The Brattleboro Selectboard will meet on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 6:15pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Brattleboro Municipal Center at 230 Main Street. The public may also participate in the meeting over Zoom. The attached agenda contains information on how to access the meeting remotely, including the required “passcode.” ASL interpreters will be available for deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.
1. Call to Order
2. Review of Development Proposals
a. Brattleboro Museum & Arts Center, 10 Vernon Street, Downtown Historic District; review of proposed new wall sign; Tax Map Parcel #325212.000.
6:00 – 6:10 Call to Order
Agenda Amendments, Announcements
6:10 – 6:15 Minutes of March 7, 2022
Discussion of Edits, Motion to Approve
6:15 – 6:45 3-4-50 Program – Guest: Rolf Parker, Building a Positive Community (BAPC)
Education on tools to promote community health
The Town of Brattleboro is looking for feedback as we redesign our website. If you are interested in being a part of a focus group to discuss items such as website navigation, content, and design please submit your name to Sue Fillion, Planning Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-251-8112. The focus group will be 1.5 hours long and take place during the month of December. Participants will be able to participate on Zoom or in person at the Municipal Center. Focus group participants will receive a small stipend for their time.
Hear about the proposed goals and share your thoughts on how to meet the community’s housing needs.
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The Town of Brattleboro is conducting a housing survey to help the Town and its partners create housing solutions to address pressing housing needs. Your contribution to the study of housing needs is very important. Findings from the survey will be incorporated into a Housing Action Plan that is expected to be completed this fall. Take the survey at http://tinyurl.com/brattleborohousing. In addition to residents of Brattleboro, property owners and those who would like to live in Brattleboro but have had trouble finding housing are encouraged to take the survey.
The first “hybrid” meeting using a combination of in-person and zoom participants had no real technical issues to speak of, but many interesting details to discern.
Big news was the agreement being worked out with owners of the nearby Connecticut River dams. They will be changing their operations to create a more natural water flow, which is good news for the river banks, all sorts of critters, recreation, and even the company’s plans for the future.
New land use amendments were approved, as was a mural project. The board also heard of two new places in town to get drinks more easily – Retreat Farm and craft experiment at the River Garden.
At their first meeting in July, the Brattleboro Selectboard will make it easier to buy liquor downtown and at Retreat Farm with the granting of two new liquor licenses. They will also buy pick-up trucks, approve a new mural for a parking lot, contemplate repairs on the Elliot Street bridge, adopt new Land Use regulations, discuss their summer meeting schedule, review their goals, approve of dams, and more.
You can bring up other items not on the agenda during hybrid public participation.
6:00-6:05 Call to order Public Hearing
6:05-7:00 Public Hearing on proposed land use amendments
1. Staff Presentation on proposed land use amendments
2. Public Comment
6:55-7:00 Adjourn Public Hearing
7:00 – 7:05 Open Public Meeting
A new “Fossil Fuel Free Facilities Fund” will be up for discussion at the next regular meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard. The 5F is intended to set aside money each year to help cover costs to the Town of switching away from fossil fuels. The latest revision, by Sustainability Coordinator Stephen Dotson, sets out the purpose and operation of the new fund.
Planning Services Director Sue Fillion will join the meeting to provide an update on the Tri-Park Master Plan, the updated Local Emergency Management Plan will be adopted, the board will continue to discuss their goals for the new year, some financial matters will be dealth with, and more. You can always bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.
6:00-6:05 Meeting Called to Order
6:05-6:10 Welcome and Introductions
6:15-6:20 Approve Minutes of March 1, 20201
A. Call to order
a. Agenda additions or deletions
b. Assign minutes taker
B. Approve minutes of February 22, 2021
C. Discussion with guest Jenepher Burnell, Town Assessor (5:45 pm)
D. Discussion with guest Rich Holschuh, Atowi Project Director (6:00 pm)
Water leaks and collapsing walls were part of the first post-Daylight Savings Time regular meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard. The Department of Public Works reported on a couple of recent and ongoing emergency repairs downtown involving water.
The board heard an update on the work of the Windham Regional Commission, found out more about how poorly parking revenues are going this year, hired a company to do cemetery maintenance, and purchased some new playground equipment. And board members said goodbye to Brandie Starr and Jan Anderson, thanking them for their service.
Shall the voters of Brattleboro be allowed to vote to opt-in to retail sales of cannabis? The Brattleboro Selectboard will decide it the question will be asked on March 2 ballots at their next special meeting.
They’ll also accept a planning grant and continue with their review of the FY22 budget, which is a great time for Representative Town Meeting Reps to pay attention and report back to all of us about what the budget will contain.
Call to Order
Review and Approve Minutes of previous meeting.
Review of Cases/Public.
2020-70 Pass Trading, LLC; Mixed Use Neighborhood District; request for Sign Approval to replace wall signs with conforming externally lit sign with new business name adopted by new property/business owner and a Variance to replace a price panel on a freestanding sign that is non-conforming for area, height, and lighting in contradiction to Section 319.L of the Regulations at 228 Canal Street; Tax Map Parcel 325401.000
The Brattleboro Selectboard approved a proposal for a Community Safety Review facilitation team. They chose a local proposal, created a committee, and decided on how much to pay for stipends.
Other issues before the board involved the Department of Public Works, some grants, and gathering data on housing to aid town planning.
Brattleboro Planning Commission
Monday, September 14, 2020
NOTE: Per the “Stay Home – Stay Safe” order issued by Governor Scott, this meeting will be held with no physical location using Zoom.
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
Town of Brattleboro Planning Services
March 20, 2020
All Planning Commission, Conservation Commission, and Development Review Board Meetings will be canceled until further notice.
A. Meeting called to Order [Planning Commission Chair]
B. Announcements [Planning Commission Chair] (5 minutes)
C. Public Comments [Planning Commission Chair]
The Brattleboro Selectboard had an extended discussion of the appropriateness of giving the new sustainability coordinator $10,000 for community programs and outreach. Was this what Representative Town Meeting intended? Will the line item grow out of control?
Brattleboro is joining with other Vermont municipalities and VLCT to request some time, some authority, and some money when and if commercial cannabis operations are legalized. It is expected in the coming legislative session. The board continued discussions of FY21 and signed on for some training.