Development Review Board

DUTIES

The Waitsfield Development Review Board was established in 2007 by a resolution that transferred the development review functions of both the Planning Commission and the former Zoning Board of Adjustment to the new DRB.  The DRB's responsibilities are laid out in both the Vermont State Statutes, the Waitsfield Zoning Bylaws, and the Waitsfield Subdivision Regulations.

The DRB performs an important and difficult job, which is carried out by volunteers appointed by the Selectboard.  It is through this review of individual applications that the community’s vision, goals, policies, and priorities--as expressed in the Waitsfield Town Plan and codified in our development regulations--are implemented.  At the same time, DRB members and others participating in the process must respect due process, the rights of applicants, and the rights of the public to participate.

The DRB has the following duties (see 24 V.S.A. Section 4460):

(1) Review of right-of-way or easement for land development without frontage as authorized in 24 V.S.A. 4412(3); (2) Review of land development or use within an historic district or with respect to historic landmarks as authorized in 24 V.S.A. 4414(1)(F)
(3) Review of land development or use within a design control district as authorized in 24 V.S. A. 4414(1)(E);
(4) Review of proposed conditional uses as authorized in 24 V.S. A. 4414(3);
(5) Review of planned unit developments as authorized in 24 V.S.A. 4417;
(6) Review of requests for waivers as authorized in 24 V.S.A. 4414(9);
(7) Site plan review as authorized in 24 V.S.A. 4416;
(8) Review of proposed subdivisions as authorized in 24 V.S.A. 4418;
(9) Review of wireless telecommunications facilities as authorized in 24 V.S.A. 4414(12);
(10) Appeals from a decision of the administrative officer pursuant to 24 V.S.A. 4465;
(11) Review of requests for variances pursuant to 24 V.S.A. 4469; and
(12) Any other reviews required by the bylaws.

MEMBERS & TERMS INFORMATION

DRB members are appointed for three-year terms, including the Alternate positions.  The initial terms were staggered so that no more than three positions will expire at any one time.

The role of the Alternate is to help ensure a quorum can be maintained by participating in the review of matters when a quorum can not be maintained, such as due the absence or refusal of four or more members.  Alternates who sit on the review of a matter are expected to remain involved through its conclusion.

MEETINGS

The DRB meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, 7:00 PM, at the Waitsfield Town Office. Members are urged to let staff know as early as possible if they will be unable to attend a scheduled meeting so arrangements can be made to ensure a quorum.

Agendas and Minutes

Contact

Planning & Zoning Administrator

SUSAN SENNING

Waitsfield Town Office
4144 Main Street
Waitsfield, VT 05673

Phone: (802) 496-2218
E-mail: pza@madriver.com

Member

Gib Geiger

Appointed: March 2014
Term Expires: March 2017

Member

VACANT

Appointed: March 2015
Term Expires: March 2018

Member

John Donaldson

Appointed: March 2016
Term Expires: March 2019

Member

Rudy Polwin

Appointed: March 2014
Term Expires: March 2017

Member

Chris Jernigan

Appointed: March 2016
Term Expires: March 2019

Alternate Member

Jon Jamieson

Appointed: March 2014
Term Expires: March 2017

Member

Chris Cook

Appointed: March 2015
Term Expires: March 2018

Member

Brian Shupe

Appointed: March 2016
Term Expires: March 2019

Alternate Member

Eleanor D'Aponte

Appointed: March 2016
Term Expires: March 2019