Written by Mayor Kristine Lott
I'm pleased to bring you an update from the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission has spent many, many months working diligently to finalize Winooski's Master Plan, which was adopted by the City Council last month.
You can view it here: http://winooskivt.gov/259/Winooski-Master-Plan
Since that work has wrapped up, the Planning Commission has turned their focus to reviewing our Unified Land Use and Development Regulations that were adopted in 2016. This update included a new Form-Based Code which was established to encourage development in our Gateway Districts (Main St., E. Allen, Mallets Bay Ave.) and protect our residential neighborhoods. Now that this Gateway zoning has been in place for a few years, and have seen the resulting growth and are ready to look at tweaks and improvements that can be made.
At the latest meeting, the commission looked at two issues: Parking, and Split Zoning. The commission is looking to see if the current parking requirement in the code meets the public and private needs of supporting development, maintaining public parking, and mitigating traffic concerns. More data will be reviewed before any decisions are made.
Split zoning refers to a scenario where a property owner has a portion of their parcel in one zone, let's say the Gateway, and the rest of their parcel in a different zone, let's say the Residential. Should the parcel be subject to two sets of zoning regulations based on the zoning boundary? Should one zone be able to apply to the whole parcel, or be expanded by a certain distance? Which one? How would that be determined? These are the questions the commission is hoping to answer.
The Planning Commission meets the 2nd Thursday of each month and meetings are open to the public.
You can learn more about the commission and view relevant documents at winooskivt.gov/236/Planning-Commission.
Feel free to reach out with questions regarding this update: Mayor Kristine Lott – email@example.com