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.")
Public Hearing on New Town Plan
On Thursday, November 15, 2018 the Shelburne Planning Commission held a public hearing on the proposed 2019 Shelburne Comprehensive Plan. The result of the hearing was approval of a motion to forward the proposed Plan - with certain revision - to the Selectboard for "its consideration and action." The materials forwarded to the Selectboard, which includes appendices, may be viewed using the links on the right side of this web page.
The Planning Commission has prepared the proposed 2019 Shelburne Comprehensive Plan in anticipation of the expiration of the Plan adopted by the Town in February of 2014 and amended in 2016. Although substantive in nature, the changes to policy and narrative language embedded in the 2019 Plan are not considered dramatic by the Planning Commission. Rather, the most dramatic change to the Plan is its design and presentation. Also, it should be noted that modification of the Plan’s “Composite Future Land Use Map,” as proposed, is largely intended to clarify and reinforce existing policies relating to the protection of natural resources and multimodal transportation.
Selectboard Hearing on New Town Plan
The Shelburne Selectboard formally received the Planning Commission’s proposed 2019 Plan at a meeting held November 27, 2018. The Selectboard will vote to conduct the first of at least two public hearings on the proposed Plan on January 22, 2019. The subject of the hearing is to be the version of the document available using the link on the right said of this web page. The Selectboard also voted to conduct a second public hearing on the Plan on February 12, 2019.
For More Information
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.