Planning & Zoning Meeting Minutes
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Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting


October 12, 2009



Members and Town Officials Present


Present were Planning and Zoning Commissioners: Janet Rochester, Chairwoman, Jack Griffin, David Taylor, Alicia Dodd, and Edward Raffetto. Also present was Zoning Administrator and Town Planner Christopher Jakubiak and Sarah Franklin.

Approval of Minutes

On a motion by Mr. Raffetto, seconded by Mr. Griffin, the Planning Commission unanimously approved the minutes of the September 14, 2009 meeting.

New Business

1.        Recodification of Zoning Ordinance - Mr. Jakubiak presented the Zoning and Subdivision ordinances introduced by the Town commissioners for re-codification. Mr. Jakubiak pointed out that the subdivision ordinance has not been changed. He addressed a number of minor changes to the zoning ordinance.

        The revised sign regulations previously approved by the planning commission are incorporated.

        The minimum lot width in the R2 zone is reduced from 60 feet to 50 feet which provision is currently under review by the planning and zoning commission.

        The previously adopted Community Character Overlay district regulations are incorporated into the ordinance.

        The previously adopted administrative adjustment provisions are incorporated into the ordinance.

        The article and section numbers have been changed as a result of the recodification of all ordinances.

Mr. Raffetto made a motion to set November 9, 2009 as the public hearing date for the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances, seconded by Mr. Taylor, and unanimously approved.


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1.        Draft Comprehensive Plan Discussion: Ms. Franklin asked that the Planning and Zoning Commission set their January 11 meeting as the public hearing date for the Comprehensive Plan.

Mr. Raffetto made a motion to set January 11, 2009 as the public hearing date for the Comprehensive Plan, seconded by Mr. Taylor, and unanimously approved.


2.        Discussion: Ms. Franklin presented a staff report regarding a proposal to Amend Article 5, Section 501C of the Church Hill Zoning Ordinance to reduce minimum lot width in the R-2 zoning district from 60 feet to 50 feet.

Ms. Franklin noted that there would be short term impacts due to the new lots that could be created on vacant lots and long term impacts, in which lots one house on them today could be redeveloped with multiple houses in the future.

Mr. Raffetto made a motion to accept the staff recommendation to reduce the minimum lot width in the R2 zone from 60 to 50 feet, seconded by Mr. Taylor, and unanimously approved.


3.        Discussion: Ms. Franklin presented a staff report regarding a proposal to Amend Article 7, Section 202 of the Church Hill Zoning Ordinance to permit adjacent non-conforming lots in the same ownership to be developed as separate lots under certain conditions.

Ms. Franklin reported the findings of an evaluation of lots which would be impacted by this regulation change: lots with widths between 50 and 75 feet in the R-1 zone. She noted that there are 30-35 lots that are between 50 and 75 feet wide and about four of them are currently adjacent lots in single ownership.

Discussion followed Ms. Franklin's presentation. Mr. Raffetto stated he would not want to do damage to those with non-conforming lots that once had a house on them.

Mr. Griffin stated he felt that if there had been a house on a property an individual should have a right to put a house back on the same property.

There was discussion of how best to ensure that the language of the amendment would only allow a house to be constructed if there was a previously existing house within a recent timeframe. It was agreed that the best method would be to state that if the lot had a sewer tap it would be permitted to re-build under certain conditions.

Mr. Raffetto made a motion to ask Jakubiak & Associates, Inc. to draft zoning language for consideration as an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance. Mr. Raffetto noted that the language should permit the minimum required lot with in the R1 zone to be reduced for those adjacent lots in single ownership which have a sewer hook-up but where the house has been torn down in conformity to the specifications in the conclusion of the staff report [Both lots must be a minimum of 10,000 square feet in size; All other dimensional regulations shall apply; Both lots must be located outside of the Critical Area; Both lots must have been in existence before September 1, 2009] seconded by Mr. Griffin, and unanimously approved.


Comments

There were no public comments during the Public Comment period.


Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at about 7:45 PM on a motion by Mr. Raffetto, seconded by Mr. Taylor, and unanimously approved.