Selectboard opens dialog with Planning Commission

By Heather McKim

The Shelburne Selectboard spent part of its May 27 meeting talking with the Planning Commission. “The Planning Commission plans,” Commission Chair Kate Lalley said, pausing, “for the short term, and we’re the public board really charged with taking the long view.”

This long view could extend out 50 to 100 years, and it means that the Commission has to weave together many things when making considerations. Telecommunications, growth, and stormwater are three of the biggest topics before the group. Lalley said they are trying to address the telecom issue before it is forced by carriers.

Lalley would like to see a hotel and conference center in town. She pointed to Burlington’s recent addition of Hotel Vermont, noting how many wedding parties from ceremonies at Shelburne Farms stay there.

Economic development in the village is a priority. Paraphrasing her colleague Ann Hogan, Lalley said, “Shelburne should be a place to drive to, not through.”

The public hearing on proposed zoning revisions to the Lakeshore Overlay District followed. Revisions would allow owners of non-compliant structures to modify and move these structures within the setback and increase their size in specific circumstances. Since the Shoreline Protection Bill will be going into effect this summer, there was quite a bit of debate as to whether the Selectboard should wait to address the issue. After much discussion and a vote by the Commission, Board members closed the hearing and approved the revisions.

The Board also approved:

  • A policy regarding Shelburne Police Department’s written complaints which is now required as part of the settlement in the Rod MacIver case;
  • Appointments of representatives and alternates to the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission’s Transportation Advisory Committee, and Chittenden County Transportation Authority;
  • The 13-plus-acre Lot 9 of Harrington Village from Champlain Housing Trust, which will be open space; and
  • The FY2015 Chittenden Solid Waste District budget.

A tour of the town’s road system with Highway Superintendent Paul Goodrich and Town Manager Joe Colangelo is scheduled for June 8 at 9am. Anyone wishing to go on the tour must provide their own transportation. The tour starts in the town center’s parking lot.

The next meeting of the Selectboard will be held June 10.