The Town and community of Williston has a longstanding desire to see the Taft Corners area develop into a vibrant, mixed use downtown with a strong pedestrian orientation. The practical application of our current standards (since 2009) has been a challenge and the development during this time has failed to meet community expectations (particularly in regards to building form). This project will result in a draft form-based code that will be integrated into the existing Unified Development Bylaw and other regulatory documents that apply to the Williston Growth Center. A form-based code can help ensure that streets and buildings constructed in the future contribute to diverse, interesting, walkable streetscapes in the Growth Center.
Following extensive public input in March-May 2021, a Vision Plan was created that sets a template for Taft Corners future. Using the community input and Vision Plan, the consultant team prepared a draft "Form-Based Code." Since the Selectboard’s review of the final Vision Plan document and transmittal memo in late July, the Planning Commission has been working to refine that Vision and to develop the Taft Corners Form-Based Code, the “rulebook” for new development in the Taft Corners that will help realize the Community Vision developed by the citizens of Williston back in April and May of 2021. The Commission has finished drafting the Form-Based code and has scheduled its first public hearing for February 1, 2022.
- Town of Williston
- Williston Citizens & Stakeholders
- Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC)
- Geoff Ferrell Associates
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