Municipal Plan Definition and Purpose
The municipal plan is both a thorough research document of the community's present condition and a guide for accomplishing community aspirations and intentions through public investments, land use regulations and other implementation programs. The plan is based upon surveys of existing conditions and probable future trends in the municipality, the region, and the state. Based on these surveys and trend, the plan identifies strategies for development and preservation of resources.
History of Barre City's Planning Process
Barre City has had a history of municipal plan development. The following are the municipal plan activities to date:
- 1963 —First municipal plan was prepared as a joint City of Barre and Town of Barre project. This plan included a land use plan, community facilities plan and a traffic plan.
- 1971 - A less comprehensive study and plan was completed
- 1980 - A new plan was adopted addressing future land use, transportation and parking, and community facilities
- 1985 - A new plan was prepared and adopted and then readopted in 1990
- 1992 - A comprehensive new plan was developed and adopted that formed the basis for the current plan
- 1994 - An economic development plan was developed
- 1997 - The plan was readopted with amendments and the 1994 economic plan was included as addendum to the plan
- 2003 - The 1997 plan was readopted with the addition of 2000 census data
- 2005 - Revised plan was adopted October 18, 2005
- 2010 - Moderately revised plan was re-adopted October, 2010
- 2014 - Revised Plan was adopted June 17, 2014
2014 Municipal Plan Update
In September, 2013, the Planning Commission started the process of creating a complete rewrite of the municipal plan. The Planning Commission formed study committees to address the special topics of child care, housing, vacant and underutilized land parcels. A downtown market study, which was a joint project of the City of Barre and the Barre Partnership, was also included as part of the planning process.
A series of informal public forums were held to review the downtown revitalization, child care, housing, and land use issues. These forums provided a means to review the Planning Commission's initial findings and recommendations with the public.
In addition, the Planning Commission held a formal public hearing and City Council held two additional hearings on June 9 & June 17, 2014 as required by state law.
The municipal plan documents can be viewed and, if desired, saved to your local computer by click HERE. All documents are in PDF format which can be viewed using Adobe Reader software which can be downloaded free at https://get.adobe.com/reader/.
The Planning Commission is responsible for preparing the plan, distributing the plan, holding public hearings on the plan, and submitting it to the Council for consideration. Council is required to hold at least two additional hearings before adoption.