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Fractious Chester Planning Commission elects chair on a coin flip

Fractious Chester Planning Commission elects chair on a coin flip

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Planning Commission met on Monday night for the first time since the town’s Select Board removed one member and appointed two more. What that appeared to create was two factions with differing views of zoning and the tie-breaking vote in the hands of a newcomer […]

New dimensions in Chester zoning proposal

New dimensions in Chester zoning proposal

March 17: Huge changes possible in Chester’s proposed new bylaws March 24: Proposed zoning bylaws raise questions of uses, costs By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Allowed uses — such as single family home, restaurant, retail shop or light industry to name just a few —  are not the only way of crafting […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for April 5

Chester Planning Commission agenda for April 5

The Chester Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday April 5 at Town Hall, 556 Elm Street and via Zoom. To attend by Zoom go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359 Below is the commission’s agenda: 1. Re-organizational meeting. 2. Review minutes from March 15, 2021 meeting. 3. Citizen comments. 4. Discuss plans for […]

Proposed zoning bylaws raise questions of uses and costs

Proposed zoning bylaws raise questions of uses and costs

LAST WEEK: Huge changes possible in Chester’s proposed new bylaws NEXT WEEK: Subdivision, lot sizes, setbacks, frontage and the “building envelope” By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Nothing characterizes the differences between the Unified Development Bylaws in force today and those being finalized by Chester’s Planning Commission better than their respective zoning maps. […]

Chester board revisits bridge decision, unseats planning panel member

Chester board revisits bridge decision, unseats planning panel member

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC In a busy session on Wednesday night, the Chester Select Board discussed revisiting a decision that could result in the town taking a resident’s property by eminent domain and made appointments which shook up the planning commission and left two vacancies on the development review board. In […]

Huge changes possible in Chester's proposed new bylaws

Huge changes possible in Chester’s proposed new bylaws First in a series: Initial read finds longer, more complex document, inconsistencies

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC On Monday night, the Chester Planning Commission got back to work on its total rewrite of the town’s Unified Development Bylaws with the intention of bringing them to the required public hearings this summer before sending them to the Select Board to consider. But based questions about the […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for March 15

Chester Planning Commission agenda for March 15

The Chester Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting in-person and via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on Monday March 15. The meeting will be held on the second floor of Town Hall, 556 Elm Street. To join via zoom, click https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359 Below is its agenda: 1. Citizen comments 2. Review responses to issues listed on […]

Chester Planning Comm. agenda for March 1

Chester Planning Comm. agenda for March 1

The Chester Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting via Zoom at 5 p.m. on Monday March 1. To join the meeting go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359. Below is its agenda. 1. Citizen comments 2. Discuss letter to Select Board about Peter Hudkins presentation at the February 17, 2021 Select Board meeting. 3. Discuss agenda and set […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Feb. 1

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Feb. 1

The Chester Planning Commission will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1 via Zoom.  To access the meeting via Zoom: https://zoom.us/join Meeting ID: ​810 2925 6359 or  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359 Below is its agenda. 1. Review minutes from the Dec. 21, 2020 and Jan. 18, 2021 meetings. 2. Citizens Comments 3. Discuss and adopt proposed rules […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Oct. 19

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Oct. 19

The Chester Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday Oct. 19 via Zoom. To join the meeting click on this link –  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359 By phone, call (646) 558 8656 and enter the Meeting ID:​810 2925 6359 Below is the commission’s agenda. 1. Review October 5, 2020 minutes. 2. Citizen comments. […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Aug. 17

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Aug. 17

The Chester Planning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 17 at the Gazebo at the Pinnacle on Lovers Lane Road. Attendees are instructed to bring their own seating. Face masks are also required. Below is its agenda.   Review Aug. 3, 2020 minutes Citizen comments Discuss Stone Village District page as distributed. Discuss […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for June 15, 2020

Chester Planning Commission agenda for June 15, 2020

The Chester Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. – 30 minutes later than usual – on Monday June 15, 2020. The meeting will be held online via Zoom. Join the meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359 Below is the agenda: 1. Review minutes from the June 1, 2020 meeting 2. Citizens Comments 3. Old […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for May 25

Chester Planning Commission agenda for May 25

The Chester Planning Commission will hold its meeting via Zoom from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 25. To join in the meeting by Zoom click here.  Meeting ID: ​893 5396 0002 or by clicking here. Below is its agenda. 1. Review minutes from the May 4, 2020 meeting 2. Citizens Comments 3. Progress […]

Chester Select Board to hold April 15 public hearing for Town Plan changes

Chester Select Board to hold April 15 public hearing for Town Plan changes

In accordance with the provisions of 24 V.S.A. §4384, the Town of Chester Select Board will hold the second (and final) of two public hearings on April 15, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Town Offices to hear public comments on adopting the Chester Town Plan with amendments as described here. The meeting will be […]

Chester Planning Commission meeting for March 30

Chester Planning Commission meeting for March 30

The Chester Planning Commission will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 30 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. with teleconferencing available for members and the public. Below is its agenda and a note on teleconferencing. 1. Review minutes from the Feb. 17, 2020 meeting 2. Citizens Comments 3. Approve reporting form and […]

CANCELLED: Chester Planning Commission agenda for March 16

CANCELLED: Chester Planning Commission agenda for March 16

The Chester Planning Commission will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 16 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its agenda. 1. Review minutes from the February 17, 2020 meeting 2. Citizens Comments 3. Approve reporting form and Town Plan amendments 4. Discuss Wood Processing use over 6,000 square feet in […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Feb. 3

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Feb. 3

The Chester Planning Commission will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3 at Town Hall, 665 Elm St. Below is its agenda. 1. Review minutes from the Jan. 20, 2020 meeting 2. Citizens Comments 3. Discuss proposed Stone Village Zoning District density and list of uses 4. Discuss single-family development restrictions in […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Dec. 16

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Dec. 16

The Chester Planning Commission will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the NewsBank Conference Building, Room #4, 352 Main St. Below is its agenda. Review minutes from the Dec. 2nd 2019 meeting Citizens Comments Review of V4 & R3 District comments Consideration of Riparian Buffer Set future agenda items Set date for the next […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Dec. 2

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Dec. 2

The Chester Planning Commission will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its agenda. 1. Review minutes from the Nov. 18, 2019 meeting 2. Citizens Comments 3. Resume review of the Stone Village district 4. Review of R3 and V4 district boundary comments 5. […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Nov. 18

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Nov. 18

The Chester Planning Commission will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its agenda. 1. Review minutes from the November 4, 2019 meeting 2. Citizens Comments 3. Resume review of the Stone Village district 4. Continue reviewing draft boundaries in R6 & R18 districts […]