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City of Winooski News Updates

Posted on: June 18, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Mayor's Update - 6.18.21

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Hello Neighbors, at last week’s City Council meeting, we officially approved agreements with The Champlain Housing Trust (CHT) on the new "Butternut Station" affordable housing project (located in front of the O’Brien Community Center). Construction should begin in July and is expected to take about 12 months to complete. There will be twenty 3-bedroom townhouses priced for folks making low-to-moderate income. CHT is working with organizations serving lower-income residents in Winooski to spread the word about the opportunity to purchase one of these homes! To learn more about CHT, please visit https://www.getahome.org/

During the meeting, we also approved changes to our zoning and land use regulations. Our Planning Commission has been working on updates to our regulations over the past year+ and held public hearings on these changes. We are changing the permitted uses in some of our zones, including allowing daycares and educational facilities throughout the city. Of note, these types of locations would need to go through the Development Review Board (DRB) if located in a residential area. 

In other zoning news, we're also: 

  • looking at a permanent line for the Casavant wetland, establishing a boundary for where development cannot take place (even if the wetland shifts)
  • outlining a process requiring DRB approval for developments that span multiple zones (allowing for public participation)
  • permitting accessory dwelling units to align a recent update in state law
  • cleaning up and clarifying language to existing regulations.

To view these zoning updates, click here.

Moving into this weekend, we have much to celebrate! The Governor has lifted all state restrictions as Vermont has reached 80% vaccination of adults, though Federal restrictions (such as masking on public transit) are still in place, and businesses may still enforce their own policies. We've also partnered with Downtown Winooski to host our first Juneteenth celebration tomorrow at 5 PM in Rotary Park. Learn more about this event at downtownwinooski.org/juneteenth. Sunday is World Refugee Day - to view our World Refugee Day proclamation, click here. We're also celebrating Pride Month with a ceremonial raising of the Pride flag soon, keep an eye out for those event details.

Lastly, I wanted to make a note about our City Council meetings now that the State of Emergency has ended. We have seen an increase in community participation at our meetings since moving to a remote/virtual process. We are currently working with Town Meeting TV to facilitate hybrid in-person/remote meetings where you could attend in the way that works best for you. Stay tuned for more details on this process.  

As always, feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. 

Mayor Kristine Lott

klott@winooskivt.gov / 802 766 1988

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