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facilities, residential, retail and a variety of businesses. Multi-family and high density single-family residential are strongly encouraged. Building heights will be greater than other areas of Town, providing they can be blended into the topography, are visually compatible with the area and include architectural features that mitigate the visual impacts. The growth center requires feebased water and sewer services. The growth center is intended to be a walkable area, connected with public transit and bike/pedestrian paths that increase transportation opportunities serving this area. This area is zoned General Development Three (GD3).

understand that land use is regulated by the Town, but almost all development is made by the private sector and driven primarily by markets. Neighborhood Areas provide implementation strategies for future land use planning. The Neighborhood Area Map outlines locations of these areas.

GROWTH CENTER Severance Corners

PLANNING OUR NEIGHBORHOOD AREAS Individual neighborhood areas are assigned land use categories from the above descriptions (see Appendices Map 4). While community members apply both broader (“The Bay,” “The Village,” “The Fort”) and more specific (Broad Lake, Norses Corners, Warners Corners, Chimney Corners, Creek Farm, etc.) designations, it was necessary to create “Neighborhood Areas” for the purpose of the Town Plan. Neighborhood Areas were selected to create adjacent areas that internally relate, from an adjacent land use perspective. Individual Neighborhood Areas are described from multiple perspectives. They vary greatly including historical land use based on geographic and water features, development density (which significantly impacts the amount of infrastructure) and proximity to stores, transportation, cultural and natural resources. Private sector infrastructure includes electric, land and wireless phone, cable and natural gas. Government fee-based infrastructure includes water and sewer. Areas are described in terms of characteristics and opportunities. The reader should

Severance Corners is located at the center of our town, at the intersection of Roosevelt Highway and Blakely/Severance Roads. As the Town’s designated growth center, Severance Corners is the focal point for the community’s growth during the term of this plan and the long term. The area is served by both municipal fee-based water and feebased sewer. Properties outside the growth center are low and rural density zoning districts. The Town adopted General Development Three, form-based zoning for this area, to promote a dense, mixed-use village type development pattern suited for its planned growth center future land use designation. The area is intended to contain pedestrian amenities and connectivity, community space, and access to public transportation.

The Town obtained State designations for Severance Corners as a New Town Center in 2007 and a Growth Center in 2009. Benefits of such designation include exemption from Act 250 and prime agricultural soil mitigation rights, which makes it advantageous to develop within growth centers. The growth center designation has been beneficial to realizing plans for Severance Corners and renewal of the designations will be pursued again after the adoption of this plan. Development for this area should strive for a balance of residential and commercial uses, respecting markets which ultimately determine

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