Hinesburg Affordable Housing Committee
December 3, 2008
Committee Members Present: Rocky Martin, Carl Bohlen, Julie Pierson, Bruce Wheeler, Kellie Stoll, Dale Wernhoff.
The meeting came to order at approximately 7:10 PM.
Previous Meeting Cancelled: The meeting planned for November 6, 2008 had to be cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.
David Carse Project: Discussion continued on this project. Tonight we concentrated on potential revisions to reduce costs so David can provide as much affordable housing as possible. Ideas included getting an increase in density, omitting garages but providing land for the homeowners to add them at a later date, leave some of the interiors unfinished, or apply for funding from an outside source to help defray the costs.
Planning Grant & Housing Needs Assessment Funding: Julie and her husband Stuart gave a presentation to the Select Board on the Buck Hill Road East property (see June 5, 2008 and October 2, 2008 minutes) in hopes of getting matching money for a planning grant. The money was approved along with the rest of our budget request ($5000 total) for a formal Housing Needs Assessment for the town.
Potential Future Guest Speakers: Two women came up to Kellie after her November 18th presentation (see “Next Meeting” notes below). They did a joint survey of the Mountain View Mobile Home Park for the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) Mobile Home Project and the University of Vermont (UVM). They would like to talk to us at a future meeting after UVM compiles the results.
LaPlatte Headwaters Conservation Initiative on Bissonette Farm: According to the Hinesburg Land Trust, they received an offer on the four building lots that were for sale on this property (two lots would have potentially been affordable). The offer was for all of the lots. The potential buyer would use the land for sheep farming. As of this date the sale has not gone through.
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:30 PM.
Next Meeting - January 7,2009, Kellie will inform us on her role of panelist at the Vermont Statewide Housing Conference on November 18th; look into potential for affordable housing on the Alan Norris project on Route 116 south of the village; potentially talk to NRG about their needs for employee housing.