2021 Zoning Review - Affordable Housing & More

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Affordable Housing

A hot topic and for good reason

This is where you'll find information about the Planning Commission's efforts around Affordable Housing and Jericho's Zoning Regulations


On November 16, 2021 the Planning Commission warned a draft of the Affordable Housing Zoning Regulations.

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on this draft on Tuesday December 14, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at Jericho Town Hall, 67 VT Route 15, Jericho, Vermont or virtually via Zoom. Please note that masking is required in Town Hall. Register in advance for the Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqduqrqzkoG9NGLWMzwO62am3xIe19JnvC. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This draft can be found here.

The public notice of the Public Hearing can be found here

A Planning Commission Report on the listed changes is found here


As stated in a guidance documents developed by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Enabling Better Places: A Zoning Guide for Vermont Neighborhoods:

“Decent, affordable, and reasonably located homes, more than anything, determine the well-being of every Vermonter. Where we live can ease or complicate our access to work, schools, recreation, and services.

Zoning for Great Neighborhoods aims to help towns address the mismatch between Vermont’s available houses and the increase in smaller households including the homes needed for our aging population. Updated local land use regulations are needed to provide housing choices for more Vermonters.”

Supported by this knowledge and the Jericho Affordable Housing Committee (JAHC), the Jericho Planning Commission is working on a series of updates to affordable housing in the Land Use Regulations (AKA "Zoning Regulations")



Throughout the spring, summer and fall of 2021, the Planning Commission developed and discussed changes to Jericho's Zoning Regulations related to Affordable Housing, specifically:

  • Planned Unit Development
  • Accessory Dwelling Units
  • For Discussion: Expanded Use Table
  • For Discussion: Parking Requirements
  • Inclusionary Zoning (click on the blue link to view a presentation by the JAHC)

They will continue to discuss further amendments. What could these amendments include?

  • Greater flexibility for developing other housing types through out Town, such as duplexes, triplexes and multi-family housing
  • Reduced required number of residential parking spaces or allowing on street parking where feasible
  • Reduced building setbacks and increased lot coverage
  • Streamlining the development review process, which could lower construction costs
  • Increasing sidewalks, street connections, crosswalks, and paths, especially in the growth areas. All with the goal to improve walking and biking
  • Encourage energy efficient housing

On this page, you will find more detail about all of this, suggested Zoning edits, and upcoming discussions.

Please note that the draft PUD edits are broader than just affordable housing. They include revisions to improve clarity throughout the PUD section. Click here to view the presentation on the PUD edits for more details. It may also be viewed on the right sidebar.



We also want to hear from YOU!

Below we have set up two discussion tools ("Post Your Ideas" and "Let's Discuss Affordable Housing"). We hope you will jump in on, have your say, listen to, and discuss affordable housing with others.


Affordable Housing

A hot topic and for good reason

This is where you'll find information about the Planning Commission's efforts around Affordable Housing and Jericho's Zoning Regulations


On November 16, 2021 the Planning Commission warned a draft of the Affordable Housing Zoning Regulations.

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on this draft on Tuesday December 14, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at Jericho Town Hall, 67 VT Route 15, Jericho, Vermont or virtually via Zoom. Please note that masking is required in Town Hall. Register in advance for the Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqduqrqzkoG9NGLWMzwO62am3xIe19JnvC. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This draft can be found here.

The public notice of the Public Hearing can be found here

A Planning Commission Report on the listed changes is found here


As stated in a guidance documents developed by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Enabling Better Places: A Zoning Guide for Vermont Neighborhoods:

“Decent, affordable, and reasonably located homes, more than anything, determine the well-being of every Vermonter. Where we live can ease or complicate our access to work, schools, recreation, and services.

Zoning for Great Neighborhoods aims to help towns address the mismatch between Vermont’s available houses and the increase in smaller households including the homes needed for our aging population. Updated local land use regulations are needed to provide housing choices for more Vermonters.”

Supported by this knowledge and the Jericho Affordable Housing Committee (JAHC), the Jericho Planning Commission is working on a series of updates to affordable housing in the Land Use Regulations (AKA "Zoning Regulations")



Throughout the spring, summer and fall of 2021, the Planning Commission developed and discussed changes to Jericho's Zoning Regulations related to Affordable Housing, specifically:

  • Planned Unit Development
  • Accessory Dwelling Units
  • For Discussion: Expanded Use Table
  • For Discussion: Parking Requirements
  • Inclusionary Zoning (click on the blue link to view a presentation by the JAHC)

They will continue to discuss further amendments. What could these amendments include?

  • Greater flexibility for developing other housing types through out Town, such as duplexes, triplexes and multi-family housing
  • Reduced required number of residential parking spaces or allowing on street parking where feasible
  • Reduced building setbacks and increased lot coverage
  • Streamlining the development review process, which could lower construction costs
  • Increasing sidewalks, street connections, crosswalks, and paths, especially in the growth areas. All with the goal to improve walking and biking
  • Encourage energy efficient housing

On this page, you will find more detail about all of this, suggested Zoning edits, and upcoming discussions.

Please note that the draft PUD edits are broader than just affordable housing. They include revisions to improve clarity throughout the PUD section. Click here to view the presentation on the PUD edits for more details. It may also be viewed on the right sidebar.



We also want to hear from YOU!

Below we have set up two discussion tools ("Post Your Ideas" and "Let's Discuss Affordable Housing"). We hope you will jump in on, have your say, listen to, and discuss affordable housing with others.

  • Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    Here is where you can share your ideas about affordable housing on a collective "virtual" post-it note board. You can also like and comment on ideas that you care most about. 

    Here are some questions to help you get started with your post-it note:

    • What is important in affordable housing?
    • What are your ideas about how Jericho can encourage affordable housing?
    • Do you have any specific zoning changes that you would suggest?


    To add your idea
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    Start by submitting an idea
Page last updated: 08 December 2021, 10:11