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«TOWN OF ST. ALBANS Franklin County, Vermont Town Plan Selectboard Approved August 13, 2012 Prepared By: Town of St. Albans 579 Lake Road St. Albans, ...»

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TOWN OF ST. ALBANS

Franklin County, Vermont

Town Plan

Selectboard Approved August 13, 2012

Prepared By:

Town of St. Albans

579 Lake Road

St. Albans, VT 05478

The Town of St. Albans Selectboard has reviewed and approved the Town Plan for the Town of

St. Albans by majority vote. The Town of St. Albans Selectboard recognizes responsibilities

and duties to enforce the policies of the Town of St. Albans Town Plan in full accord to Vermont

Statue and for the citizens of the Town of St. Albans.

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Selectboard Member & Chair, Bernie Boudreau ______________________________________

Selectboard Member & Vice Chair, William Nihan ______________________________________

Selectboard Member, Joseph J. Montagne _____________________________________

Selectboard Member, Steve Coon _____________________________________

Selectboard Member, Brent Palmer The Town of St. Albans Selectboard members were all present at their August 13th, 2012 Public

Hearing on the Town Plan and the following vote:

Approve Selectboard Member & Chair, Bernie Boudreau Selectboard Member & Vice Chair, William Nihan Selectboard Member, Joseph Montagne Selectboard Member, Steve Coon Selectboard Member, Brent Palmer Not Approve None No Vote None The Town of St. Albans Town Plan is hereby adopted the Town Plan on this day 13th of August in this year 2012.

_____________________________________

Witnessed in form and signature by:

Administrative Assistant, Jennifer Gray

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

2012 Selectboard Selectboard Member & Chair, Bernard Boudreau Selectboard Member & Vice Chair, William Nihan Selectboard Member, Joseph J. Montagne Selectboard Member, Steve Coon Selectboard Member, Brent Palmer 2011 Selectboard Selectboard Member & Chair, William Walker Selectboard Member & Vice Chair, Paul Larner Selectboard Member, John Gray Selectboard Member, Joseph J. Montagne Selectboard Member, William Nihan 2010 Selectboard Selectboard Member & Chair, William Nihan Selectboard Member & Vice Chair, Bernard Boudreau Selectboard Member, John Gray Selectboard Member, Paul Larner Selectboard Member, William Walker 2011 Planning Commission Planning Commissioner & Chair, Cheryl Teague Planning Commissioner & Vice Chair, Bruce Chees

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The Town of St. Albans Selectboard would like to acknowledge and thank the community for their participation and valuable input on the Town Plan. The Town Plan is written for and belongs to the community of the Town of St. Albans. Community participation is vital for a vibrant Town.

The Town of St. Albans Selectboard would like to acknowledge and thank the Town of St.

Albans Planning Commission for their dedicated work on the Town Plan. The Town of St.

Albans Planning Commission has provided an invaluable service when accepting the task of drafting a Town Plan.

The Town of St. Albans Selectboard would like to acknowledge and thank the previous Selectboard for their dedicated work on the Town Plan. The writing of the Town Plan could not have been accomplished without their work.

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1. INTRODUCTION

1.1. Vision Statement

1.2. Key Concepts (Definitions)

1.3. Town Planning

1.4. Framework Policies for the Town Plan

1.5. Plan Preparation

1.6. How To Read A Town Plan

1.9. Chapter Policies in the Town Plan

1.10. Policies and Suggested Actions

2. TOWN DESCRIPTION AND POPULATION

2.1. Location

2.2. Town History

2.3. Population and Future Projections

2.4. Policies and Suggested Actions

3. LAND USE

3.3. Current Land Uses

3.4. Land Use Regulations

3.5. Proposed Land Use Changes

3.6. Purpose, Current and Future Planning

3.7. Policies and Suggested Actions

4. TRANSPORTATION

4.2. Description

4.4. Sections of the Transportation Chapter

4.5. Road Network

4.6. Regional Roadways

4.7. Roadway Classifications

4.8. Local Road Management and Maintenance

4.9. Other Roadways

4.10. Non-Motorized Travel

4.11. Transit and Rail

4.12. Policies and Suggested Actions

5. HISTORIC, SCENIC AND NATURAL RESOURCES

5.1. Introduction

5.2. Background and Context

5.3. Purpose

5.4. Historic Resources

5.5. Scenic Resources

5.6. Natural Resources and the Environment

5.7. Agricultural and Forest Land Definitions

5.8. Policies and Suggested Actions

6. HOUSING

6.1. Preface

6.2. Purpose

6.3. Housing Issues

6.4. Sections of the Housing Chapter

6.5. Housing Availability and Growth

6.6. Senior Housing

6.7. Existing Conditions Summary





6.8. Housing Problems

6.9. Housing Need

6.10. Housing Costs and Affordability

6.11. Policies and Suggested Actions

7. FACILITIES, UTILITIES, AND SERVICE

7.1. Preface

7.3. Planning to Serve the Population

7.4. Public Safety and Emergency Services

7.5. Municipal Facilities and Property

7.6. Telecommunication Services

7.7. Health and Human Services

7.8. Policies and Suggested Actions

8. ENERGY

8.1. Preface

8.2. Description

8.3. Energy Supply and Consumption

8.4. Energy Conservation and Efficiency

8.5. Local Energy Generation Opportunities

8.6. Policies and Suggested Actions

9. JOBS AND THE ECONOMY

9.1. Description

9.2. Employment

9.3. Employment Options in St. Albans Town

9.4. Retail Sales and Services

9.5. Policies and Suggested Actions

10. EDUCATION AND CHILDCARE

10.1. Description

10.2. Education

10.3. Childcare and Early Education

10.4. Policies and Suggested Actions

11. PLANNING WITH ADJACENT COMMUNITIES AND THE REGION

11.1. Description

11.2. Consideration of Land Use Planning in Adjacent Communities

11.3. Consideration of Policies, Goals and Implementation

11.4. Policies and Suggested Actions

12. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PLAN

12.1. Description

12.2. Policies and Suggested Actions

APPENDIX A

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1. Introduction

1.1. Vision Statement As the foundation of the Town Plan, the following "vision statement" describes the

community the citizens want the Town of St. Albans to be like in the future:

"The Town of St. Albans will be a town where there is balance between residential, commercial and industrial development for robust and sustainable economic growth and a town with wholesome neighborhoods, agricultural character and natural, cultural and historical resources."

The Town Plan includes policies that, used as a strategic plan of action, can move the Town toward a future described by the vision statement.

1.2. Key Concepts (Definitions) Several important terms are incorporated in the Vision Statement. An understanding of the meaning of these terms and other terms used in the plan is crucial to understanding the vision of the community.

Balance The proportioning of each element of the community and environment to exist in a complementary and tolerant relationship.

Agricultural Character Allowing agricultural activities to continue and conserving views and open spaces.

Neighborhood An area primarily devoted to residential use that is oriented toward children and families with common areas or open space areas to create an environment conducive to social interaction.

Wholesome An atmosphere in which personal safety is assured and positive interaction between neighbors is encouraged including: separation of traffic from family facilities; absence of excessive noise excessive light and other disturbances caused by traffic, industrial activity, night life, and railroad activity; conservation of open space; and promotion of view protection

1.3. Town Planning In 1968, the Vermont General Assembly enacted the Vermont Municipal and Regional Planning and Development Act (24 V.S.A. Chapter 117). The Vermont Municipal and Regional Planning and Development Act give all State of Vermont municipalities the authority to prepare, implement and maintain a town plan (Appendix A).

The Town Plan includes policies that can be used as a strategic plan of action. The Town Plan also includes policies for Land Use Regulations and further planning efforts.

Projects that come under Vermont’s Land Use and Development Act (Act 250) must conform to the Town of St. Albans Town Plan.

1.4. Framework Policies for the Town Plan

1. Provide a means for the Town to reach its desired future - The overriding intention of the Town Plan is to provide a means for shaping Town policies and land use decisions in a manner that enables the community to reach the future described by the citizens in the Vision Statement.

2. Manage growth in a logical, sustainable manner - The Town Plan provides for the growth of the community in a manner that allows the maintenance of economic well being, healthy, functioning environmental systems, and a sustainable high quality of life. The intent of the Town Plan is to meet and/or exceed the goals for planning established by the Northwest Regional Planning Commission and all related legislation.

3. Provide for citizen involvement - Ongoing public involvement in the planning process is encouraged by providing a formal process for reviews and updates of the Town Plan. The development of the Town of St. Albans area is continuously monitored to ensure that growth is occurring in an orderly fashion and is not adversely affecting the Town's ability to provide adequate services and facilities.

4. Conduct coordinated planning - In recognition of the regional nature of many planning and growth issues, the Town of St. Albans actively engages in communication and cooperation with Northwest Regional Planning Commission, Franklin County and adjoining jurisdictions, state and federal agencies to ensure the orderly development of the area.

5. Control urban sprawl through the designation of Growth Center Overlays, Lake Shore Overlays, Zoning Bylaws and Subdivision Regulations and other methods.

6. The Town Plan provides for development patterns that are compact and unscattered through the designation of appropriately sized Growth Center Overlays and Lake Shore Overlays.

7. Provide for the conservation of natural resource lands - In recognition of the importance of natural resource lands for the economic success and continued quality of life for residents, the region, and the state, the Town Plan provides for the conservation of such lands and their protection from inappropriate development.

8. Protect sensitive environmental areas - Recognizing the importance of critical environmental systems such as wetlands, habitats, and creeks to economic success, sustainability of human activities and continued quality of life of the people of the Town of St. Albans, the region, and the state, the Town Plan takes steps to identify such lands in the Town of St. Albans to protect and conserve them from inappropriate development.

9. Provide for the coordinated sustainable economic health of the community - The Town Plan provides measures for maintaining the health of the local economy, including balancing competing interests of residents with those of the business community, reducing regulatory hindrances to successful economic activity and promoting local economic activity.

1.5. Plan Preparation The original Town Plan was prepared by the Town of St. Albans Selectboard and the Town of St. Albans Planning Commission to establish policies intended to direct future development of the Town. The Town of St. Albans first adopted a Town Plan in 1983.

Land Use regulations were first adopted in 1970. With a growing population and the likelihood of mounting development pressures, the Town of St. Albans began a comprehensive planning program aimed at addressing the many complex issues pertaining to community development.

In 2010, an update to the Town Plan was required in accord with Vermont Statutes.

The Planning Commission undertook the task of constructing a draft town plan and in July of 2010 forwarded a draft town plan to the Selectboard for review and approval. In July of 2010, the Selectboard accepted the forwarded draft town plan and took on the task of completing the town plan. On June 27, 2011, the Town of St. Albans Selectboard adopted the Town Plan.

The Town of St. Albans Planning Commission is charged with managing the town plan with approval by the Selectboard.

Citizen participation is important to all levels of the planning process. Opportunities for citizen involvement have been assured throughout the Town Plan update through several initiatives.

Citizen Participation Program 2010 Town Plan

1. Project Website and On-line Discussion Forum

2. Three Public Forums on Land Use and Development; Transportation and Energy;

and Public Facilities, Services, and Education

3. Meeting with key stakeholders and groups, including representatives from schools, the fire department, and law enforcement agencies; and the St. Albans Watershed Committee.

2005 Town Plan

1. Planning survey distributed to a random sample of 1,234 people. The survey’s response rate was 42%. It is available at the Town Clerk’s Office.

1.6. How To Read A Town Plan Each chapter contains at least one policy statement and suggested action.



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