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

LA Dodgers sign LHP Scott Kazmir to 3-year, $48M deal

first_imgWhen Scott Kazmir signed a two-year contract with the Oakland A’s in December 2013, it was a high-risk baseball decision for a small-market franchise that needed to take risks.Before spending 2013 pitching for the Cleveland Indians, Kazmir had spent the 2012 season racking up a 5.34 ERA for the Sugar Land Skeeters, an independent league team that employed a 49-year-old Roger Clemens and averaged 6,650 fans per game.“He made us look very smart for making that deal in retrospect,” said Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi, an executive with the A’s at the time.Zaidi can only hope the three-year, $48 million contract Kazmir signed with the Dodgers on Wednesday proves just as wise. Kazmir can opt out of the contract after next season — a risk the Dodgers were willing to take because of their faith in their young starters. According to the New York Post, the Dodgers will defer contract payouts to Kazmir over the next six years.After one and a half years in Oakland, the A’s traded Kazmir to the Houston Astros in July. His combined 2015 statistics: a 7-11 record, 3.10 ERA, 155 strikeouts and 59 walks in 183 innings pitched.If Kazmir made the A’s front office look smart, maybe the best he can do is make the Dodgers look lucky.Their first priority was to re-sign Zack Greinke, who was quickly swept away by a record-setting contract offer from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers actually agreed to terms with pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, but Iwakuma’s physical caused enough of a concern that the Dodgers backed off. The right-hander then re-signed with the Seattle Mariners.The Dodgers also backed off a trade that would have sent All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman to Los Angeles for prospects when Chapman became the focus of domestic violence allegations. “Once the details that emerged came to light, we weren’t comfortable making the move,” Zaidi said. “We made a decision and moved on.”When Chapman was ultimately traded to the New York Yankees, the Dodgers were left with an urgency to upgrade their pitching staff another way.Kazmir, who was out of the country Wednesday, has never pitched in the National League. He has a career record of 98-90 and a 3.96 ERA for Tampa Bay, Oakland, Cleveland, Houston and the Angels.Not long ago, Kazmir’s promising major league career appeared finished. He went 9-15 with a 5.94 ERA for the Angels in 2010, then pitched just one game the following year. That prompted his move to indy ball in 2012.“There were games he had (with the Angels) where it would have been hard to conclude (that his career wasn’t over),” Zaidi said. “I think he’d be the first person to say that. I think that’s a testament to his will and resolve to get back to performing at a high level.“There was a certain maturity and appreciation for the game leading up to (Kazmir) coming back in 2013,” Zaidi said. “The guy I saw in Oakland was a great teammate, a guy who I think really appreciated the chance to put the big league uniform on every day. I really felt based in my interaction with him in Oakland, he’d be an additive guy to our clubhouse.” Kazmir, who turns 32 in January, makes it possible for the Dodgers to roll an all-left-handed rotation in 2016, joining Clayton Kershaw, Alex Wood, Brett Anderson and Hyun-Jin Ryu. The Dodgers have right-handed depth in Mike Bolsinger, Zach Lee and Joe Wieland, as well as prospects Jose De Leon, Frankie Montas and Jharel Cotton. Veteran right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who had Tommy John surgery in April, is a possibility to rejoin the rotation in the second half.The Dodgers have also been speaking with free agent right-hander Kenta Maeda, and Zaidi did not rule out adding another starting pitcher. Maeda was posted by his Japanese club earlier this month and would probably cost the Dodgers a $20 million posting fee on top of his salary.As Zaidi pointed out, Kazmir is unlike the Dodgers’ other lefties. His fastball/changeup combination limited right-handed hitters to a .219 batting average in 2015, compared to .275 for left-handers. “That’s something we’ve discussed over the course of the off-season,” Zaidi said of the all-lefty rotation. “It sets you up for a situation where having some balance in the bullpen makes some sense, because you’re going to see a certain type of lineup day-in, day-out when you have an extreme rotation one way or another.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

22.8% of female undergrads at ISU say they’ve been sexually assaulted

first_imgAMES — A new survey finds more than one in five women who are Iowa State University students say they have been the victims of sexual assault during their college career.The Association of American Universities surveyed students at 33 institutions across the country, including about 4,800 at Iowa State University.It’s a follow-up to a 2015 survey and ISU’s resultsshow about a one-and-a-half percent increase in the number of female, male and transgender students who say they have been sexually assaulted.Nearly 23 percent of women undergrads at ISU said they’d been assaulted. In a written statement, Iowa State University president Wendy Wintersteen said the survey results will help refine programs that move closer to the goal of preventing sexual assault and misconduct on the Ames campus.Iowa State officials say they’re seeing an improvement in the number of bystanders who are willing to intervene, as three-quarters of those who said they had witnessed troubling behavior took some sort of action. The national survey found virtually no male victims and only 16.5 percent of female victims of campus sexual assault reported it to campus or city authorities.In addition, the majority of incidents occurred on a campus or on property affiliated with one of the 33 universities, including fraternity houses and residence halls.last_img read more