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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Notice of Public Hearing on Unified Development Regulations

43 Bombardier Road
Milton, Vermont 05458
802.893.1186 | www.miltonvt.org

The Milton Selectboard hereby provides notice of public hearing being held pursuant to Title 24, Section 4442 and 4444 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated for the purpose of hearing public comment on the Planning Commission’s proposed Unified Development Regulations, repeal of the Zoning Regulations, repeal of the adopted Interim Zoning Regulations and repeal of the adopted Subdivision Regulations duly filed with the Clerk and submitted to the Selectboard for its regular meeting of June 19, 2017.

The public hearing is scheduled to be held on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Milton Municipal Building Community Room located at 43 Bombardier Road in Milton.

The purpose is to receive public comment on the proposed Unified Development Regulations, repeal of the Zoning Regulations, repeal of the adopted Interim Zoning Regulations and repeal of the adopted Subdivision Regulations.

The proposed Unified Development Regulations were written to integrate and replace the adopted Zoning Regulations and Subdivision Regulations, implement the purposes of the 2015 Interim Zoning Regulations, and implement the goals and policies of the 2013 Town of Milton Comprehensive Plan and the Vermont Planning and Development Act.

The proposal is the result of two years of work at more than sixty public meetings held by the Planning Commission following the adoption of the Interim Zoning Regulations by the Selectboard.  It builds on more than a decade of “Town Core” planning begun in 1999, when the town turned its attention to Milton in the New Millennium. This early work (followed by several subsequent plans and studies incorporated into the Plan) has steadily advanced a diverse and walkable center in Milton – well-served by municipal services and infrastructure – surrounded by: regionally significant industrial employment centers, low-density/rural residential and working farms and forests. The Town Core has been the principal focus of the draft -- consistent with the community’s vision to develop a livable center and hub of regional investment by offering expanded choice for: commerce, employment, housing and mobility in distinct zoning districts that: mitigate land use conflicts, stabilize investments, and guide predictable patterns of development.

The proposed regulations are intended to: provide for orderly community growth; protect public health, safety and welfare; ensure that proposed development will be adequately and efficiently served by necessary services, facilities and infrastructure; maintain a rate, scale and pattern of development that will not exceed the town’s ability to provide necessary public services, facilities and infrastructure; allow for balanced housing and economic development that meets the needs of the community and region; protect environmental quality and conserve natural, agricultural, scenic and historic resources; and promote approaches to land use and development that are consistent with smart growth principles.

The entire Town of Milton.

Chapter 100. Legal Framework: Title, Authority, Purpose, Equal Treatment of Housing, Applicability, Relation with Other Laws and Regulations, Effective Date, Amendment or Repeal, Severability, Liability Disclaimer.
Chapter 110. Exemptions and Limitations: General Exemptions, Portable Structures, Public Safety Structures, Group Homes, Public Art, Agriculture and Forestry, Land Development with a Certificate of Public Good, Community Facilities, Home Occupations, Accessory Dwellings, Family Childcare Homes.
Chapter 120. Prior Applications, Approvals and Uses: Prior Permits and Approvals, Prior Applications, Change of Use, Expansion of Use, Discontinued Uses, Abandoned Land Development, Blighted or Damaged Structures.
Chapter 130. Nonconformities: Nonconforming Lots, Nonconforming Structures, Nonconforming Uses, Creation of a Nonconformity.
Chapter 200. General Provisions: Establishments of Base Zoning Districts, Establishment of Overlay Zoning Districts, Official Zoning Map, Zoning District Boundaries, Use Standards, Dimensional Standards, Density Standards.
Chapter 210. Base Zoning Districts: Downtown Business (DB1) District, Checkerberry Neighborhood Center (NC1) District, Historic Neighborhood Center (NC2) District, Milton Crossroads Marketplace Center (M1) District, Milton Crossroads Marketplace West (M2) District, Milton Crossroads Marketplace Municipal/Recreation (M3) District, Checkerberry Commercial (M4-C) District, Checkerberry Residential (M4-R) District, Old Towne Residential/Commercial (M5) Zoning District, Main Street (M6) District, Interstate Commercial (C1) District, Light Industrial (I1) District, General Industrial (I2) District, Industrial Conservation (I3) District, Old Towne Residential (R1) District, Medium Density Residential (R2) District, Low Density Residential (R3) District, Transitional Residential (R4) District, Agricultural/Rural Residential (R5) Zoning District, Shoreland Residential (R6), Beaverbrook Residential (R7) District, Forestry/Conservation/Scenic Ridgeline (FC) District, Use Table.
Chapter 220. Overlay Zoning Districts:  Flood Hazard (FHO) Overlay District
Chapter 300. Standards that Apply to All Land Development: Access; Driveways; Parking; Construction-Related Temporary Structures; Camping Units; Swimming Pools; Non-Commercial Excavation and Fill; Water Supply and Wastewater Disposal; Erosion Control; Stormwater Management; Surface Waters, Wetlands, and Riparian Buffers; Drive-Through Facility or Drive-In Establishment; Energy General Facilities, Utility Facilities; Signs.
Chapter 310. Standards that Apply to Specific Land Uses: Multi-family Housing/Upper floor Residential/Retirement Housing, Home Business, Campground, Bed-and-Breakfast, Inn, Rooming and Boarding House, Hotel or Motel, Motor Vehicle Repair or Service, Carwash, Salvage Yard, Fueling Station, Mini-Warehouse or Self-Storage Facility, Adult Entertainment, Wireless Communications Facility, Extraction, Commercial Outdoor Shooting Range, Agricultural Enterprise.
Chapter 320.  Site Plan Standards: Applicability, Parking and Loading Areas, Bicycle and Pedestrian Access, Landscaping and Screening, Outdoor Lighting, Signs, Outdoor Use Areas, Performance Standards, Special Provisions to Major Projects in Specified  Town Core Zoning Districts.
Chapter 330. Conditional Use Standards: Applicability, Capacity of Community Facilities and Utilities, Traffic, Character of the Area, Natural Resource Protection, Energy Conservation, Conditions of Approval.
Chapter 340. Subdivision Standards: Applicability, Capacity of Community Facilities and Utilities, Suitability of the Land, Design and Configuration of Parcel Boundaries, Design and Layout of Necessary Improvements, Character of the Area and Settlement Pattern, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation, Natural Resource Protection, Soil Preservation.
Chapter 350. Planned Unit Development Standards: Conservation Subdivision, Cottage Cluster
Chapter 400. Roles and Responsibilities: Zoning Administrator, Planning Commission, Development Review Board
Chapter 410. Fees and Filing Requirements: Permit Fees; Impact Fees; Technical or Legal Review Costs; Performance Bonds and Sureties; Cost of Monitoring or Inspection; As-Built Drawings; Other Permits, Approvals and Certifications.
Chapter 420. Zoning Permit Procedures: Submitting a Zoning Permit Application, Acting on a Complete Application, Obtaining a Zoning Permit, Amending Permits or Approvals, Revoking Permits or Approvals, Inspecting Land Development During Construction, Obtaining a Certificate of Compliance.
Chapter 430. Site Plan and Conditional Use Review Procedures: Pre-Application Conference, Site Plan Review, Conditional Use Review, Combined Review, Amending Approved Plans. 
Chapter 440. Subdivision and PUD Review Procedures: Applicability, Lot Line Adjustment and Lot Merger, Pre-Application Conference, Sketch Plan Review, Classification, Preliminary Plan Review, Final Plan Review, Filing Requirements, Modification of Approved Subdivisions.
Chapter 450. Notice, Hearing and Decision Procedures: Notice of Hearing, Conducting Site Visits, Conducting a Hearing and Taking Evidence, Recessing a Hearing, Re-Opening a Closed Hearing, and Decisions.
Chapter 460. Appeal Procedures: Who May Appeal, Appeals of Zoning Administrator Decisions, Appeals of Development Review Board Decisions, Waivers, Variances.
Chapter 470. Enforcement Procedures: Investigation and Action by the Zoning Administrator, Liability and Penalties, Municipal Civil Complaint Ticket, Notice of Violation.
Chapter 500. Interpretation: General, Calculation and Measurement
Chapter 520. Land Use Definitions: Residential; Lodging; Commercial; Industrial; Transportation, Communication and Utilities; Art, Entertainment and Recreation; Education, Government, Healthcare and Other Institutions; Mining, Agriculture and Forestry.
Chapter 530. Defined Terms.

Copies of the proposed Unified Development Regulations and Zoning Map, adopted Zoning Regulations and Zoning Map, adopted Interim Zoning Regulations and adopted Subdivision Regulations are available at the Town of Milton’s official website (www.miltonvt.org) and in the Municipal Building located at 43 Bombardier Road, Milton, Vermont.  The project webpage can be found from the home page under Government/Boards & Commissions/Planning Commission/Other Plans.

Dated at Milton, Vermont this 19th Day of June, 2017.
For submission to the Milton Independent prior to Friday, June 23, 2017
For publication in the Independent on Thursday, June 29, 2017.
For filing with the Town Clerk prior to Sunday, July 2, 2017
For posting in three places in the municipality prior to Sunday, July 2, 2017.
For posting on the project webpage.