Zoning & Subdivision Updates
Planning Commission Hearings on Zoning Bylaws
On Thursday, October 25th, the Shelburne Planning Commission held a public hearing on a proposed amendment of Shelburne’s Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the amendments would modify lot size and density requirements for certain subdivisions in the Rural District and in addition modify certain Residential Planned Development (PUD) requirements. Following closure of the hearing, the Planning Commission voted to advance the proposal by forwarding it to the Selectboard. The Selectboard formally received the proposal on November 27 and scheduled a public hearing on the proposal. The public hearing will take place on Tuesday, February, 12, 2019. Please find a copy of the proposal and associated bylaw change report in the “Proposed Zoning Changes- Related Documents” section of this web page.
Nonconforming Structure Proposal
At its December 13 meeting, and at meetings prior, the Planning Commission discussed a separate amendment to the Town’s zoning bylaws. At the conclusion of its discussion, the Planning Commission voted to warn a Public Hearing on these other possible changes and to conduct that hearing on Thursday, January 10, 2019. In addition, Staff was directed to distribute the proposed amendment and a “zoning change report” as required by statute. The Planning Commission proposal would modify the Zoning bylaws to allow, as nonconformities subject to conditional use review, limited expansion of structures encroaching on front yard and side yard setbacks in the Rural Zoning District. More specifically, the proposal would allow expansion (up to 25 percent of existing building footprint) “within a required side yard setback so long as the expansion or extension does not extend any closer to the side boundaries than the existing structure.” The proposal also removes reference to a parcel’s frontage on a public highway, as not all parcels in the district have frontage on a public highway but do have a front yard and thus applicable front yard setback. Please find a copy of the proposal and associated bylaw change report in the “Proposed Zoning Changes- Related Documents” section of this web page.