A Vision for 7

Transforming Development Patterns for a Better Future

Reports Recommend a New Approach to Guiding Development
Shelburne is moving forward with implementation of certain recommendations contained in the Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) report completed in late 2011 and the Shelburne Road Pilot Project (PP) report completed in mid 2012. Both of these documents observe that the portion of Shelburne Road located north of the LaPlatte River could be enhanced through the adoption of a Form Based Zoning or elements thereof. According to the SDAT report, for example a Form base code approach, based on a community plan or vision, could serve to produce better a physical environment in the corridor with each incremental development over time. 

Planning Commission Hearing on Form Based Zoning Scheduled for August 13, 2015
The Planning Commission has warned a public hearing on a set of changes that would create a "Form Based Zoning" overlay district. The hearing is scheduled to begin on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 7 p.m. (or shortly thereafter). The meeting will be held at the Shelburne Town Offices in Meeting Room 1. Technical materials relating to the proposal are available here.  If you wish to shape the development of the Form Based Zoning proposal, you are encouraged to review the material and attend the hearing.

 Background on Form Based Zoning Proposal 
Over the past several years, the town has been exploring ways Form Based zoning might be applied in Shelburne.   Consultants were hired to assist the Town in completing these steps for the section of Shelburne Road north of the LaPlatte River. Funds for the project came from two primary sources, a grant provided by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission and local funds approved by voters as part of the budget process.  
The work of the consultants included conducting interviews with property owners, completing of a 3-4 day public involvement and design exercise (known as Charrette), creating an illustrative Master Plan, and developing form based Code language applicable to the corridor. The consultants hired to assist with the project include Broadreach Planning and Design of Charlottte, Vermont. Howard/Stein Hudson of Boston, Massachusetts, and Dodson and Flinker of Ashfield, Massachusetts.
One of the first activities to be addressed by project organizers was the creation of a Steering Committee. The Steering Committee provided input on charrette preparations, the public preference survey and associated activities. After the charrette the Steering Committee reviewed and discussed the material created  during the charrette and associated activities.

Then, the Planning Commission worked with the consultant team in preparing a regulatory framework. The framework which translates the illustrative plan into specific standards for development in different segments of the Route 7 Corridor. Additionally, the Planning Commission reviewed and finalized drafts of the formbased code, visualizations and other products from the project team and review the results of the public work session with the consultant. 
Contact: Dean Pierce
Ph: 802-264-5033