The Shelburne Planning Commission is working on a comprehensive revision to the town’s Zoning Bylaw and Subdivision Regulations. This effort is intended to implement the policies of the Shelburne Town Plan, align the town’s land use regulations with recent changes to state statute and improve the town’s ability to efficiently administer its regulations.
The project begins with understanding the policy recommendations of the Town Plan and the statutory requirements that govern municipal land use regulation in Vermont. A plan for engaging the community in the revision project will be developed. At the conclusion of this phase, the Planning Commission will have an overall outline and approach for undertaking the revision project.
Robust public engagement will be encouraged throughout the project. All meetings of the Shelburne Planning Commission and other town committees that may be involved in the project will be noticed and open to all with opportunity for public comment as required under Vermont law. Meeting agendas, packets, minutes and video (when available) for Planning Commission and other town committees are available from the Agenda Center on Town of Shelburne website.
Project-specific materials and information will be posted on this website as well. Periodic updates on the project will be sent to everyone who signs up for the mailing list (see form at top of page). At particular points during the project, there will be more structured meetings for the purpose of inviting public feedback on the proposed regulations.
The proposed regulations will be written, discussed and revised chapter-by-chapter. Some elements of the proposed regulations will be set by state statute and other elements may be retained from the adopted regulations. The Planning Commission will be focusing primarily on those elements identified in the regulatory audit where changes are needed to effectively implement the policies of the town plan.
The process for adopting land use regulations involves public hearings by both the Planning Commission and Selectboard. The Planning Commission is responsible for developing proposed regulations. However, it is the Selectboard that has the authority to adopt those regulations. The adoption process municipalities must follow is laid out in 24 V.S.A. § 4441, 24 V.S.A. § 4442 and 24 V.S.A. § 4444.
This project is funded in part through a Bylaw Modernization Grant awarded to the Town of Shelburne from the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development.