Zoning & Subdivision Updates
Planning Commission Hearings on Zoning Bylaws
At its February 9th meeting the Shelburne Planning Commission held a public hearing to receive comment on a series of possible zoning bylaw amendments. If approved, the amendments would modify the Town's land use regulations in several aspects. The offered changes may be summarized as:
a.) a proposal to clarify sidewalk and path construction requirements,
b.) a proposal to expand requirements governing trailers and storage of waste,
c.) a proposal to modify regulations governing sign lighting,
d.) a proposal to establish requirements for setbacks from private rights-of-way, and
e.) a proposal to modify excavation and fill requirements. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Planning Commission voted to forward the package of proposed changes to the Shelburne Selectboard for its consideration. In addition, Commissioners reapproved the "zoning change report" that was prepared as required by statute.
The text of the proposal and the associated Zoning Change Report, can be viewed / downloaded using the links on the right side of this page.
Selectboard Hearings on Zoning Bylaws--Anticipated
A formatted package of proposed changes approved by the Planning Commission have been forwarded to the Town Manager’s office and will be delivered to the Selectboard at or before the Selectboard’s meeting on February 28. Upon receipt, the Selectboard is expected to warn a public hearing that will commence in late March or early April.
Selectboard Hearings on Zoning Bylaws—Summary of Recent Hearing
At their meeting on December 20th, 2016, the Selectboard received and acted upon a separate set of bylaw changes. The proposal was drafted to modify the Town's land use regulations by adding language intended to mitigate the adverse secondary impacts associated with adult entertainment facilities while not unduly limiting freedom of speech and expression. The Selectboard voted to approve the changes, having found that:
The Town has obtained and reviewed a range of documents (land use reports, crime impact reports, judicial opinions, expert reports, etc.) providing evidence of the secondary effects of adult entertainment land uses;
The Town reasonably believes these documents to be relevant to characterizing the secondary impacts of adult entertainment uses if such uses were located in Shelburne;
Adult entertainment land uses, as a category of commercial uses, are associated with a wide variety of adverse secondary effects including but not limited to negative impacts on surrounding properties, personal and property crimes, public safety risks, confrontations, lewdness, public indecency, illicit sexual activity and potent spread of disease, illicit drug use and trafficking, litter, aesthetic impacts, traffic, noise, and blight; and further alcohol consumption impairs judgement and lowers inhibitions, thereby increasing the risk of adverse secondary effects; and The aforementioned negative effects, as documented in available literature and evidence, justify restrictions on the locations of adult entertainment establishments and application of relevant review criteria.
The became effective 21 days following action of the Board and is now part of the zoning bylaw. The text of the proposal considered and approved by the Selectboard is posted here.