Local government’s authority to regulate the use of land within its jurisdiction represents a delicate balance between the private property rights of the individual landowner and the state’s police power interest in protecting the public’s health, safety and welfare. In Vermont, municipalities get their authority to regulate local land use through Chapter 117 of Title 24 of the Vermont Statutes. The City of Barre has four ordinances controlling development within the City. Zoning regulations control development of any construction, reconstruction, conversion, structural alteration, relocation, or enlargement of any building or other structure or any change in the use of a property. They are the Zoning Ordinance, the zoning map, the Building Code, the Flood Ordinance, and the Subdivision Ordinance. The subdivision regulations control the division or reconfiguration of parcels of land.
Besides establishing regulations, each ordinance also outlines the review and approval process for development and subdivisions of land. A description of the zoning approval process is also outlined on the zoning approval page of this site.