Zoning & Subdivision Updates
Planning Commission holds hearing on Subdivision Bylaw Amendment and forwards proposed changes to Selectboard
At its November 14 meeting, the Planning Commission discussed possible bylaw modifications that would modify three definitions contained in Article II (Definitions) of the bylaw: “Subdivision,” “Minor Subdivision,” and “Major Subdivision.” At the conclusion of its discussion, the Planning Commission voted to warn a formal Public Hearing on the proposed changes and to conduct that hearing on Thursday, January 9, 2020. Staff was also directed to distribute the text of the proposed changes along with the bylaw change report as required by statute. The hearing was then conducted on January 9, 2020, as planned. After the hearing was closed, the Commission voted (unanimously) to forward the proposal to the Selectboard.
Under the proposal, the definition of “Subdivision” would be changed to correct section references and, further, to limit subdivision review over other types of development when those developments are subjected to review under the Town’s “Form Based Zoning” requirements. The definitions of “Minor Subdivision” and “Major Subdivision” would also be changed to correct section references. In the case of the definition of “Major Subdivision,” it would also be changed to limit subdivision review over other types of development when those developments are subjected to review under the Town’s “Form Based Zoning” requirements.
Links to copies of the proposal and the Bylaw change report are located in the Related Documents section of this web page.
Planning Commission holds hearing on Form Based Zoning Amendment, Design Review Process; votes to forward changes to Selectboard
For the last several months, the Planning Commission has been discussing a proposal to amend the “Form Based Zoning” section of the Town’s zoning bylaws. The Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on the proposal on Thursday, November 14, 2019. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Planning Commission voted to forward the proposal to the Selectboard for its consideration.
The Planning Commission proposal would modify the regulations by updating and reformatting –including renumbering— the “Form Based” zoning frame work adopted by the Selectboard. Form Based Zoning (FBZ) was enacted to provide an alternative to the existing, traditional “Euclidian” zoning framework. Changes within the proposal would modify the following: Regulating Plan; Building Form & Lot Development Standards; Public Realm Standards; Parking; Landscaping, Screening and Lighting Standards; Sustainable Design; Signage Standards; Previously Developed Sites; and Definitions.
The hearing on November 14, 2019 also included consideration of a second amendment proposal. The second proposal would modify the regulations by simplifying the application and review procedure for certain minor projects proposed within the Historic Preservation and Design Review Overlay. The HPDRC would continue to review all applications, as it does currently. However, Design Review Board review would be avoided in cases where a proposal is not also subject to some other review process such as Conditional Use Review, Site Plan Review, or Subdivision Review. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Planning Commission also voted to forward the Design Review Overlay proposal to the Selectboard for its consideration.
Selectboard receives Zoning proposals and votes to hold hearing
The Shelburne Selectboard formally received the two Planning Commission proposals (to amend the Form Based Zoning section of the regulation and to simplify the application and review procedure for certain minor projects proposed within the Historic Preservation and Design Review Overlay) on November 26th. The Selectboard also voted to conduct a public hearing on the proposals. The hearing will take place on February 11, 2020. On January 7, 2020, the Selectboard corrected a minor mapping error in the hearing draft. The corrected version was posted to conform with statutory notice requirements.
For More Information
You will find a copy of the proposals and associated bylaw change reports in the “Related Documents” section of this web page. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Planning and Zoning office.