By Mayor Kristine Lott
Last month, the Planning Commission spent time developing a work plan to approach their work over the coming year. The Commission will prioritize the following areas of work:
Review vision of the Form-Based Code: The commission will review the vision documents created during the public outreach period of Form-Based code development and evaluate how new developments are meeting that vision. The goal is to determine whether we need to make any tweaks to the code to ensure it is producing the community’s vision. The commission has already begun this work and welcomes feedback.
Parking regulations and development incentives: Our current form-based code regulations provide an incentive in the Gateway Zoning District for developers to build an extra story on their building if they meet energy efficiency or affordable housing goals. We have not seen this incentive actually taken up by any developers, so the Council has asked the commissions to re-visit it. We have heard that parking requirements make the bonus story not financially attractive as an incentive, so we have tasked commissions with reviewing both the parking and incentive data to adjust or change the incentive. This work will happen later in the year.
Historic preservation: The City is currently working to secure grant funding for an inventory of Winooski’s historic resources. After an inventory is complete, commissions can support community outreach to identify approaches to protecting Winooski’s history and character.
Read the work plan and view the Form-Based Code community vision document (called the Winooski Charette Report).
The Planning Commission meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month. These meetings are open to the public - click here for agendas, schedules, and other commission details.
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