Waitsfield Selectboard Public Hearing on Zoning and Subdivision Regulations

TOWN OF WAITSFIELD SELECTBOARD

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER

PROPOSED REVISIONS TO THE WAITSFIELD ZONING BYLAW AND SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS

In accordance with state statute [24 V.S.A. Chapter 117 §4442], the Waitsfield Selectboard will hold a public hearing on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Waitsfield Town Offices to receive comments on proposed amendments to the Waitsfield Zoning Bylaw and Subdivision regulations. The Planning Commission referred the proposed drafts to the Selectboard on September 17, 2019 for review and adoption, following their public hearing on August 20, 2019   

The Waitsfield Planning Commission proposes substantive revisions to the zoning bylaws and subdivision regulations to address the lack of affordable housing in the community by allowing for increased density of clustered dwelling units (i.e., more dwelling units on less land) in the Agricultural-Residential Zoning District through the development of a Planned Hamlet Development (PHD).  The PHD regulations encourage the creation of residential hamlets that incorporate “modest homes” (dwelling units up to 1,000 square feet) on lots of 8,000 square feet (as opposed to 1 acre), while allowing dwelling units of any larger size (1,001 square feet or more) on lots of 1/4 acre (as opposed to 1 acre).  Additionally, the PHD encourages a shared wastewater system by allowing an underground system to be counted towards a Planned Hamlet Development’s open space requirement. Although similar provisions exist within Planned Residential Development (PRD) regulations for greater than standard density, the proposed Planned Hamlet Development regulations would allow for greater density than PRDs due to the smaller footprint associated with modest homes.

The Planning Commission also proposes to allow two unit multi-family dwellings as a permitted use within the Agricultural- Residential Zoning District and Village Residential Zoning District. As part of this update, the Planning Commission is proposing to allow up to one accessory dwelling unit per two unit multi-family dwelling in the Agricultural- Residential Zoning District and Village Residential Zoning Districts.

All of the proposed amendments and regulations are consistent with the Act, including the goals set forth in §4302, and are in conformance with, and are intended to implement, the Waitsfield Town Plan.

Copies of the full text of the proposed amendments to the zoning bylaws and a report prepared in accordance with §4441 of the Act are available at the Waitsfield Town Offices during regular business hours. They will also be available on the homepage of the Waitsfield Town Website (http://waitsfieldvt.us/). All interested persons are requested to attend and provide comments during the public hearing. Written comments may also be submitted to the Waitsfield Selectboard by mail to 4144 Main St. Waitsfield, VT 05673 or via email to the Town Administrator at

[email protected].

Dated at Waitsfield, Vermont, October 2, 2019

Paul Hartshorn, Chair

Waitsfield Selectboard