After a public hearing held on July 9th, Shelburne’s
Selectboard voted to approve a series of bylaw changes recommended by the
Planning Commission. The Planning Commission developed the proposal in response
to recommendations offered by housing subcommittee, which views the changes as
implementing key policies contained in Shelburne’s 2019 Comprehensive Plan. The
Planning Commission had conducted its own public hearing on the proposal on May
23rd. Notifications relating to both hearings were published in local
newspapers and posted in three public locations, as required by state law.
The proposal approved by the Selectboard is intended to
simplify review procedures applicable to “accessory apartments.” More
specifically, beginning on July 30, accessory apartments of 1,500 square feet
or less will be treated as permitted uses. Previously, two bedroom apartments,
as well as apartments involving building expansions or other physical changes,
were subject to “Conditional Use” review.