|Select Board Public Hearing Zoning Bylaw Amendment|
|Written by Land Use Department|
|Monday, 23 April 2012 12:34|
In accordance with the provisions of Title 24, Sections 4441(d) and 4444, of the Vermont Statutes Annotated, the Select Board for the Town of Weathersfield, Vermont, will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, May 21, 2012 at 7:00P.M., at the Weathersfield Town Office, at 5259 Route 5, to hear public comments on a proposed amendment to Zoning Bylaw sections:
4.3.2(a)-(g) Use Requirements by District Type;
The proposed amendments are generally described as follows:
Statement of Purpose
Geographic Areas Affected
Copies of the full text of the proposed amendment is available for review at the Weathersfield Town Office and the Weathersfield Proctor Library in Ascutney, Vermont. Persons wishing to be heard may do so in person, be represented by an agent, or may file written comments with the Board prior to the hearing.
6.12 Height Limitations: Current Language
(2) Add the following definitions to Section 8, Definitions:
Building or Structure Height: The distance from the average grade to the highest point on a building or structure.
Average Grade: The average of the distance from the top of foundation to the ground measured at all foundation corners of a building or structure.
Planning Commission Reporting Form
Section 6.12: Height Limitations
This report is in accordance with 24 V.S.A. §4441(c).
1. A brief explanation of the proposed amendment including a statement of purpose as required for notice under §4444 of this title.
Brief explanation of the proposed amendment
Statement of Purpose:
The wording of the current section 6.12 has been difficult to interpret. Clarifying the wording will help make the bylaw easier for applicants to understand and also for the Zoning Administrator to administer.
The current bylaw limits structure heights to 35 feet throughout the town. The proposed amendments will allow the Planning Commission to set different height limits in different zoning districts.
2. Findings regarding how the proposal:
The Town Plan calls for the improvement and maintenance of an aesthetically pleasing environment (page 8 of 86). The proposed amendments conform to this objective by controlling the appearance of the structures with regard to their height.
The proposed amendments will have no effect on the availability of safe and affordable housing.
(b) Is compatible with the proposed future land uses and densities of the municipal plan;
The proposed amendments are not incompatible with the proposed future land uses and densities of the municipal plan.
(c) Carries out, as applicable, any specific proposals for any planned community facilities.”
At this time there are no proposals for any planned community facilities.