Master Plan Re-Adopted by the Planning Commission
Sabin’s Pasture To Be Zoned Low Density (472 units)
MONTPELIER — Under the nearly finalized master plan for the city of Montpelier, most of the Sabin Street area “could have the potential for eight more dwelling units.” The planning commission voted unanimously to move the district into a medium density zoning area during their meeting August 10. In addition, Sabin’s Pasture, made up of 90 undeveloped acres and located just outside the city, will most likely become zoned for low-density development (472 units) versus medium density (555 units), according to meeting minutes, which stated, “with the vice-chair polling the members, there would be a 3-2 vote for LDR (low density). A member of the public requested that gardens be encouraged downtown. The plan was re-adopted by unanimous vote. The commission will forward the plan to city council for final approval. Present at the meeting August 10 were Jon Anderson, Barbara Conrey, Tina Ruth, Eileen Simpson, John Adams, Leslie Welts, Michael Miller, planning director and Brandy Saxton.
Employees Purchase The New School of Montpelier
MONTPELIER — The employees of The New School of Montpelier have purchased the school from its founder and will be operating it as a worker cooperative. Founded in 2005 by Susan Kimmerly, the school serves students ages six – 22 with intensive disabilities; primarily children and young adults with autism, cognitive disabilities and challenging behaviors, often related to trauma. The New School provides a safe and encouraging environment for students to form relationships, develop trust, gain life skills and the social competencies necessary to become successful learners and contributing members of their communities.
The purchase of the business was finalized on March 30, and financing for the deal was secured through a collaboration between the Cooperative Fund of New England, the Vermont Employee Ownership Center’s Vermont Employee Ownership Loan Fund and the Vermont Economic Development Authority. Upon completion of the deal, the new employee-owners celebrated with a gathering at the Montpelier Elks Club.
City Hiring Economic Development Consultant
MONTPELIER — City officials are in the process of hiring a consultant to help develop a strategic plan for future growth. “The economic strategic plan is priority of city council,” said Jessie Baker, assistant city manager August 19. “It is targeted solely on economic development. The council has had this as a goal for the last two years.” The hiring committee to choose a consultant includes representatives from these organizations — the Montpelier Business Association, Montpelier Alive, a River Street business. It also includes these city officials: Jessie Baker, Planning Director Mike Miller and Community Development Specialist Kevin Casey. Nine applicants responded to the request for proposals, the vetting process has been completed and the committee will present their recommendation to city council at their meeting August 26, Baker said.
Man Arrested for Domestic Assault
MONTPELIER — Antonio Pizano, 30, of Montpelier was arrested for domestic assault, interference with access to emergency services and violation of conditions of release (2 counts) and later lodged at the Northeast State Correctional Center in St. Johnsbury for lack of $1,500 bail. He was cited to appear in the Washington County Superior Court-Criminal Division on August 18 at 12:30 p.m. for arraignment.
-From the Montpelier Police Department Media Log
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