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Plan Central Vermont – May Update
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Draft Health and Communities Element:
Now Available!
 


The Health and Communities working group has approved the first draft of the Health and Communities element. This element covers a number of Regional issues, ranging from food security to healthy community design. The draft will be discussed by the Regional Plan Draft Review Committee later in the summer, and will go to the full Commission for discussion and approval in the fall. To view the draft, click here

Amendments to the 2008 Plan


The Commission meeting on May 12 served as the first of two public hearings for amendments to the 2008 Central Vermont Regional Plan. At the meeting, commissioners were able to offer comments on the three sections of the 2008 plan with proposed amendments: the Economic, Utilities, Facilities and Services and Land Use elements. 

Because both the Economic and Utilities, Facilities and Services element had been previously discussed by the Commission, most of the comments and conversation during the meeting was focused on the Land Use element. The Land Use element and Future Land Use map propose an ideal pattern of development for the Region in the future, with a focus on advancing Vermont's Statewide Planning Goals.   
The most hotly discussed topic of the meeting was proposed areas of mixed-use commercial development in the Region. The Land Use element defines mixed-use commercial as "areas of commercial, office and mixed-use development built in a spread out pattern and served by water and wastewater infrastructure. Typically dominated by commercial service industries, the intent of this land use category is to transform these areas into higher-density, mixed-use settlements through infill and redevelopment. Planned commercial or mixed uses within existing roadside commercial zoning districts must be developed carefully to avoid sprawl, traffic congestion, and safety hazards." 

However, as several commissioners pointed out, not every area in the Region that contains commercial development is defined as an area appropriate for future development of that sort. Additionally, certain policies related to mixed-use commercial areas need further clarification, such as a specific definitions for what constitutes a "big-box store." 

Discussion of the amendments to the amendments to the 2008 Regional Plan will continue at the second public hearing. That hearing will take place during the commission meeting on June 9, from 7-9pm at the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce. All members of the public are welcome to attend and offer comments on the plan. To view notes from the meeting, click here

Regional Plan Staff Changes 


Since the last Regional Plan Update was sent out, both our Regional Planner Kim McKee and our Americorps VISTA Emily Nosse-Leirer have left CVRPC for new positions. For any questions or comments regarding elements of Plan Central Vermont, public engagement/outreach or the 2008 Regional Plan amendment process, please contact our Assistant Planner, Gail Aloisio, at aloisio@cvregion.com or 802-229-0389. 
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