Town Plan (Comprehensive) Updates
State law requires that Shelburne's Plan be updated or replaced with a new Plan no later than February of 2019. (Note: In the future, Shelburne's Plan will be valid for 8 years, not 5 years, which is the "lifespan" of the current document.) The basic contents of the Comprehensive Plan are determined by state law. The Plan must contain several different "elements" or sections (although these elements may be combined or arranged according to the Town's preferences. And should the town wish for the Plan to provide certain benefits, the Plan must also address a series of statewide planning goals.
At its core, the Comprehensive Plan answers important questions like "How should Shelburne grow"? (Using both text and maps, the Comprehensive Plan establishes municipal policies "to guide the future growth and development of the land, public services, facilities, and to protect the environment.")
Since February 2017 the Planning Commission has been working hard to update the town's Comprehensive Plan. Commissioners released a draft of the new Plan on July 30th and are now inviting local residents, business owners, and others to provide their opinions at two scheduled public comment sessions.
The first comment session will take place on Thursday, August 9, 2018 between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and again between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The second session will take place during the same hours on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Both sessions will take place at the Shelburne Town Offices located at 5420 Shelburne Road, and light refreshments will be served.
Topics highlighted at the first session will include the following:
- Overall Vision for the Town
- Future land use and development patterns
- Natural Resources
- Recreation and Childcare
Topics highlighted at the second session will include the following:
- Historic and cultural resources
- Public Facilities
- Energy and Telecommunications
Questions about the Comprehensive Plan and/or the comment sessions should be directed to the Planning and Zoning Department. Feel free to contact Dean Pierce at 802-264-5033 or by email.