Select Board – Notice of Public Hearing – April 26, 2021

SELECT BOARD
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
AMENDMENT TO
BENNINGTON
LAND USE & DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS

           The Bennington Select Board will conduct a Public Hearing on April 26, 2021 at 6:15 p.m. to consider an amendment to the Bennington Land Use & Development Regulations. For public health reasons, the videoconferencing platform, Zoom, will be used to host the Public Hearing. If one wishes to participate in the Select Board Zoom Videoconference Public Hearing, please use the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89448782346 or call: 646 558 8656 and enter the following Meeting ID: 894 4878 2346.

A. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:

The proposed amendment implements Form-Based Design Standards in zoning districts in and around Downtown Bennington. The purpose of the amendment is to foster a clear and straightforward articulation of what is envisioned for the future of areas in and around Downtown Bennington. The guiding principle of the amendment is to allow and encourage compatible uses in these areas with less regulatory restriction and a greater reliance on the form of development to insure and enhance the economic strength and social fabric of Bennington.

B. AREA COVERED

The proposed amendment to the Town Plan involves areas in and around downtown Bennington, including the following current zoning districts: Central Business, Office and Apartment, Village Commercial, Urban Mixed Use, Village Industrial.

C. SECTIONS AND MAPS OF PROPOSED AMENDEMENT

Table 3.1         Town Center Districts – Land Use Permissions
Table 3.2         Town Center Districts – Additional Use Standards
Table 3.3         Town Center Districts – Use Categories
Table 3.4         Downtown Form-Based-Design (DD) Area
Table 3.5         Mixed Use Form-Based-Design (MD) Area
Table 3.6         Residential Form-Based-Design (RD) Area
Table 3.11       Mixed Residential #2 (MR-2) District
Map 1   Entire Town
Map 2   Historic Bennington Design Review District
Map 3   Planned Commercial Design Review District
Map 4   Airport Approach Zone
Map 5   Town Center Zoning Districts
Map 6   Town Center Form-Based-Design Areas
Article 2 Definitions – Accessory Apartment, Accessory Dwelling Unit, Civic Center, Minimum Lot Frontage, Neighborhood Market, Substantial Completion
Section 3.1      Establishment of Zoning Districts
Section 3.2      Official Zoning Map
Section 3.5      District Objectives, Uses and Standards
Section 5.2      Accessory Apartment (Accessory Dwelling Units, ADUs)

D. WHERE THE FULL AMENDMENT MAY BE EXAMINED:

Copies of the proposed amendment to the Bennington Town Plan and Land Use & Development Regulations, and accompanying report, are posted online at: https://benningtonplanningandpermits.com/amendments/ and are available by appointment for examination at the Bennington Town Office at 205 South Street, in Bennington, Vermont. Please call 802-442-1037 to make an appointment.

Donald Campbell, Chairperson, Town of Bennington Select Board