Barre City Ordinance

The Barre City Planning Commission is working on a comprehensive review and update of the city's land use and development ordinance and zoning map. We will be using this webpage to post information about meetings, draft documents and more.


First Draft of Revised Ordinance

The first draft of the revised ordinance will be posted as each part becomes available (see links on left under Documents Available). The draft ordinance is organized as follows:

  1. General [ 100. Legal Framework | 110. Exemptions and Limitations | 120. Prior Applications, Approvals and Uses | 130. Nonconformities ]

  2. Zoning Districts [ 200. General Provisions | 210. Base Zoning Districts | 220. Overlay Zoning Districts ]

  3. Development Standards [ 300. General Regulations | 310. Site Design Standards | 320. Specific Use Standards | 330. Subdivision Standards | 340. Planned Unit Development Standards ]

  4. Administrative Mechanisms [ 400. Roles and Responsibilities | 410. Fees and Filing Requirements | 420. Zoning Permits | 430. Development Approvals | 440. Appeals | 450. Notice, Hearings and Decisions | 460. Violations and Penalties ]

  5. Definitions [ 500. General | 510. Terms ]

Proposed Zoning District Map

The Planning Commission is proposing comprehensive changes to the city's zoning map to address several recommendations in the City Plan:

  • Increase the number of residential districts and adjust the density of residential development allowed in various neighborhoods to better reflect the existing pattern and character of each neighborhood and to establish a logical transition from the highest density neighborhoods close to downtown to lowest density neighborhoods in the outlying parts of the city.
  • Provide opportunities for alternative uses of houses and properties that are adjacent to industrial areas and establish a buffer between residential neighborhoods and industrial areas.
  • Extend the downtown pattern of pedestrian-oriented, multi-story buildings located at or near the sidewalk north towards the Route 62 intersection as properties are redeveloped over time.

The map below or this KML file (requires Google Earth to open) offer a more detailed view of the proposed boundaries at the neighborhood or street level. Clicking on an area of the map below will pop up a box identifying the proposed zoning district.

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     Urban Center 1     Residential 16
  Urban Center 2   Residential 12
  Urban Center 3   Residential 8
  Mixed Use 1   Residential 4
  Mixed Use 2   Civic
  Mixed Use 3   Conservation
  General Business    
  Industrial    

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Zoning Questionnaire

If you have applied for a zoning permit or other development approval in Barre City, please take a few minutes to answer some questions about your experience and satisfaction with the zoning ordinance and permitting process.

 

 

 

Manchester Ordinance


The Manchester Planning Commission has undertaken a second phase of work to review and revise the town's land use and development ordinance. We will be using this webpage to post information about meetings, draft documents and more.

Draft Zoning District Map Revised May 2017

The Planning Commission has been considering comprehensive changes to the town's zoning map. An initial concept was presented to the public at the Moving Forward meetings on September 12 and 26 for discussion and feedback, and a second draft was presented on March 27. Over the past six months, the Planning Commission has continued to revise and refine the map and district standards based on public feedback, resulting in the map below. A final public meeting will be held to review the zoning map and standards on Monday, May 8 at 7 pm in the town office meeting room.

The map below or this KML file (requires Google Earth to open) offer a more detailed view of the proposed boundaries at the neighborhood or street level. Clicking on an area of the map below will pop-up a box identifying the proposed zoning district.

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Legend

     Downtown District     Residential 10 District
  Town Center District   Residential 4 District
  Mixed Use 1 District   Residential 1 District
  Mixed Use 2 District   Rural Residential District
  Mixed Use 3 District   Rural Agricultural District
  Office Industrial District   Forest Conservation District
  Manchester Village
   

 

Project Schedule

The second phase of the revision project got underway in February 2016 and will be completed by May 2017. Project milestones include:

  • A series of public meetings to gather feedback on changes residents and business owners want to see made to the town's land use and development ordinance were held beginning with a "Big Picture" meeting on April 25, followed by a series of four Walk-and-Talks focused on specific areas of town in May, and concluding with a "Taking Stock" meeting in June.
  • Several alternative scenarios for revising the town's zoning district map and standards were developed over the summer.
  • A "Moving Forward" meeting was held in September to present the alternatives and invite feedback that the Planning Commission used to select the preferred alternative.
  • The ordinance was revised to implement the preferred alternative with a check-in meeting held in March to present the work done to date and invite feedback so that the Planning Commission could continue to refine the draft.
  • A final draft of the zoning district standards was released in May 2017.

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