Planning Commission forwards zoning bylaw changes to Selectboard

Planning Commission Meeting Feb. 9, 2017 At its meeting on Feb. 9, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on five proposals to amend the zoning bylaws. The proposed changes were requested by the Development Review Board because the current bylaws in these areas were ambiguous, left issues unaddressed, or needed improvement. The Planning Commission… Read More »

Development Review Board approves three applications

At its Jan. 18 meeting, the Development Review Board heard testimony on three different applications: Jessica Humphrey described the design review application she submitted for a façade sign at 11 Falls Road for Willow House, her business that will soon be opening in this location. The DRB approved the application, provided she obtains a sign… Read More »

Public Hearing on Zoning Bylaw changes scheduled for Feb. 9

Over the course of the last several months, the Planning Commission has been considering clarifications requested by the Development Review Board on several aspects of the zoning bylaws. Having completed their work on five of these issues, the Planning Commission voted to warn a public hearing on Feb. 9 for proposed changes relating to sidewalk… Read More »

Kwiniaska development clears first hurdle for approval

Kwiniaska development clears first hurdle for approval

In a decision dated Jan. 4, the Development Review Board approved the sketch plan submitted by Snyder Custom Homes for 91 housing units, including a mix of 26 single-family homes, 38 carriage homes, and nine multi-family townhouses that would provide 27 housing units, on 53.5 acres with 24 acres of open space on the west… Read More »

Development Review Board plans site visit on Pond Road

Development Review Board plans site visit on Pond Road

At its meeting on Dec. 21, the Development Review Board reviewed a Sketch Plan Application by Jay Desautels for the resubdivision of an existing four-lot subdivision into six lots on property bordered on the east by Hinesburg Road and on the north by Pond Road. The DRB had held a pre-application conference about this proposal… Read More »

Planning Commission proposes regulations for adult entertainment businesses

The Planning Commission held a public hearing Dec. 15 to gather community input on proposed Zoning Bylaws to mitigate the adverse secondary impacts associated with adult entertainment facilities. As Chair Jaime Heins explained, such businesses are constitutionally protected under freedom of speech and cannot be banned outright, but cities and towns do have the same… Read More »

DRB holds hearing on Kwiniaska development

DRB holds hearing on Kwiniaska development

Several townspeople attended the Development Review Board meeting on Dec. 7 to hear about the revised plan for the creation of 91 homes on the Kwiniaska property on the west side of Spear Street. Chris Snyder of Snyder Custom Homes, the developer of the property, presented the revised sketch plan, noting that several changes had… Read More »

Planning Commission considers impact of parcelization in the rural district

Planning Commission considers impact of parcelization in the rural district

At its meeting on Dec. 8, the Planning Commission heard a presentation by Jens Hilke, a conservation planning biologist with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, about the impact of development in rural areas of Vermont on forests and wildlife habitat. Forest fragmentation creates habitat blocks, which leads to a decline in biodiversity, unless… Read More »

DRB rules in favor of Champlain Housing Trust

For more than a year, the Town of Shelburne and the Champlain Housing Trust have been engaged in a dispute over whether CHT was operating Harbor Place in accordance with Shelburne zoning bylaws. On Nov. 30, the Development Review Board ruled in favor of Harbor Place, allowing the motel to continue operations. In 2013, CHT… Read More »

Planning Commission addresses adult business, other issues

Acting on an inquiry regarding the possible establishment of an adult business in Shelburne, the Planning Commission considered a draft Zoning Bylaw for such businesses at its Nov. 17 meeting.  No specific proposal or application has been filed, but because the Zoning Bylaws do not contain any provisions concerning adult businesses, the Commission wanted to… Read More »

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