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

Gold Coast penthouse transformed by The Block twins Alisa and Lysandra hits the market

first_img MORE NEWS: Suburb’s first residents sell up The Block winners Alisa and Lysandra Fraser have injected their style into this Hollywell penthouse.A LUXURY Gold Coast penthouse which has had a Block-esque makeover has hit the market. The three-bedroom Hollywell apartment was recently updated by The Block Sky High winners Alisa and Lysandra Fraser. The owners enlisted the cops turned reality stars who now have forged their way in the interior design business to do the contemporary makeover, alongside a renovation completed by a local builder. The three-bedroom apartment at 2601/323 Bayview St has had a contemporary makeover. Former cops Alisa and Lysandra were enlisted to help with the transformation. MORE NEWS: Castle’s fourth price slash The twin’s website lists the project as “a coastal luxury penthouse apartment.”“This prestigious penthouse apartment is undoubtedly one of the northern Gold Coast’s most desirable residences,” it reads. “With a functional and spacious floorplan that is framed by breathtaking Broadwater views, this luxury apartment exudes elegance and understated class.“Our brief was to create an interior that played on the beautiful natural surroundings, whilst showcasing a refined and relaxed lifestyle. “This beautiful space has been designed to incorporate blissful resort-style living, as well as being an entertainer’s paradise.” If open ensuites are your thing, this main bedroom will be a treat! The twins have a simple yet luxurious style.Ray White Sovereign Islands agent Leo Ryan, who is marketing the property at 2601/323 Bayview St, said a love for the reno show was why the owners got the twins involved. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“The wife is a big fan of The Block TV show and in particular Alisa and Lysandra,” he said.“Alisa and Lysandra were used as consultants for the interior design and styling. “The husband was born and bred on the Gold Coast but they have now been in Sydney for quite a few years and this was their holiday home when on the Gold Coast. “It’s a stunning 345sq m north-facing penthouse apartment with views over the Broadwater and the Surfer Paradise skyline.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:34Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy The Block has been such a success00:35center_img The penthouse will head under the hammer next month.Wine fridges, electric blinds controlled from a mobile device, a multi-room audio system, private lift, large balcony, 3D textile wall coverings and a chandelier are highlights of the apartment which is in the Allisee complex. The penthouse is set to head under the hammer on October 20.last_img read more