions that
the Public Utility Commission proposes. Dan was concerned whether or not the
adoption of this plan would make it harder for individuals to make energy
changes. Taylor said that no, it would not. Cyrus
asked Taylor how the numbers in the document
with regards to Franklin
were determined. Taylor said that they are a “guestemation” by
the state. The Taylor also explained the advantage to
putting solar on a “preferred location” to the landowner. Taylor told
the PC that our target for wood heat is zero, because the Town of Franklin has a large number
of landowners who heat with wood. The PC
also discussed with Taylor
efficient heating systems such as the Electric Heat Pump system. Taylor
gave the PC contact information for a representative from Efficiency Vermont. A
representative will come to a meeting (PC, Selectboard, or Town Meeting) to
talk about efficient systems.
went over the listing of preferred locations for solar energy. (roof tops,
landfills, and brown fields parking lots)
The PC discussed the open meadows of the State Park.
The PC asked Taylor
to add State, municipal and school properties to be considered preferred. Taylor also explained the
advantage to putting solar on a “preferred location” to the landowner. There is a financial benefit to landowners
who use solar energy. Taylor also confirmed that the PC is in
agreement with the statement that facilities less than 35 acres are
preferred. (5 megawatts)
Rolland asked Taylor
about size of facilities and if an individual with land could put up a larger facility.
said that land could be developed, provided the infrastructure can support the
output. Also, the developer needs to
find buyers for the output and that the facilities are taxable by a town. Often land is leased by a company. There is no maintenance for the town if a
company leases for a solar facility. Taylor explained the
process that would be involved in developing such a facility.
had a question for the PC on page 6 of the plan. He wanted to make sure that the PC was ok
with the height determination of a wind turbine being labeled
industrial/commercial if height was over 100 feet (excluding blades). Such a turbine does not meet regional
standards. The PC agreed with the
statement with regards to the village
went over page 8 and 9 to determine what the PC wants to exclude.
EXCLUDE: *create an energy committee *create a higher energy
standard for homes *conduct an energy audit of public buildings (that has
already been done)
said that page 12 and 13 reference renewable facilities in town.
The PC asked if biomass would contribute to the energy
target. Taylor said it is supported. He said it will
contribute to the Franklin
target, (table 9.9) but there is not good information about biomass potential.
Biomass will go towards the target that is shown on table 9.9.
The PC went over with Taylor
the approval process for getting the Enhances Energy Plan approved. Taylor
will have the plan ready for the PC for January meeting. The Selectboard will become part of the
process, and a public meeting will be scheduled.
left the meeting at 8:30 pm.
Motion to adjourn: Clark made a
motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:35 pm, seconded by Dan. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at
The next regular meeting of the Franklin Planning Commission
will be January 16, 2018 at the Homestead Dining Room.
December 20, 2017
Maureen Sodaro, Secretary
These minutes are not
final until approved by the Planning Commission at their next regular meeting.