Richmond Select board – Warning for Public Hearing

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR

REENACTMENT / EXTENSION OF INTERIM ZONING FOR JOLINA COURT

 

The Richmond Selectboard hereby provides notice of a public hearing on the question of reenactment / extension the Interim Zoning Bylaws for Jolina Court as adopted in 2014 and as amended in 2015, for an additional one year period, as per 24 VSA section 4415. The public hearing date is May 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm at the Town Center Meeting Room, 203 Bridge Street, Richmond, Vermont.

The following information is provided:

Statement of Purpose: The purpose of the Jolina Court Interim Zoning District (IZD) is to provide a location within the existing village core area for employment, light industry, commercial uses, community gathering space, housing, and other compatible uses that bring value to the community and maintain Richmond’s unique sense of place. There are 2 primary goals for the IZD:

  1. Help restore and improve the economic vitality of Richmond’s state‐designated village center by attracting desirable new businesses to the site, restoring jobs and water revenue.
  2. Consistent with Richmond’s historic connections to its working landscape, re‐envision the overall site’s potential to enhance Richmond to better attract residents and visitors to our village hub for community and commercial activities.

Any development in this district shall enhance the overall village growth area, and shall be compatible with the surrounding mix of residential, non‐residential, and municipal uses. A key function of this district remains employment and economic development; however, the former commercial zoning designation has changed, and a mixed‐use development plan is now allowable to ensure that other important and compatible uses are included. Any redevelopment proposal shall fit into the vision for Richmond’s larger village growth area as described in section III.

Geographic Area Affected: These interim zoning regulations shall apply to three parcels on Jolina Court (the Jolina Court Interim Zoning District), the 5.84‐acre parcel (JC0074), the 0.16‐acre (BR0125) parcel and the 0.10 acre parcel (JC0013).

List of Section Headings:

Area & Rational

Purpose

Special Standards

Special Conditions and Development Standards

Uses

Zoning Permit Requirements

 

A copy of the bylaw may be found online here:

Richmond IZ Document amended Sept 2015

Jolina Court Interim Zoning District Map

Jolina Court

Jolina Court IZ District survey map

or at the Town’s website www.richmondvt.gov under Documents, or a copy may be obtained from the Town Clerks Office, 203 Bridge Street, Richmond, VT.

 

Net Metered Solar RFP

The Town is seeking proposals for a solar net-metered project.  Click here for details

 

 

Richmond Awarded $12,600 State Planning Grant

Richmond, Vt. – The Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) awarded $12,600 to Richmond in state Municipal Planning Grant funds to develop a new Town Plan. Richmond successfully competed against 58 communities and was one of 44 funded.

“Richmond is a great small town full of people who care deeply about its future. The process of creating the new plan will heavily rely on their input to ensure Richmond will maintain its small town charm while addressing the challenges of the future,” said Clare Rock, Richmond Town Planner. Richmond will have a year and a half to complete this project.

“Jobs, businesses, and affordable places to live all depend on proactive, community-driven local plans and land use polices,” said Noelle MacKay, Commissioner of the Department of Housing and Community Development. “The MPG program helps communities develop the necessary planning and implementation tools that make it easier for families, communities and entire regions to thrive.”

Awarded annually and administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Municipal Planning Grant program supports local community revitalization and planning initiatives.  Since 1998, the program has provided over $10 million to 230 cities and towns across Vermont to help breathe new life into communities, plan for future growth and development and improve our quality of life.

 

Richmond Planning Commission – Warning for Public Hearing

Amendments to the Gateway Commercial Zoning District Regulations

In accordance with 24 V.S.A. §4444, the Richmond Planning Commission will be holding a Public Hearing on proposed amendments to the Gateway Commercial Zoning District on Wednesday November 12 at 7:00 pm at the Richmond Town Center Meeting Room, 203 Bridge Street, Richmond, VT.

The Gateway Commercial Zoning District, as depicted on the official Zoning Map, is the area within Richmond located on the east side of Route 2 between Interstate 89 and the Village. The Planning Commission is not proposing to changes to the districts’ boundaries. The purpose of the proposed changes are primarily to increase the potential for commercial development within the mixed use zone and to allow for increased flexibility in the siting of new buildings.

The most significant changes include increasing the building square foot maximum from 10,000 square feet to 17,000 square feet if increased setback requirements are met, and removing the 5,000 square foot maximum requirement for light manufacturing, business and professional offices, and research laboratory. The 5,000 square foot maximum is retained on retail and restaurant uses to maintain conformance with the Town Plan, in which includes a statement of prohibition on “big box” stores. Business Yards, Food Processing Establishments, Repair Garage, Private Club, and Tavern have been added to the list of conditional uses within the District. Lastly, strict residential use is no longer allowable, new development must have at least 50% of the gross floor area in commercial use.

The proposed changes are contained within Section 3.4 Gateway Commercial District (G) of the Richmond Zoning regulations and within Section 3 Zoning District Regulations – Specific – Use Index Table. A copy of the proposed zoning amendments may be viewed at the Richmond Town Clerks Office or on the municipal website at http://www.richmondvt.gov/documents/ordinances/.

Seeking New Member for Richmond Development Review Board

The Development Review Board (DRB) is a five member volunteer board charged with the review and approval of development applications within the Town of Richmond. The Board functions in a “quasi-judicial” capacity to review testimony and evidence, interpret and apply the zoning and subdivision bylaws and render a decision based upon the merits of an application and information presented during a hearing. Members are appointed by the Richmond Selectboard and the DRB generally meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Experience with land use planning and regulation, engineering, and/or architecture a plus but not required.

If you are interested in serving on the Richmond Development Review Board, please send a letter of interest and resume to Geoffrey Urbanik, Richmond Town Manger to townmgr@gmavt.net or PO Box 285, Richmond VT, 05477.

The Town of Richmond Launches updated Website!

The Town of Richmond is happy to announce the launch of a new Municipal Website. The site boasts an intuitive navigation, mobile friendly design, and detailed government information. In addition to these features, information regarding departments, a meeting minutes section, and an area for the most requested items have been included to make it easy for site visitors to find information and contacts quickly. The website was made possible by the assistance of The Snelling Center for Government through the Vermont Digital Economy Project, an Economic Development Grant awarded to the Vermont Council on Rural Development