At this Monday's meeting of the Bennington City Council, we will discuss changes to the city's Future Land Use map. The map shows where we would like to see new housing and what kind – high density or low – and where we'd like to see business development and what kind – offices, industrial, or retail.
More than anything, the map is how we communicate to developers our vision for the city, and what kind of projects are most likely to meet with our approval. It's a bird's-eye view of the city's future landscape.
To see a current version of the map, go to page 139 of Bennington's Comprehensive Plan. On Monday the Council will hear about proposed changes to the vision for commercial developments south of the city. It's also a good time to hear about your vision for Bennington's future. Please tell me what you think.
In other business this Monday:
- After the resignation of Council Member Chris Foltz, who moved outside of the city limits, the mayor will present his nomination for a new Ward 1 representative. (Each of Bennington's two wards has two members.) He plans to nominate longtime Bennington resident Jody Stier, who will bring a wealth of business experience to the Council.
- We'll get an update from Tim Clark on preparations for Bennington Daze 2019, coming up June 8-9.
- The Ridgewood sidewalk connector project will continue to move forward as we vote on a bid for the work, keeping us on pace to complete the project this summer.
- We'll discuss moving forward on a new parking lot located just west of the baseball fields.
Please note: This Monday's meeting begins at 6 p.m. – not the usual time of 6:30 – in the city office building. Read the full agenda here. If you have questions or ideas about any of the topics above, please let me know.