Land Development Regulation Updates


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Two sets of amendments are currently in process. See below for details.

LDR-22-09: Updates to Article 12 Environmental Protection Standards, adopted by City Council May 15, 2023. Includes a variety of small changes to the Standards, including  modification of the Class II wetlands buffer boundary in some residential areas, streamline administrative permitting process, and remove permitted, human-made steep slopes from regulation as steep slopes. The City Council a first public hearing on March 20, 2023, has made modifications, and has scheduled a second public hearing for May 15, 2023. 
LDR-23-01 (Solar PV) and LDR-23-02 (Minor & Technical), warned for City Council Public Hearing June 5, 2023, 7:30 pm. Would require the installation of Solar PV in association with new buildings subject to the Vermont Commercial Building Energy Standards, and includes and minor & technical amendments throughout the regulations. 

Prior Actions:

City Council adopted LDR-22-07 and LDR-22-08 following their hearing on December 5, 2022. This hearing included LDR-22-07 and LDR-022-08, as described below.

The prior regulations were adopted by the City Council on November 21, 2022. This most recent set of amendments expanded the City's Transferable Development Rights Program to include receiving areas within higher density mixed use zoning districts and made some technical corrections throughout.

Previously, the City established a "General PUD", Site Amenity requirements, and modified Site Plan standards in May 2022. A minor correction to these amendments was approved by the Council in July 2022 to address a missing sheet from the initial adoption. On February 7, 2022, the City Council adopted a set of amendments to changes to the City's Land Development Regulations. These includes updated Environmental Protection Standards, a replacement of the City's Subdivision, Master Plan, and Planned Unit Development standards, a series of Zoning District changes, and several stand-alone amendments including extension of Inclusionary Zoning city-wide, requirement for solar-ready roofs on commercial buildings, updates to accessory apartment and accessory structure standards, stormwater standard revisions, and more. Below are a series of 1-2 page "spotlights" on each of the proposed amendments, by general category
Environmental Protection Standards
Master Plans / Subdivision / Planned Unit Developments
Zoning District Changes
Stand-Alone Amendments
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Link to EPS Project Page
Link to Master Plan / PUD Project Page