7.0 Environment Policies & Action Items
Policy E-1: Preservation & Environment
Support the preservation and enhancement of the natural environment, along with its scenic and cultural assets.
Action E-1.2: Environmental Features Map
Maintain GIS “Environmental Features” map, including significant water features, wetlands, steep slopes, habitats and tree strands.
Action E-1.3: Historic, Scenic & Cultural Resources Map
Maintain GIS “Historic Properties, Scenic and Cultural Resources” map, including historic designations, scenic vistas and significant places.
Policy E-2: Location of New Development
Avoid locating new development in areas of significant environmental, scenic or cultural resources.
Policy E-3: Environmental Regulations
Support and enhance environmental regulations pertaining to tree preservation, buffer yards, open space, water quality, wetland and stream protection.
Modify Regulations to Enhance Environmental Protection Review existing environmental protection regulations to determine what, if any, modifications are required to maintain or enhance current levels of protection.
Policy E-4: Reduce Outdoor Lighting
Support reduction in outdoor lighting to lowest possible levels to maintain public safety, while limiting glare, habitat impacts and loss of privacy.
Action E-4.1: Revise Lighting Ordinance
Review lighting ordinances in effect in other communities to determine if adjustments to current Ordinance are necessary and determine if pre-existing non-conforming lights should be brought-up to current standards when expansions exceed a certain size.
Policy E-5: Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT)
Support reduction in vehicle miles travelled (VMT), through capital investments in sidewalks, greenways, enhanced connectivity and mass transit (bus and rail).
Reduce VMT through Capital Infrastructure Projects Support funding capital infrastructure projects which will reduce VMT.
Alternative Energy Support for “Alternative Energy,” including wind, solar, and other viable options.
Policy E-7: Sustainability
Support land use and transportation policies which are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.
LEED Building Design and LEED Neighborhood Development Support policies that promote LEED Building Design and LEED-Neighborhood Development.
Action E-8.1: LEED Public Buildings
Require minimum LEED standards to be met for all public buildings built in Town.