Planning Commission Updates
As discussed at a special meeting held by the Planning Commission (PC) on Monday February 12, we are seeking to establish an Advisory Committee for the selection of a Planning Consultant:
The Planning Commission is looking to assemble an Advisory Committee to assist in the hiring process of a consultant for the Commercial District project. The PC received a Municipal Planning Grant from the State of Vermont for work in the Commercial District. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) has been sent out to solicit responses from consultants. While you may view the full RFQ HERE, we have included the following project description:
This project’s goal is to ensure future development within Jericho’s Commercial District (CD) will balance the Town’s desires to protect the scenic views to the mountains and the town’s rural character, with the Town’s interest to provide an area distinct from the Village Centers, that is designed in an aesthetically-pleasing and well-functioning way, to support local businesses and sustainable economic development.
The PC envisions four project components/deliverables:
The purpose of this post is to solicit community members to join the Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee will be made up of two members of the PC, two Commercial District Property owners and two members of the community at large.
What would your commitment be?
The responses from the consultants is due on March 7. Immediately after that date, the Advisory Committee will choose a small number of consultants to interview. The Advisory Committee will then interview the consultants, choose a preferred consultant and finally to recommend the preferred consultant to the PC. The PC would welcome members of the consultant selection Advisory Committee to continue serving in a similar capacity throughout the Commercial District project, however a project advisory committee may take on a different form upon recommendation from the consultant.
If interested, please contact the Planning Coordinator, Katherine Sonnick (email@example.com).
Thank you for your interest.
The Planning Commission will next meet on Thursday February 22. They will meet first at 6:30 pm for 30 minutes and then meet with the Development Review Board, during the DRB's normal meeting time.
The purpose of the short meeting is to plan the upcoming public informaiton meeting on the Natural Resources Overlay.
The purpose of the meeting with the DRB is it to mainly provide an opportunity for open communication between the boards.
Both agendas may be found on the Planning Commissions Agendas and Minutes webpage.
The Planning Commission called a special meeting for Monday February 12th. The following items were on the agenda:
For more information, click on the link on the right sidebar for the MMCTV video recording of the February 12 meeting.
***ADOPTED*** Draft Land Use Regulations
On August 3, the Selectboard adopted amendments to the Land Use Regulations (“AKA Zoning Regulations") and they became effective on August 24th. See the Changes below:
Below is a short summary of the changes which were mostly technical and clarifying in nature, with no change in policy direction.
So, what is next for the Planning Commission? During the zoning amendment process, they heard many comments from the community and have included those comments along with Town Plan tasks in a list. They are currently working on sorting that list as well as ordering their priorities. Most recently they determined they would work first on a natural resources project they began last year and then move on to energy planning and then specific issues related to zoning districts through town. Throughout their work they will also address updates that were brought forth through public comment. That priority list is posted below under the August 1 PC meeting summary.
Click on the links below for specifics regarding the Zoning Changes:
The PowerPoint Presentation explaining the regulation changes and the amendment process that was delivered to the Selectboard on July 6th.
To learn more about the Planning Commission's process leading up to the draft Amendments as submitted to the Selectboard, see the Planning Commission Meeting summaries below.
Planning Commission Meeting Summaries
In an effort to keep the public up to date on current Planning Commission activities we are providing summaries of recent meetings below.
January 16, 2018
The following items were discussed at this meeting:
The draft minutes may be found on the Planning Commission Minutes and Agenda page and the MMCTV video of the meeting available on this page's right sidebar.
December 5, 2017
Jericho Planning Commission discussed the following items:
The minutes may be found on the Minutes and Agenda page and the MMCTV video of the meeting is posted on this page's right sidebar.
The Jericho and Underhill Planning Commissions held a joint meeting at the Jericho Town Hall on November 7th.
The boards discussed issues of commonality, including the shared borders, natural resources connectivity, bike and pedestrian projects, planning and zoning initiatives and the shared Riverside/Flats village center. In particular, regarding Riverside/Flats village center, Jericho shared details about the character based zoning that governs the Jericho portion of the area and their vision for focusing growth in the village centers and preserving the open space and rural character of the town.
The boards agreed to keep communication open, share what they are working on and committed to halding future meetings together.
The MMCTV video may be viewed by clicking the link on the right sidebar. The minutes are available on the Planning Commission Agenda and Minutes webpage.
The Planning Commission met on Tuesday October 17. The following items were discussed:
The draft minutes of the meeting may be found on the Planning Commission minutes and agenda page. The MMCTV video, may be viewed by clicking on the link on the right sidebar.
October 3, 2017
The Planning Commission met Tuesday October 3. Some highlights from the meeting are summarized below:
They discussed their reciently applied for Municipal Planning Grant. This is for continuted work in the Commercial District. They will hear back from the state if they receive the grant in December. In the meantime, they hope to begin some early discussions with the Commercial District property owners. They hope to encourage community wide particiaption throughout the whole process.
They also talked about agricultural issues related to the Town Plan and the Zoning. They discussed the importance of having land suitable for agriculture and value-added agricultural endeavors in Jericho as well as the importance to residents of preserving the rural landscape. The PC decided that at the current time they would prioritize looking at regulations that could affect agriculture as a natural resource, integrated with the Natural Resources Overlay review. They will continue this discussion in upcoming PC meeting after continued research on agricultural land and potential methods for conservation.
The PC looked at the energy implementation task from the Town Plan and noted that including language about passive solar siting could be worked into the zoning regulations as “encouraging” its development both in the general development standards as well as on the zoning permit application and the DRB applications. In future meetings they will look further into the language they had already developed in the PUD text regarding density bonuses for development with a higher level of energy efficiency.
The Planning Commission is working on scheduling meetings with the Underhill Planning Commission and the Jericho DRB in the upcoming months. More information about that will be available when the meetings are scheduled.
The draft minutes may be viewed on the PC Minutes Page. The MMCTV video of the meeting may be viewed by clicking on the link on the right sidebar of this page.
September 19, 2017
The Planning Commission met on Tuesday September 19. They discussed the following items:
Minutes of the meeting are available for review on the PC Agenda and Minutes Page. The MMCTV video of the meeting may be viewed on the right sidebar of this page.
August 15, 2017
The Planning Commission met on Tuesday August 15.
They restarted a discussion they had begun in 2015 on revising the Natural Resources Overlay District section of the Zoning Regulations. The Conservation Commission had done a lot of work on the draft and the PC thought that it would be valuable to talk with them before moving forward. The PC also intends to have a public workshop on the draft sometime in the fall. Stay tuned for more information on the timing and for further details.
The minutes may be viewed in the PC minutes page and the MMCTV video of the meeting is available on the sidebar on the upper right of this page.
August 1, 2017 Meeting
The Planning Commission continued to discuss their upcoming planning tasks. The tasks come from two general sources. The 2016 Town Plan task list and public comment received this year. They have sorted the tasks from those two sources into 2 spreadsheets. One includes the "shovel-ready" projects that the PC can begin work on immediately. The second contains tasks that need further research. The ones that need further research will be included with the shovel-ready projects when the general topic is discussed. For example, when the PC talks about the natural resources project the planner will review the open space plan and make sure they comply. Click on the links below for the spreadsheets that show the tasks and sorted tasks as well as a spreadsheet that shows them all combined.
The PC also spent time looking at draft Official PC Rules of Procedure. These were not adopted at the meeting but are on the agenda for their next meeting.
The MMCTV video of the meeting is available for viewing on the sidebar to the upper right. The meeting minutes are avaialbe for viewing on the PC minutes and agenda page.
July 18, 2017 Meeting
The PC discussed their upcoming planning tasks. The tasks come from two general sources. The 2016 Town Plan task list and public comment received this year. During their next several meetings they will continue to sort and refine.
They discussed having a presence at the Jericho Farmers Market. More to come for details.
They looked at implementing official PC Rules of Procedure. The draft document they are reviewing will be further discussed and voted on to approve at their next meeting.
The draft minutes are posted on the PC minutes page and the MMCTV video is available through the link on right sidebar.
June 27, 2017 Meeting
The Planning Commission held a special meeting to discuss the round of zoning amendments that will be sent to the Selectboard on July 6th. The main purpose of this meeting was to review a presentation of the changes, including response to questions raised by the public during the Planning Commission public hearing. A copy of that presentation may be viewed HERE. The Planning Commission is also forwarding on to the Selectboard a report about the changes as well as a full list of the changes.
Click on the highlighted text to view the meeting minutes. The MMCTV video of the meeting may be viewed by clicking the link on the right side bar.
June 20, 2017 Meeting - Canceled
The Planning Commission did not meet due to lack of a quorum.
June 6, 2017 Meeting
The Planning Commission met on June 6th. They approved the "low hanging fruit" amendments to the Zoning Regulations. See below for more information on the amendment process, including what happens with that draft from this point forward.
They also discussed the draft Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Energy Plan. More information on the regional energy plan and energy planning process can be found on the CCRPC webpage, including the energy efficiency requirements of the Vermont state Act 174 legislation.
They also discussed steps forward as well as responding to public comments received. Click HERE for the comments received to date. The Planning Commission intends on spending time at their next meeting (June 20) discussing their responses to the comments.
Click the link for the meeting minutes. And to view the MMCTV video, click on the link on the right sidebar.
May 16, 2017 Meeting
The Planning Commission, during their meeting of May 18 heard from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns on the PC's role in planning as given through state statute. This was an opportunity for the Planning Commission and the public to hear why they plan and what they are required to plan. Highlights included the importance of all regulatory (such as Zoning Regulations) and non-regulatory (such as a Capital Plan and studies) tools to conform with the Town Plan. The MMCTV video may be viewed by clicking the link on the sidebar on upper right side of the page and you may view the PowerPoint presentation by clicking on the highlighted text. The draft minutes may be viewed on the PC's Agenda and Minutes page of the website.
May 2, 2017 Meeting
The Planning Commission held a public hearing on the draft Land Use Regulations. They heard comments from the public and did not take any action on the draft Regulations.
The PC heard a presentation on the EPA "Sustainable Design and Green Building Tool Kit." Click on the highlighted text to view the presentation.
April 18, 2017 Meeting
The Planning Commission heard a summary of an economic development workshop held at the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC). A summary of the discussion can be found HERE.
They also discussed next steps forward for their planning activities. In that process they looked at the IMPLEMENTATION TASKS from the 2016 Town Plan that are assigned to the Planning Commission and the COMMENTS received from recent public input. They will continue these discussion in the upcoming weeks.
The MMCTV video may be viewed from the link on the right sidebar and the minutes may be viewed on the PC's agenda and minutes page.
April 4, 2017 Meeting
The Planning Commission finalized their "low hanging fruit" amendments to the Land Use Regulations (aka "Zoning Regulations"). They also warned the amendments for a public hearing.
The JPC also discussed the feedback received from the Public Comment Forum on March 28th. (See information about that meeting above.
For more information, click on the link on the sidebar to a MMCTV video recording of the April 4 meeting. The April 4 minutes can be found HERE.
March 21, 2017 Meeting
The Planning Commission worked through a round of edits to the Land Use and Development Regulations (aka "Zoning Regulations"). This round of the amendments was called the "low hanging fruit". These are changes that are mostly technical in nature and are generally not considered controversial. Below you can see a summary of the changes as of March 21.
The changes as of March 21, along with a description of why the changes were made may be found HERE.
The Planning Commission meeting minutes from March 21 may be found HERE. The meeting video, from MMCTV may be viewed by clicking the link on the sidebar.
Drafts of the Regulations and Riverside Zoning section of the Regulations, showing the tracked changes, may be found by clicking the links at the top of this page.
The Planning Commission on March 21 also discussed holding a training conducted by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns regarding the legal role of the Planning Commission given by the state of Vermont.
The Planning Commission also decided to hold monthly meetings just for public comment. Look above for more information on those meetings.
February 21, 2007 Meeting
The Planning Commission worked through the "low hanging fruit" amendments. More information of what was discussed at the February 21 meeting can be found below.
The list of the changes as of February 21, along with a description of why the changes were made may be found HERE.
The Planning Commission meeting minutes from February 21 may be found HERE. A link to the video recording of the meeting by MMCTV may be found by clicking the link on the sidebar.
The summary of the Exit Poll Survey may be found HERE.
Monthly Public Comment Forums
The Planning Commission held a public comment meeting on May 23.
This was an opportunity to talk to the Planning Commission about planning related concerns. Several members of the community showed up and discussed varying topics, including development in the Commercial district and infrastructure planning. Click the link for the minutes from the meeting and the MMCTV video may be viewed by clicking the link on the sidebar to the right.
Click on the highlight text for a list of the public comments and Planning Commission responses.
This was the third of the monthly listening meetings held by the Planning Commission. The previous meetings were held in March and April and there will be more to come if the interest is there.
The Planning Commission held a Public Comment Forum on Tuesday April 25.
A link to the MMCTV meeting video is on the right top of this webpage. The Planning Commission will be talking about how to address these comments at upcoming Planning Commission Meetings.
On Tuesday, March 28, they held their first public comment meeting at Town Hall. The video of that meeting, recorded by MMCTV, can be viewed by clicking the link on the sidebar. Click HERE for the meeting minutes.
Jericho Commercial District Development Standards Project
The Planning Commission is taking a break for a bit on this project while they work on some Zoning amendments (see above). These amendment are NOT related to the Commercial District.
For more information on the Commercial District Development Standards Project, please visit the Projects & Studies of our website.
Project updates will be posted on that page as they develop. Also, feel free to email Katherine Sonnick, Planning & Development Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments..
The 2016 Jericho Town Plan.
The Planning Commission began their reivew in early 2015 and the Selectboard approved and adopted the 2016 Jericho Town Plan on January 7th, 2016.
The approved Plan can be viewed HERE.
The Planning Commission conducted a survey in the spring of 2015 to determine what Town residents value about Jericho and how they would like to see the Town develop into the future. 280 residents responded. The Planning Commission used the survey results in the update of the Town Plan.
You can see either a summary or the full results of the survey by clicking below:
The Selectboard adopted revised Land Use and Development Regulations, including the "form-based code" for the Riverside Village Center on March 19, 2015
The Planning Commission is a 7-member board, primarily responsible for updating the Town Plan (a vision of the town’s future) every 5 years, and updating and revising the Land Use & Development Regulations. To learn more about the roles and responsibilities of the Planning Commission, click here
Planning Commission Members:
The Planning Commission currently meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m at the Jericho Town Hall. All are welcome to attend.
Minutes for the Planning Commission will be posted following each meeting.
Minutes posted will be for the calendar year, a copy of all previous Minutes are
available in the Town Clerks office. Agendas and Minutes are located here.