Hinesburg Affordable Housing Committee

Meeting Minutes

April 10, 2008

Committee Members Present: Rocky Martin, Bruce Wheeler, Julie Pierson, Carl Bohlen, Kellie Stoll, Dale Wernhoff.

The meeting came to order at approximately 7:05 PM.

Discussion of article for The Hinesburg Record: Kellie is going to write an article discussing the need for affordable housing in Hinesburg. The article will include the median price for a house in Hinesburg ($280,000) and the median income in Hinesburg (approximately $60,000). To emphasize that the people qualifying for affordable housing would be desirable neighbors, Kellie is going to obtain the starting salary for a police officer for the town and the starting salary for a teacher at one of the local schools and then show what kind of housing that couple could afford. She is also going to include some prices of properties currently for sale in town that meet the monetary requirements for affordable housing. 4/30/08 is the deadline for getting the article into the next issue of the paper. The article would be a condensed version of the publication “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” (published by the Vermont Housing Council and the Vermont Housing awareness Campaign) with a Hinesburg spin.

Discussion of Potential Affordable Housing Site: Julie obtained a map from Peter Erb (Hinesburg’s Zoning Administrator) of an 11 acre parcel on Buck Hill Road East that is southwest of the Mountain View Mobile Home Park. Both the parcel and the park are owned by the Vermont State Housing Authority. This 11 acre parcel is seen as a potential site for affordable housing. It was decided the Affordable Housing Committee (AHC) should contact the owners to see if something can be done. Rocky will talk to Tim Isham, the park’s manager, about it and report back. Rocky will also get a copy of the map in pdf form and distribute it to all AHC members.

Discussion of Inclusionary Zoning: The Selectboard recently had their first meeting about revised zoning regulations for the town. They may make major changes. They are meeting with the Planning Commission to see what they can do. Items they are reviewing include:

Map of current use zoning – they’re wondering if a map should be done first before the zoning is revised.

Inclusionary zoning – this may be on the back burner for a while, probably one to three years away.

Sewer upgrade – this needs to be done before any real additional development takes place.

As the AHC, we should write a letter to the Planning Commission saying if revised zoning will take a long time then they should look at inclusionary zoning right now. Then it would be in place instead of waiting. Our game plan will be to wait until after the next Selectboard meeting on 4/14/08. If the Selectboard decides to go the major changes route then the AHC will write the letter to push for inclusionary zoning sooner rather than later.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:55 PM.

Next Meeting –

May 1st – Talk to David Carse, a local developer, about speaking to us and possibly joining the AHC to replace Alan Norris, who is resigning.

Respectfully submitted

Dale Wernhoff