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The Barre City Planning Commission is a seven member board, appointed by the City Council, with members serving four-year terms. The function of this Commission is long range planning which includes preparation of the City’s Municipal Plan, Zoning and Subdivision Regulations. The Planning Commission may also undertake studies and make recommendations regarding future development.

The Planning Commission normally meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month (with sometimes a more limited schedule in July and August) at 6:30 PM in Council Chambers, which is handicapped accessible by an elevator found in the rear access of the building with the Opera House.

Current members include:

Jackie Calder, Chair   (term expires June 2020) -
David Sichel   (term expires June 2019) -
James Hart, III   (term expires June 2020) -
Michael Hellien, Vice Chair   (term expires June 2020) -
Rachel Rudi   (term expires June 2020) -
Rick Badem   (term expires June 2020) -

Correspondence to the Commission should be directed to:

Planning Commission
c/o Janet E. Shatney, Director
Planning, Permitting, & Assessing Services
6 North Main St. Ste 7
Barre, VT 05641


Zoning Update as of May 23, 2019:

After having spent two and half years on rewriting the current zoning ordinance with the subdivision regulations integrated into it, the Planning Commission held their public hearing on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 6:30 to pm in Council Chambers.

Several non-substantial changes were made at the hearing, including adding more diagrams for visual aid purposes.  The Planning Commission voted unanimously in the affirmative to forward to City Council the final draft of the CITY OF BARRE UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE dated May 23, 2019, along with the proposed and revised ZONING DISTRICT MAP and proposed OVERLAY DISTRICT MAP accompanying the text.

At this point, the City Council and City Clerk have been sent the draft for filing and review.  Once the City Clerk warns the First Public Hearing, the Permit Administrator is required under State Statute to review any zoning permit applications not only under the current ordinance, but also under the draft proposed Ordinance, therefore, the more stringent of either rules shall apply.

Timeline as of January 23, 2019:

Council First Reading:  Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 beginning at 7:15 pm.  [Between 15 and 120 days from January 23, 2019 to decide upon and hold their first public reading (no earlier than Thursday, February 7, 2019, and no later than Thursday, May 23, 2019)]

Public meeting with Council:  Discussion regarding draft ordinance on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 6 pm in Council Chambers

Council 2nd First Reading:  Tuesday, April 23, 2019 saw the Council forward their review of items and comments from their public meeting and forwarded back to the Commission to review.  A deadline of May 9, 2019 was set to submit any further changes or concerns to the Commission via the Planning Director.

Council 3rd First Reading:  A 3rd first reading of the draft dated May 23, 2019 was heard at a hearing on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.  No comments were received and the Council advanced the draft to the Second Hearing dated June 25, 2019.

Council Second Reading and Vote to ApproveA second public hearing is set for Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

Date Ordinance becomes effective:  21 after the date Council votes to approve the Barre City Unified Development Ordinance

Three public informational community workshops were held over the course of this time, as well as the presentation at the hearing:

Community Workshop No. 1 was held on October 27, 2016 - Presentation

Community Workshop No. 2 was held on May 25, 2017 - Presentation

Community Workshop No. 3 was held on March 22, 2018 - Presentation

Public Hearing to review and vote to forward document on January 23, 2019 - PC Hearing Presentation

A TABLE was created to show the proposed zoning districts with quick-facts as well.

For any further information or questions about the draft Unified Development Ordinance, call or email Janet Shatney, Planning Director, at (802) 477-1465;