Planning Commission Schedules Holds Hearing, Votes to Forward Proposal to Selectboard
At their May 23rd meeting, Planning Commissioners voted to submit proposed Zoning Bylaw changes to the Selectboard for that body’s consideration and action. The vote took place following a duly warned public hearing. Commissioners also approved transmittal of a related bylaw change report. The Planning Commission’s hearing was announced at the Commission’s April 25th meeting. Notification was published in the Burlington Free press and posted in three public locations as required by state law.
The Planning Commission proposal would simplify review procedures applicable to “accessory apartments.” More specifically, if the change is approved, all accessory apartments would be treated as permitted uses. (Currently, two bedroom apartments are subject to “Conditional Use” review, whereas many one bedroom apartments may be allowed administratively as permitted uses.) The proposal also modifies the definition of accessory apartment to include an absolute cap on size (1,500 square feet).
The Planning Commission has developed the proposal in response to recommendations offered by the Planning Commission’s housing subcommittee, which views the changes as implementing policies contained in Shelburne’s 2019 Comprehensive Plan.