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Affordable housing to be focus of next planning workshop in Chester

Affordable housing to be focus of next planning workshop in Chester

© 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Housing will be the focus of the Chester Planning Commission’s second of four workshops on Monday August 15th, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. featuring a presentation by the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust. With the State of Vermont, including the town of Chester, currently experiencing a shortage of affordable housing, these […]

Chester planners wrestle with scope of short-term rental ordinance

Chester planners wrestle with scope of short-term rental ordinance

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC While the main event was a warned public hearing for an amendment to the town’s Unified Development Bylaws — which includes its zoning regulations — Monday night’s Chester Planning Commission meeting spent far more time and energy on the undercard — a discussion of the latest draft […]

Chester planning panel to hold public hearing on zoning change

Chester planning panel to hold public hearing on zoning change

© 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Planning Commission will hold a public hearing concerning a proposed amendment to the town’s Unified Development Bylaws (which includes zoning regulations) at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1  at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. The amendment concerns legacy uses and adaptive reuses and the change would affect every […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for June 20, 2022

Chester Planning Commission agenda for June 20, 2022

The Chester Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday June 20, 2022 at Town Hall and via Zoom. To join the meeting go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359 Below is the commission’s agenda 1. Changes to the Agenda 2. Review & Approve minutes from the June 6 2022 meeting 3. Citizen Comments 4. […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Feb. 21, 2022

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Feb. 21, 2022

The Chester Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. and via Zoom, at 6:30 p.m. on Monday Feb. 21, 2022. To join the meeting go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359 1. Review minutes from the February 7, 2022 meeting. 2. Citizen comments. 3. Review proposed Village Green Zoning District bylaw amendment text […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Sept. 6

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Sept. 6

The Chester Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday Sept. 6 at the Chester Town Hall and via Zoom.  To attend via Zoom go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359 1. Review the minutes from the August 16, 2021 meetings. 2. Citizen comments. 3. Discuss and approve each business-friendly guiding principle in the memo […]

REVISED Chester Planning Commission agenda for July 19

REVISED Chester Planning Commission agenda for July 19

The Chester Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday July 19 at Town Hall, 556 Elm Street and via Zoom. To join the meeting go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359 Below is the commission’s revised agenda. Changes are in bold. 1. Discuss the ACCD document Enabling Better Places: A Zoning Guide for Vermont […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for June 21, 2021

Chester Planning Commission agenda for June 21, 2021

The Chester Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting in-person at Town Hall, 556 Elm Street and via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on Monday June 21, 2021. To join the meeting go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359 Below is the agenda. 1. Review minutes from June 7, 2021 meeting. 2. Citizen comments. 3. Discuss affordable housing in Chester […]

REVISED Chester Planning Commission agenda for May 17

REVISED Chester Planning Commission agenda for May 17

The Chester Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday May 17, 2021 in person at Town Hall, 556 Elm Street and via Zoom. To attend go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359 Below is the commission’s agenda: 1. Review minutes from May 3, 2021 meeting. 2. Citizen comments. 3. Appoint Tim Roper to conduct […]

Chester Planning Commission takes a step toward consensus

Chester Planning Commission takes a step toward consensus

By Shawn  Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC While it may have been the most constructive meeting of the Chester Planning Commission since Feb. 17, the word “quagmire” best described the Monday night meeting right up to the final minutes when its members — less Barre Pinske who exited abruptly apparently upset at the direction […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for May 3

Chester Planning Commission agenda for May 3

The Chester Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday May 3, 2021 at Chester Town Hall, 556 Elm Street and via Zoom. To join the meeting go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359. Below is the commission’s agenda: 1. Review minutes from March 29, 2021 and April 19, 2021 meetings. 2. Citizen comments. 3. […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for April 19

Chester Planning Commission agenda for April 19

The Chester Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday April 19, 2021 at Town Hall, 556 Elm Street and Via Zoom. To join the meeting go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359 Below is its agenda Review minutes from March 29, 2021 and April 5, 2021 meetings. Citizen comments. Discuss Proposed bylaws with Jason […]

Fractious Chester Planning Commission elects chair on a coin flip

Fractious Chester Planning Commission elects chair on a coin flip

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Planning Commission met on Monday night for the first time since the town’s Select Board removed one member and appointed two more. What that appeared to create was two factions with differing views of zoning and the tie-breaking vote in the hands of a newcomer […]

New dimensions in Chester zoning proposal

New dimensions in Chester zoning proposal

March 17: Huge changes possible in Chester’s proposed new bylaws March 24: Proposed zoning bylaws raise questions of uses, costs By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Allowed uses — such as single family home, restaurant, retail shop or light industry to name just a few —  are not the only way of crafting […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for April 5

Chester Planning Commission agenda for April 5

The Chester Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday April 5 at Town Hall, 556 Elm Street and via Zoom. To attend by Zoom go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359 Below is the commission’s agenda: 1. Re-organizational meeting. 2. Review minutes from March 15, 2021 meeting. 3. Citizen comments. 4. Discuss plans for […]

Proposed zoning bylaws raise questions of uses and costs

Proposed zoning bylaws raise questions of uses and costs

LAST WEEK: Huge changes possible in Chester’s proposed new bylaws NEXT WEEK: Subdivision, lot sizes, setbacks, frontage and the “building envelope” By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Nothing characterizes the differences between the Unified Development Bylaws in force today and those being finalized by Chester’s Planning Commission better than their respective zoning maps. […]

Chester board revisits bridge decision, unseats planning panel member

Chester board revisits bridge decision, unseats planning panel member

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC In a busy session on Wednesday night, the Chester Select Board discussed revisiting a decision that could result in the town taking a resident’s property by eminent domain and made appointments which shook up the planning commission and left two vacancies on the development review board. In […]

Huge changes possible in Chester's proposed new bylaws

Huge changes possible in Chester’s proposed new bylaws First in a series: Initial read finds longer, more complex document, inconsistencies

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC On Monday night, the Chester Planning Commission got back to work on its total rewrite of the town’s Unified Development Bylaws with the intention of bringing them to the required public hearings this summer before sending them to the Select Board to consider. But based questions about the […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for March 15

Chester Planning Commission agenda for March 15

The Chester Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting in-person and via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on Monday March 15. The meeting will be held on the second floor of Town Hall, 556 Elm Street. To join via zoom, click https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359 Below is its agenda: 1. Citizen comments 2. Review responses to issues listed on […]

Chester Planning Comm. agenda for March 1

Chester Planning Comm. agenda for March 1

The Chester Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting via Zoom at 5 p.m. on Monday March 1. To join the meeting go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359. Below is its agenda. 1. Citizen comments 2. Discuss letter to Select Board about Peter Hudkins presentation at the February 17, 2021 Select Board meeting. 3. Discuss agenda and set […]