Newport becomes first in Vermont to adopt form-based code for zoning

first_imgAt the December 6, 2010 Newport City Council meeting, Newport became the first municipality in the state of Vermont to adopt form-based code into its zoning by-law. Form-based code is graphic form standards that regulate form of building rather than use of building. It has a positive approach illustrated by its language of ‘build to lines’ rather than ‘set backs.’ Form-based code defines desired development patterns.‘Form-based code is a three-pronged approach to zoning,’ stated Paul Dreher, Newport City Zoning Administrator. ‘It benefits the city with increased tax base, business benefits from expedited predictable permitting and it benefits the community with better public realm.’Newport accomplished this in only eight months because of partnership. Newport City Renaissance Corporation, a nonprofit organization that acts as a catalyst for community and economic development for downtown Newport, the Newport City Planning Commission and the Newport City Council worked together bringing resources and commitment to the process.‘Adoption of form-based code in record time through the hard work of numerous people and really proves that grass roots efforts pay off,’ stated Paul Monette, Newport City Mayor. ‘This type of zoning greatly improves the ability for the city to attract development while maintaining our historic downtown. While change does not happen overnight, this zoning will help initiate change and much-needed growth.’‘I am elated with the formal passage of the new Forms-Based Code by the Newport City Council,’ said Monette. ‘Newport City is the first in the State of Vermont and one of the few in the country to pass this type of code into its zoning bylaws.’In 2009, Newport was the first municipality in Vermont to receive the American Institute of Architects (AIA) grant for a Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT). The team held community meetings and focus groups with community members and produced a report of recommendations for the City to pursue in planning development and re-development of its downtown and waterfront on Lake Memphremagog. One of its recommendations was to adopt form-based code. If the downtown buildings fell down under the old zoning by-law, it could not be built to replace the fabric of building forms. Form-based code does.Source: Newport City Renaissance Corporation. 12.7.2010‘Form-based code is efficient because it takes away the variance process which slows things down when a project is being developed,’ said Patricia M Sears, Executive Director of Newport City Renaissance Corporation. ‘Form-based code allows for long term vision for the city’s downtown.’Because form-based code promotes mixed use for buildings, with retail on ground floor, offices on second floor and housing on the top floors, Newport is looking forward to form-based code refreshing neighborhoods and promoting entrepreneurs.‘Newport can truly say it is ‘Open for Business’,’ declared Charlie Elliott, chairman of Newport City Planning Commission.last_img read more

Mitcham Trade Park almost fully let

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David E. Glenn

first_imgDavid E. Glenn, 82, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Sunday July 26, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio.He was born February 2, 1938 in Tell City, IN, son of the late Charles L. Glenn and Mildred (Schauberger) Glenn.He served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.David worked as a School Administrator for South Dearborn School Corporation, retiring after over 33 years of service.He was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the AuroraAmerican Legion Post 231 .David graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s of Science, a Master’s and EdS in Education. He enjoyed traveling, and had visited all 50 states and over 20 countries.David is survived by his loving spouse of 59 years Jemma Glenn (Hermann), daughters, Debbie (Steve) Huffman of Aurora, IN, Cindy (Mike) Vogt of Lawrenceburg, IN; grandchildren, Lindsay Huffman, Katelyn Huffman, Sam Vogt, Nick Vogt; brothers, Paul (Ina) Glenn of Georgetown, TX, Craig (Donna) Glenn of Charlotte, NC.He was preceded in death by his parents.Friends will be received Friday, July 31, 2020, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 203 Fourth Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at 1:00 pm with Father Ben Syberg officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Eagles Scholarship Fund or St Mary’s Catholic Church. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Due to the current situation dealing with COVID-19, we are following the directives from Governor Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning large events and mass gatherings. The family deeply appreciates the support and love shown from friends, but the health and well being of everyone in our community is of top priority. We are asking everyone who will be in attendance to please remember the social distancing guidelines at all times, and the wearing of masks is highly recommended.Alternative ways to express your condolences can be done by going online at our website and leaving the family a message, sending a card, flowers, or making a donation in memory of their loved one.visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more