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creation of a multi-use path to utilize the Park-and-Ride lot present in Colchester at Exit 17. The Exit 17 neighborhood planning area within Colchester is classified as Village Mixed Use although it will need additional infrastructure to support its development, which provides for a range of uses including light industrial and residential. In this manner, the proposed uses in Colchester and Milton are in keeping with one another. The current zoning employed at Exit 17, will be re-examined during the duration of this plan; however, currently includes design review elements that also seek to ensure high quality designs and site development within this area.

within Colchester, but predominantly consists of Agricultural/ Rural Residential Future Land Use areas. The Northeast Quadrant of Colchester borders Milton from the Westford line to the Exit 17 vicinity. This quadrant is designated as Rural. “Agricultural uses and low density residential uses are compatible land uses within these areas that often include significant natural resources, prime agricultural soils, and other characteristics that generally make these areas unsuitable for development.” The 2018 Comprehensive Plan for the Town of Milton designates the adjacent land in Milton as Agricultural/ Rural Residential and Flood Hazard. These areas are described in the East Milton and Cobble Hill Planning Areas. The Cobble Hill Planning Area “encourages a diversity of agricultural uses” and “encourages low density well-planned residential development which enhances the character of the area” as detailed on page 124 of the plan. The East

Milton area also states the same intended goals on page 131 of the plan, while also mentioning the possibility of creating recreational facilities. Colchester’s Rural Future Land Use designation is compatible with the proposed future land use areas of Milton within this vicinity. The Exit 17 vicinity of Colchester is designated as Village Mixed Use in Colchester’s Future Land Use plans. The future land use areas in Milton, which abut the Village Mixed Use area, include General Industrial and Low Density Residential. These areas are detailed in the Catamount Planning Area on pages 123-124 of Milton’s Plan. The goals for this area are to: “encourage high quality industrial development in a subregional growth center, which will provide greater employment opportunities and broaden tax base” and to “ensure an aesthetically pleasing approach into Milton.” The Milton Plan continues to state that they plan to explore the

West of Interstate 89 to the Lamoille River, the lands bordering Milton are designated as Rural and Suburban Residential within Colchester’s Future Land Use plans. These areas abut future land use areas that the Town of Milton designates as Agricultural/ Rural Residential and Flood Hazard within the Lamoille Planning Area. This area “encourages innovative neighborhood planning concepts” including “medium and low density planned residential developments” as detailed on page 129 of Milton’s plan. This is in keeping with Colchester’s intended low-residential densities of the Rural Future Land Use area and the medium-residential densities of the Suburban Residential Area. Along the Lamoille River, Colchester has designated the area abutting Milton as Rural. These areas are designated as Agricultural/ Rural Residential and Flood Hazard in Milton and are located within the West Milton Planning Area. The goals for this area in Milton “encourages a diversity of agricultural uses” and “encourages low-density well-planned residential development which enhances the character of the area” as detailed on pages 129-130 of Milton’s plan.

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Town of Colchester's 2019 Town Plan  

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