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

The interest of British tour operators and airlines for Croatia is growing

first_imgDuring the second day of the World Travel Market (WTM) at the stand of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli held meetings with tour operators and airlines Thomas Cook, TUI, Ryanair and Saga.After the meetings, Minister Cappelli stated that he expressed satisfaction that the partners plan to expand their business in Croatia and that Croatia remains one of their most important markets. “Today we received confirmation from the most important partners in the British market that our tourism policy is moving in the right direction and that the Croatian market represents an exceptional tourism potential in which they plan to expand their offer. The London WTM fair traditionally brings the first impulses on which we base our estimates of tourist traffic trends in the next year, and based on the knowledge we received today, I can say that next year we will continue positive trends from the British and I believe other markets. Regardless of the return of competition from the markets of Greece and Turkey, the announcements and expectations are at the level of last year with the planned growth of up to 7 percent. ” said Minister Gary Cappelli. The number of arrivals from the UK is directly correlated with the number of flights from the market and the length of the flight period. The vast majority of flights start at the end of April and the beginning of May and the flights last until the middle or end of October. The tendency is to extend the flight season every year, and the same is expected in 2019, which was confirmed at WTM meetings. During the meeting at the fair Niall O’Connor i Gary butler Ryanair confirmed that it will open eight new routes to Zadar Airport in the new season, from the Czech Republic, Poland, Italy and Germany, and two new connections to Rijeka Airport, London and Manchester. On behalf of the tour operator TUI David Burling, Helen Caron i Lucy Ling at the meeting with Minister Cappelli, they pointed out that they are doing excellent business with our country and noted that they plan to introduce a new tourist tour City break on the route Zagreb-Plitvice-Krka-Split. During the first ten months of this year, British tourist arrivals increased by 8 per cent to almost 850, while overnight stays rose by 8 per cent to almost 4,4 million. British tourists mostly traveled to the regions of Dalmatia – Dubrovnik (36%), then Dalmatia – Split (23%) and Istria (20%), and spent most nights in hotels.last_img read more

Department war

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Bulldogs And Twisters Win Boys Tennis Sectional Openers

first_imgThe Batesville Varsity Tennis Team defeated Milan 5-0 on Wednesday to advance to the semifinals of the Sectional Tournament.Batevsville will play East Central on Thursday at 5 PM at South Dearborn High School. On the other side of the bracket, Oldenburg Academy defeated Lawrenceburg and will play South Dearborn Thursday at 5 PM. The winners will advance to the Sectional Championship on Saturday.#1 Singles- Beau Brown defeated Dean Elrod 6-0, 6-3#2 Singles- Blake Walsman defeated Luke Rehn 6-2, 6-2#3 Singles- Ben Schwettman defeated Jared Burton 6-1, 6-1#1 Doubles- Matt Taylor and Spencer Rose defeated Travis Butte and Sam Rehn 6-4, 3-6, 6-4#2 Doubles- Harsh Patel and Paul Ritter defeated Paul Hawk and Josh Bixler 6-0, 6-1Batesville is now 16-4 on the season.The Oldenburg Academy Twisters defeated The Lawrenceburg Tigers 4-1.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img read more

Premier League season kicks off

first_imgArsenal host Leicester in the opening game of the season.The Gunners are without Laurent Koscielny who’s banned, while Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey are fitness doubts.Danny Drinkwater and Vicente Iborra miss out for the visitors due to muscle problems. Kick off at the Emirates is at 7.45last_img