St Albans wins growth center approval

first_imgThe City of St. Albans now has a state-designated Growth Center, a move that will help streamline permitting for future development and pave the way for additional benefits to support development in the town.The Vermont Downtown Development Board approved the city’s Growth Center plan at its meeting on Tuesday, setting the boundaries of the district roughly the same as the city limits.“Growth Center designation is a very important step for St. Albans,” said Kevin Dorn, Secretary of Commerce and Community Development and chairman of Vermont Downtown Development Board. “While the city might seem pretty well built out, there is in fact a lot of development opportunity on brownfield sites, infill, and underdeveloped sites.”St. Albans becomes the sixth municipality to obtain growth center and joins Williston, Bennington, Colchester, Montpelier and Hartford.“The City has recently completed a Master Plan for Downtown Development that identified ten key redevelopment sites in the City,” said Dominic Cloud, City Manager.  “This new designation is an important tool in our conversations with developers.”Growth Centers were signed into law by Governor Jim Douglas in 2006 to encourage communities to plan for denser and mixed use development in appropriate areas. Designated communities receive benefits under Act 250, including development in the growth center given greater options to comply with requirements to mitigate the impact on prime agricultural soils and some projects possibly being exempted from review.Municipalities with a designated Growth Center may also more easily meet the requirements for a Tax Increment Financing District, which allow the town to keep some of the additional property tax revenues generated by development instead of sending them all to the state, a program designed to support investment in water, wastewater and transportation infrastructure.To gain this designation St. Albans had to demonstrate to the Downtown Board that it had undertaken a rigorous planning process that ensured state standards would be met, including:That it meets the statutory definition of a Growth Center, as demonstrated in the Town Plan and is implemented in the Town’s bylaws;  That the Town has or has planned for the roads, water and wastewater systems, and other infrastructure necessary to support the planned growth;That the Growth Center be adjacent to and support an existing Designated Downtown or Village Center;That the Growth Center be compact, dense and protect natural and historic resources both within and outside the growth center;That it be designed to accommodate a majority of growth anticipated by the municipality over the next twenty years; and include a mix of uses, including affordable housing.For more information about the Growth Centers Program, please visit: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/Planning/GrowthCenters.htm(link is external)Source: Commerce Agency. 7.30.2010last_img read more

Juventus confirm Dybala tests negative for coronavirus

first_imgThe Argentine striker was initially diagnosed with Covid-19 in March but has now recovered from the virus Many people talked in the past weeks … but I can finally confirm that I am healed. Thank you once again for your support and my thoughts on all who are still suffering from it. Take care! ♥️— Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) May 6, 2020Dybala will now be able to resume working out individually at Juve’s training facility, with Serie A players having been given permission from the government to resume training this week.Players will have to work out individually at their team facilities, with group training on course to begin on May 17 as the Italian top-flight looks to return after being suspended since March.Last week, all 20 clubs in the Italian Serie A voted to resume the 2019-20 season whenever possible, with the league eyeing a return to the pitch in June.Serie A will look to follow in the footsteps of the Bundesliga, which announced on Wednesday that it had received government approval to resume its season before the end of May.Dybala has spoken about how difficult his break from football has been, saying that he hoped to be back on the pitch as soon as possible.“To tell you the truth, I never thought I was going to miss playing and training that much,” Dybala said during an Instagram Live interview this week.“I feel like I need to train, see my team-mates and friends and at least touch the ball because training at home isn’t the same on my own.” Dybala has previously tested positive for Covid-19, joining Juve team-mates Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi in contracting the virus in March.Reports had stated that the Argentine had still tested positive as recently as last week, but Juventus have now announced that Dybala is free of the virus.“Paulo Dybala performed, as per protocol, a double-check with diagnostic tests (swabs) for Coronavirus-COVID 19, which came back with negative results,” Juve said in a statement on Wednesday.“The player has, therefore, recovered and will no longer be subjected to the home isolation regime.”Dybala posted a celebratory picture on Instagram with the caption: “My face says it all, I’m finally cured of Covid-19.” Juventus have confirmed that striker Paulo Dybala has tested negative for the coronavirus. Source: Goal.comlast_img read more