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Montpelier designated as a state growth center

first_imgThe Vermont Downtown Development Board today announced that the City of Montpelier has been awarded Growth Center Designation. In action taken Monday by the Vermont Downtown Development Board, the designation comes after several months of discussion between Montpelier, the Downtown Board and its advisory group. Growth Centers were enabled by the legislature in 2005 to encourage communities to plan for denser and mixed use development in areas surrounding the state s downtowns and village centers. I am very pleased that Montpelier has received this designation, which will help support the City in its planning efforts, Governor Jim Douglas. This is why I signed the Growth Center bill, to encourage communities to create more compact and dense mixed use development in appropriate areas.Montpelier s Growth Center is located in the area surrounding and including the City s Designated Downtown. Designated Growth Centers have several important benefits that help support increased development. Of particular importance is that housing and mixed use projects that include an affordable housing component may not need Act 250 review. In addition, the City may also more easily meet the requirements for a Tax Increment Financing District, which would allow it to access state funding to support investment in water, wastewater and transportation in the district.To gain this designation the Town had to show the Downtown Board that it had met state standards including:The Growth Center meets the statutory definition, is included in the Town Plan and is implemented in the Town s bylaws;The Town has or has planned for the roads, water and wastewater systems, and other infrastructure necessary to support the planned growth;The Growth Center be adjacent to an existing Designated Downtown or Village Center, and that the Growth Center support such areas;It protect natural and historic resources both within and outside the growth center;It be designed to accommodate a majority of growth anticipated by the municipality over the next twenty years; andIt include a mix of uses, including affordable housing. This is very consistent with the Governor s promotion of growth in these targeted areas, and with the legislature s Growth Center bill passed in 2005, said Kevin Dorn, Chairman of the Downtown Board and Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. At the same time, we will be reducing development pressures on important natural resource lands outside the designated areas.Several other communities are working toward Growth Center Designation, including Hartford and St. Albans City.For more information about the Growth Centers Program, please visit: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/Planning/GrowthCenters.htm(link is external).Source: State of Vermont.last_img read more

Chargers MHC Golf Results

first_imgMHC Tourney @ North Branch par 71.Team results: Southwestern Shelbyville 375; North Decatur 377; Hauser 413; Morristown 427; Edinburgh 451; South Decatur 469.Medalist: Bladen Hancock Edinburgh.North Decatur Collin Bryant: All-conference .North team scores: Collin Bryant 88; Trey Nobbe 94; Brendan Spears 95; Brady Espinda 100; Cejay Parmer 101.Comments: ‘There’s many ways we could go back and find 3 strokes from any of our five players and win but the bottom line is swest shelby was better than us today. Two key places they beat us was they had more para and fewer double bogeys or worse than us. We knew going in we would it be a close contest we just came up short. I’m proud of our players and also of Collin who made all-conference honors as a freshman. We will now get ready foe sectionals.’  Chargers Coach David Espinda.last_img read more

Pongetti adjusts to Syracuse’s style of play, midfield

first_img Published on September 16, 2014 at 12:03 am Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Another year, another campus, another team.Last year, Rebecca Pongetti started her freshman year of college at Louisiana State, starting 11 and playing in 18 of the Tigers’ 20 games. But just a few months before this season began, she transferred to Syracuse, preferring the Orange’s quicker, possession-based style of play.“I got the opportunity with Syracuse and I took it and I didn’t look back,” she said.Pongetti described her start at Syracuse as “frantic.” LSU was something she had planned in advance when she committed in 10th grade. But SU was a little more unexpected.As she switches from what she called LSU’s “kick-and-run” style to the Orange’s more patient, purposeful passing, she’s rotating into more playing time and a new position because of Hanna Strong’s indefinite suspension from the team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The speed of play in the (Atlantic Coast Conference) is a little quicker than it is in the (Southeastern Conference),” head coach Phil Wheddon said. “The SEC is a big, physical game and the ACC is a quicker game.”Pongetti has settled in, but the transition is ongoing. After starting the first three games of the season, Pongetti did not play against Connecticut on Sept. 1 as Wheddon said Strong was better suited for the matchup.But the team will be without Strong indefinitely. She was suspended Sept. 6 after she was recorded using racist and homophobic language. Strong plays holding midfielder, the same position as Pongetti.Strong’s suspension may help Pongetti get more time on the field. Her absence opens a rotational gap at the holding midfielder position in Syracuse’s 3-5-2 formation. Strong played more than 30 minutes in four of Syracuse’s first five games. Now, the Orange will have to find someone else to play those minutes.“(Pongetti) still working on her speed of play, taking a quicker first touch so she can play more quickly,” Wheddon said.She’s also working out of a new position. Pongetti’s played center back since she started playing with the Canadian Youth National Team in her mid-early teens years, but when she arrived at Syracuse, she was shifted to midfield.Switching from center back to the midfield made it clear to Pongetti that her work was cut out for her. She had to build her stamina to physically prepare herself for playing in the midfield and adjusting to the new playing style that came with transfer.“This summer I worked every single day.” Pongetti said. “I ran, I lifted — I did everything I could to be possibly fit for the midfield.”As a freshman at LSU, Pongetti had to prove herself. This year is no different.Maddie Iozzi, a sophomore defender, said that Pongetti has continued to improve since she arrived. Iozzi could see it better than most — the two played together on the Canadian Youth National Team.Said Iozzi: “She was a bit timid at first, but now she’s zipping (passes) in there and she’s gotten a lot better from when she first came.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more