Regulations and Maps
When speaking to a town commission, it is a good idea to
quote the section number and read the text of the relevant regulations. Although
it seems like this should be unnecessary, some commission members can be selective
about which regulations they remember, and they need to be reminded about
what their regulations say. In fact, you may be asked to stop speaking unless
you can show that your testimony is relevant. Knowing the regulations
better than the commission members do is an effective way to avoid this unpleasant
Town of Vernon Zoning Regulations in PDF format
4.23. Planned Mixed Use Development Zone:
4.23.1 The purpose of this district is
to allow orderly development while taking into account the economic development
and fiscal improvement of the community and potential negative impacts
on traffic, conservation, neighboring residential areas and critical natural
resources. [p. 55, Town of Vernon Zoning Regulations.]
4.23.5 The following special permit approval criteria shall be applied to uses in addition to the
requirements of Section 17.3.
188.8.131.52 The applicant must include demonstration of the revenue impact of a
proposal using acceptable cost/revenue analysis techniques, demonstration
of open space conservation and linkage to other open space, demonstration
of traffic impact, demonstration of compatibility of uses within the site and
with neighbors in the district as well as neighbors abutting the district.
184.108.40.206 When the proposal includes a use or a mix of uses, which in sum are net tax
revenue negative to the Town or only marginally net revenue positive, the
commission shall make a finding that other considerations outweigh the
negative fiscal impacts.
220.127.116.11 All developments
shall be required to be compatible with the Vernon Plan of Conservation
and Development and be supportive of the public health,
general welfare and safety of the community, including adequate provision
of public facilities and a minimization [sic] of the number of access points
on existing roads.
Vernon "Inland Wetlands and Water Courses Regulations" in PDF format
4.5.4: In order to grant a permit, with
or without restriction, the Commission must find:
18.104.22.168: That a feasible and prudent alternative does not
22.214.171.124: That no preferable location on the subject
parcel exists, or, in the case of a significant
activity, that no other location would reasonably
be required and
126.96.36.199: That no further technical improvements in the plan
or safeguards for its implementation are possible
or be required and
188.8.131.52: That the public benefit of the proposed activity
justifies any possible degradation of the wetlands
4.5.5: In the event the Commission does not receive sufficient
information to make a decision within the time required
in Section 4.6.1 and 4.6.2, it shall deny the permit. [p. 13, Inland
Wetlands and Water Courses
Regulations of the Town of Vernon.]
Vernon Plan of Conservation & Development
In general, several common themes emerged
at the meetings. These themes included:
- Need to preserve open space for perpetuity in a positive, planned manner with
adequate financial resources devoted to this program. A goal of 20% open space
might be considered.
- Retail development should be limited to prevent Vernon from becoming another
Manchester in the Route 84 corridor or like the Berlin Turnpike along other major
corridors in Town. Attention should be given to how development looks as well
as the measurable reports such as increased traffic.
- Older properties and buildings should be re-utilized rather than developing
vacant land possibly through the use of regulatory incentives.
- Multi-family housing should be limited in the future with an emphasis on single
- The water quality of the Town's lakes and rivers as well as groundwater should
- Several areas which currently give the Town its rural character such as Valley
Falls Road and Park, Belding property, farms, Newhoca Camp, Shenipsit Lake,
Hockanum River, Risley Reservoir and other areas should be protected.
- Rails to Trails concept should be extended.
- There should be a review of how non-residential and residential areas interface
and resulting impacts.
- The Town should be willing to spend money to protect the quality of life.
- The Plan of Conservation and Development should propose specific actions, assign
responsibility for carrying out these actions and monitor progress towards
achievement on a regular basis.
- The issue of blighted buildings in Rockville must be addressed and new businesses
must be attracted to Rockville Center.
- Additional parking is needed to support overall neighborhood revitalization
- Need more attractions for Rockville and continue to work to reverse the negative
perception of the area.