Infrastructure Standards Committee


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Milton Infrastructure Standards Project

The Infrastructure Standards Project aims to cure inconsistencies among Milton's land development ordinances, such as: the Public Works Specifications, the Zoning Regulations and the Subdivision Regulations by establishing coordinated, clear, and context-specific standards for future transportation infrastructure (streets, sidewalks, bike lanes, recreation paths) to ensure that new infrastructure:

  • Is economically scaled and built according to its use and context;
  • Calms traffic by aligning design with intended speed limits and modes;
  • Expands transportation choice;
  • Protects water quality; and
  • Mitigates stormwater permitting and permit compliance costs.

You can reach out to committee members at meetings or by contacting the Planning Department at 802.893.1186 or 43 Bombardier Road, Milton VT 05468.  Staff can include written submissions in committee meeting packets.

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Project Introduction

Incremental amendments have, over time, made Milton's Zoning Regulations, Subdivision Regulations and Public Works Specifications inconsistent with each other -- and unable to deliver on the goals of the Comprehensive Plan.  The current standards are sometimes difficult for staff, developers and designers to interpret and apply.  This confusion results in conflict, inconsistent application of the rules and discordant outcomes. 

Milton's Town Plan prioritizes compact, connected and walkable urban development in its "Town Core" surrounded by low-impact development in rural areas.  Today's infrastructure standards tend to favor a one-size-fits-all approach for MIlton.  This sometimes results in infrastructure that can be out of scale with its setting. The status quo is a regulatory program that diminishes the confidence of both participants and observers.

To address this situation, the Selectboard, in October 2016, authorized the submission of a Municipal Planning Grant application to fund a solution.  Milton was awarded the grant, receiving half of the eligible funding for Chittenden County.  The Board began project implementation in March 2017 by authorizing the issuance of a Request for Qualifications from consultants and the creation of a temporary Infrastructure Standards Committee to steer the project. The work is underway with consultanting services provided by PlaceSense and VHB.

Project Goals & Objectives

The project aims to cure inconsistencies among Milton's land development ordinances, such as: the Public Works Specifications, the Zoning Regulations and the Subdivision Regulations -- and with the Town Plan -- by establishing coordinated, clear, and context-specific standards for private and public transportation infrastructure to ensure that new infrastructure:
- Is economically scaled and built according to its use and context;
- Calms traffic by aligning design with intended speed limits and modes;
- Expands transportation choice;
- Protects water quality; and
- Mitigates stormwater permitting and permit compliance costs.

To acheive these goals, the project will:
- Create clear standards and processes that can be consistently and efficiently administered;
- Develop hierarchical development standards and design specifications for: streets and roads; sidewalks, pathways and trails; driveways and highway accesess;internal circulation and parking; streetscape features (such as signage, lighting and plantings); and related low-impact development/green stormwater infrastructure.

The standards developed must factor in the infrastructure's:
- Land use/zoning context (village/downtown/transitional/suburban/rural);
- Traffic volume/congestion/safety; and
- Modality: transit, vehicular, bike, pedestrian.

Project Deliverable

The project will result in hearing-ready amendments to the applicable land development ordinances.  The amendments must undergo hearings by the Planning Commission and Selectboard prior to adoption.  These are planned for summer 2018.

Project Work Plan & Upcoming Events

Consultant Selection | Town Staff & Committee
Review Project Plan & Develop Summary Findings of Issues and Opportunities | Town Staff & Committee
Review Summary Findings | Committee & Consultant
Technical Review and Survey Preparation | Consultant
Survey Ranking of Preferred Alternatives | Consultant, Committee & Public
Open House on Rankings | Consultant, Committee & Public
Committee Finalizes Preferred Alternatives | Consultant & Committee
Consultant Drafts Amendments | Consultant
Committee Reviews Amendments | Consultant & Committee
Committee Hosts Public Forum | Consultant & Committee
Committee Reviews & Consultant Finalizes Draft Amendments | Committee & Consultant

Committee Members

The Committee has been constituted and appointed by the Selectboard.  The members include representatives from several boards and commissions:

  • Selectboard, Chris Taylor
  • Planning Commission, Tony Micklus
  • Development Review Board, Bob Brisson
  • Conservation Commission, Judy Kinner
  • School Board, Rae Couillard
  • Recreation Commission, John Lindsay
  • Economic Development Commission, Lou Mossey III


The Committee meets monthly, June 2017 through January 2018. Regular meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Municipal Building Community Room.

Public Outreach & Advisory Support

Public outreach is an important part of this project. In addition to committee facilitation, the consultant will develop an online survey and host an open house (inviting public rankings of preferred alternatives) and host a public forum on the final report. The consultant will collaborate with staff to coordinate outreach content, such as periodic e-mail updates to interested parties, project webpage updates, press releases at project milestones, and periodic updates through existing Town communication channels: social media, newsletters, message boards, etc.

The Committee will also receive support and actively solicit advice from Town staff in charge of administering the ordinances.

Project Press

April 2017 | Ad Hoc Group Will Identify Inconsistencies in the Regs | Milton Independent

Contract Documents

Request for Qualifications

Project Support Materials

More Links Coming Soon

Local Regulations
Unified Development Regulations
Planning & Zoning Application Forms
Milton Public Works Specifications (2010), Highway Access Permit
Milton Street Naming, Addressing, and Street Signs Ordinance (2013)
Milton Motor Vehicle and Traffic Regulation Ordinance (2011)
Milton Water and Wastewater Ordinances (2008) | Water Service Area Map | Wastewater Service Area Map | Allocation FormFee Schedule
Milton Illicit Discharge and Stormwater Connection Ordinance (2007)
Milton Landscape Bonds Policy (1998)
Milton Gross Weight Limits on Town Streets, Highways and Bridges (2005), Excess Weight Permit
Milton Snowmobile Ordinance (1993)

Plans and Studies
Town of Milton Comprehensive Plan (2013)
Regional ECOS Plan (2013)
Milton Town Core Transportation Plan (2008)
Route 7 Land Use and Transportation Study (2008)
Milton Town Core Master Plan (2000)
Milton Long Range Access and Mobility Committee Final Report (2001)
Milton Sidewalk Replacement and Maintenance Program (2007)
Town Core Streetscape and Accessibility Design Study (2007)
Milton Winter Operations Plan (2014)
The US Route 7 Corridor Study & Health Impact Assessment (2015)
Milton Alternative Transportation Master Plan (2002)
Northern Lake Champlain Basin Management Plan (2015)
Lamoille River Tactical Basin Management Plan (2016 draft)
Region’s Active Transportation Plan (2017)
Milton Urban Community Forestry Inventory and Urban Tree Planting Guide & Street Tree Manual (2015)
Railroad Street Rail Crossing Study (2016)
Bike/Pedestrian Scoping Study (2015)
US Route 7/Middle/Railroad Intersection Scoping Study (2013)
Pavement Management Study (2007)
High School Access at Rebecca Lander Scoping Study (2004)
Regional Bicycle Network Map (2015)
Available Traffic Studies and Count Data

Guidance Reports and State Standards
SmartCode Manual
United States Postal Service Mailbox Guidelines
VTRANS Class 1 Town Highways: Costs and Issues for Vermont Communities Considering Reclassification of State Highways (2016)
VTRANS Report on Shared-use Path and Sidewalk Unit Costs (2010)
VTRANS Access Management Program Guidelines (2005)
VTRANS Complete Streets Guidance Document (2012)
VTRANS Corridor Management Handbook (2005)
VTRANS Orange Book for Local Officials (2016)
Chittenden County’s Bicycle Design Facility Toolkit (2015)
USDA Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook (2007)
Revised Vermont Stormwater Management Manual (2016)
Vermont’s Model Stormwater Management Bylaw, VLCT (2015)