COVID 19 (Coronavirus) Updates

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March 19, 2020 10:15 AM

Planning & Zoning

Please note the Planning & Zoning Department will be closed to the public through April 15th (date subject to change). But the department will continue to operate using a combination of remote staffing.

If you wish to file an application for a permit without first consulting staff, we ask that you do so electronically using forms as PDF attachments to baube@shelburnevt.org or dpierce@shelburnevt.org. Someone from the Department will confirm receipt of the application and describe your payment options.

If you prefer to mail an application, feel free to do so; however, do so with the understanding that processing might take somewhat longer than normal.

Residents or others with questions about any planning or zoning topic are encouraged to email or call. As of March 18th the Town Offices will be closed to public visits.

If you are seeking documentation relating to prior zoning approvals to facilitate a property transaction (e.g., sale or refinancing, etc.) or as part of litigation, we must ask you to follow a procedure similar to that used by applicants for permits. We understand our obligations as custodians of certain public records and fully intend to honor these obligations. Copies will be provided but in some cases or perhaps even most cases not as promptly as we have been able to provide in the past.

Also, consistent with the public meeting moratorium announced on 3/13/20, Town sponsored boards, commissions, and committees with not be meeting for several weeks. As a result, previously announced hearings will not occur when anticipated. We will do our best to determine new dates expeditiously and inform those involved.

The Department--indeed the entire Town Administration--is well aware of the impact meeting delays may have on project development timelines. Like other similar departments and agencies in other places we are exploring options (such as online conferencing) that might allow meetings/hearings to be held consistent with Vermont’s Open Meeting law while also encouraging public participation. We will report our progress as soon possible.

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