continued Malaney and Saxton agree the proposed revised zoning plan will have little affect on most people.
“There are no radical changes in the existing zoning law,” Malaney said. “It creates a blueprint for sensible, future growth.”
“While it is a complete overhaul of the current zoning, most homeowners — except perhaps those on the lakeshore and maybe some in the village area — are unlikely to notice any difference,” Saxton said.
Matt Fuller, town attorney, said the proposed law, if adopted, will have no impact on existing structures. They will be grandfathered under the new law.
The proposed zoning changes focus on three keys areas, according to Saxton — commercial property, downtown and lakefront properties.
“In commercial areas, standards are being proposed intended to result in higher quality, better designed commercial development with design guidelines for large buildings, landscaping, signs, lighting, etc.,” the planner said.
“In downtown, standards are being proposed to ensure than new development is compatible with traditional downtown character,” Saxton continued.
“Around the lakeshore, there will still be a high level of review of all development and substantial limitations on new development and expansions,” she said. “This largely puts into writing what the planning board has been doing for years, but which was not as clearly authorized by the current law as it should be.”
The proposed changes will have little impact on the vast majority of Ti residents, she stressed.
“While the draft law may look daunting, a lot of it only applies to large projects and very little actually applies to individual homeowners,” Saxton said. “The committee tried hard to set up a two-tier system throughout the regulations in recognition that they did not want to over-regulate small businesses and projects, but that they did want to be sure the town had all the tools it needed to deal with large businesses and projects.