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to its Rural, Village, and Suburban Residential areas. In the vicinity of Fort Ethan Allen, Essex has designated the area a combination of Retail Business, Industrial, Open Recreation, and Historic Preservation. Colchester’s designation of this area as Village Mixed-Use includes all of these various uses, from residential to commercial to light industrial. The current zoning for this area, GD2, which is not expected to change during the duration of this plan, includes design control elements for the historic Fort area. During discussions between the Towns’ Planning Commissions, there was generally support for a multi-use path in the Fort between Colchester and Essex. The Parade Grounds, split between the two communities, make up an important recreation area for the vicinity, and should be tied into existing development. Concerns exist regarding the development of vehicular connections within this area. The Town of Colchester will continue to work with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, as

well as the Town of Essex, to address needed improvements to the Route 15 corridor, which bridges this area. During the term of this plan, the Town should continue dialogues with Essex and the CCRPC on improvements to Route 15, as well as stewardship of the Fort Ethan Allen area. The Town of Colchester should continue to work with the Town of Essex, as well as other Circumferential Highway communities to ensure that viable alternatives to the highway are developed and implemented to reduce the unintended consequences of a partially-completed highway that increases traffic volumes on Route 2A, as well as Severance Road and Route 15. It should also be noted that the southernmost area of Essex abutting Colchester is designated as Flood Plain. The abutting area of Colchester is designated as Village Mixed Use. Future plans for Essex also include expanded bike and pedestrian paths and trails along

roads shared with Colchester. Some of these roads include Route 15, Kellogg Road, Colchester Road, the Circumferential Highway, and Lost Nation Road.

SOUTH BURLINGTON The City of South Burlington abuts Colchester along the Fort Ethan Allen neighborhood in the very southeastern tip of Colchester. The Fort neighborhood area is designated as the Future Land Use designation Village Mixed Use. The 2016 South Burlington Comprehensive Plan designated the area abutting Colchester, which South Burlington refers to as the “Northeast Quadrant,” as primarily Mixed Industrial and Commercial. On pages 3-22 of the South Burlington Plan, it states: “Future use of land in developed areas should continue to focus on employers and ancillary services. It should also continue to emphasize uses that are less critical within the core of the City. In addition, future redevelopment should make use of improved transit services.” While the Fort neighborhood includes light Commercial, the area directly abutting South Burlington is predominantly Institutional in character. The natural ravine of the Winooski River, which separates Colchester from South Burlington, the South Burlington side being zoned for open space, provides a significant natural buffer between these somewhat differing land uses.

WINOOSKI The City of Winooski borders Colchester at its southern tip. The 2014 Winooski Municipal Development Plan notes that the majority of the lands bordering Colchester are being designated Residential and Open Space. These lands abut the Suburban Residential area of Malletts Bay Avenue and are compatible uses. Within the Exit 16 area of Colchester, Winooski abuts

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