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Newport City First in Vermont to Incorporate Form-Based Code

This past Tuesday, the Newport City Planning Commission approved a manual of form-based code for downtown Newport City thanks to the efforts of citizen volunteers. By incorporating form-based code, the city hopes to reap economic benefits including reduced permit fees, streamlined permit process, developer friendly process, and enhanced value of renovated historic buildings by including allowance of mixed use in those buildings.

“With form-based code in place developers, including Bill Stenger and Tony Pomerleau and other interested parties, will be eager to get their projects started in downtown Newport. And because success breeds success, these new developments will interest more investors to invest in downtown Newport City,” said Patricia Sears, Executive Director of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation. You can view the form-based code plan on Newport City’s website.