2019 Town Plan Amendments

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The current Town Plan was written in 2016, so is not due for a rewrite until 2024.

However.....

the Planning Commission has discussed amendments to the Town Plan:

They finalized the draft amendments to the Town Plan for a public hearing on October 15.

After hearing from the public they approved the draft and sent it off to the Selectboard. The Selectboard held their first of two public hearings on December, with their second on January 2, 2020. After hearing from the public, the voted to approve the draft Town Plan. Now that it is approved, it is now the new Town Plan. The new town Plan will be posted on the website next week. The Selectboard didn't make any changes to the Plan, so the final Plan will be just like the "clean version" that you can view by clicking the button below.



Please see the timeline on this page for more details on the amendment process.

Feel free to leave comments or ask questions below on the questions tool below. You can also see the various drafts of the chapters in the document library on this page.


What is the Town Plan?

The Planning Commission's main guiding planning document is the Town Plan. The Town Plan reflects the aspirations of Jericho's citizens for the future of the Town and is updated every 8 years. From the Town Plan comes the regulating documents: the Zoning Map and the Land Use Regulations. Check them out below:




Here are some more details about the items that were amended:

  • The Commercial District. In 2018 - 2019 the Planning Commission undertook a study of the Commercial District. They are actually still working on the project, but have wrapped up the Master Plan and Vision Statement phase. As a result of this project, changes are required to be made to how the District is characterized in the Town Plan. The changes to the Town Plan is the first implementation step suggested in the Master Plan.
  • Energy Chapter. The Planning Commission is working with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) and the Jericho Energy Task Force to revise the Town Plan's Energy Chapter. The energy revisions are based on developing a path for Jericho to meet the goals of the Vermont state Energy Plan, such as weatherizing homes, increased renewable energy generation, and reduced energy consumption. Additionally, with a state approved energy plan, Jericho will have more say in the state review process for the siting of renewable energy projects. Take a look at the current Energy Chapter, below. We have it in both a tracked changes version and one without all of the cross-outs and underlining.
  • Healthy Community chapter. With help from the CCRPC and the state Department of Health, the Planning Commission is working on a short chapter addressing healthy community design and implementing initiatives to encourage healthy living. This is a new chapter.

  • The Natural Resources chapter addresses the desire to amend the Natural Resources Overlay based on extensive data gathered in through the ECOS Science to Action Project. Good news: the Planning and Conservation Commissions completed that last year. The Natural Resources chapter will be updated to reflect the completion of that project.


The current Town Plan was written in 2016, so is not due for a rewrite until 2024.

However.....

the Planning Commission has discussed amendments to the Town Plan:

They finalized the draft amendments to the Town Plan for a public hearing on October 15.

After hearing from the public they approved the draft and sent it off to the Selectboard. The Selectboard held their first of two public hearings on December, with their second on January 2, 2020. After hearing from the public, the voted to approve the draft Town Plan. Now that it is approved, it is now the new Town Plan. The new town Plan will be posted on the website next week. The Selectboard didn't make any changes to the Plan, so the final Plan will be just like the "clean version" that you can view by clicking the button below.



Please see the timeline on this page for more details on the amendment process.

Feel free to leave comments or ask questions below on the questions tool below. You can also see the various drafts of the chapters in the document library on this page.


What is the Town Plan?

The Planning Commission's main guiding planning document is the Town Plan. The Town Plan reflects the aspirations of Jericho's citizens for the future of the Town and is updated every 8 years. From the Town Plan comes the regulating documents: the Zoning Map and the Land Use Regulations. Check them out below:




Here are some more details about the items that were amended:

  • The Commercial District. In 2018 - 2019 the Planning Commission undertook a study of the Commercial District. They are actually still working on the project, but have wrapped up the Master Plan and Vision Statement phase. As a result of this project, changes are required to be made to how the District is characterized in the Town Plan. The changes to the Town Plan is the first implementation step suggested in the Master Plan.
  • Energy Chapter. The Planning Commission is working with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) and the Jericho Energy Task Force to revise the Town Plan's Energy Chapter. The energy revisions are based on developing a path for Jericho to meet the goals of the Vermont state Energy Plan, such as weatherizing homes, increased renewable energy generation, and reduced energy consumption. Additionally, with a state approved energy plan, Jericho will have more say in the state review process for the siting of renewable energy projects. Take a look at the current Energy Chapter, below. We have it in both a tracked changes version and one without all of the cross-outs and underlining.
  • Healthy Community chapter. With help from the CCRPC and the state Department of Health, the Planning Commission is working on a short chapter addressing healthy community design and implementing initiatives to encourage healthy living. This is a new chapter.

  • The Natural Resources chapter addresses the desire to amend the Natural Resources Overlay based on extensive data gathered in through the ECOS Science to Action Project. Good news: the Planning and Conservation Commissions completed that last year. The Natural Resources chapter will be updated to reflect the completion of that project.


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