By Carol Casey
Town Planner Dean Pierce announced at the June 28 Planning Commission meeting that Elizabeth Hern’s proposal for a small luxury hotel was not the offer accepted by the owners of the former Morgan Horse Museum site. Rather, the winning bid was submitted by Waldorf High School. Pierce reported, however, that Hern is scouting other possible locations in Shelburne for such an establishment.
The Planning Commission officially adopted changes in the zoning regulations that would add elements of design review for both Commercial and Mixed-Use PUDs located within the Mixed Use district. The Commission called for input on certain design issues from the Historic Preservation and Review Commission and eliminated certain quantitative standards in the existing bylaws in favor of more qualitative minimum standards. A public hearing on the proposed changes will be held on July 26.
The Commission next reviewed revised drafts of the “Land Use in Shelburne” and the “Growth and Development” sections of the Town Plan, and made some minor amendments. They will next send these sections to the Selectboard to determine whether they are “on the right track” in addressing the Selectboard’s concerns with the initial draft of the revised Town Plan.
The Commission then continued their review of proposed revisions to the Subdivision bylaws. Comments from Bernie Gagnon, Shelburne’s Director of Public Works, had been incorporated where appropriate. Pierce will circulate a final draft integrating changes made by Commissioners prior to warning a public hearing.
Kate Lalley reported that the SDAT committee was drafting a Request for Proposal (RFP) for developing a form-based code for the area stretching from the Shelburne/South Burlington town line to the LaPlatte River bridge. Once the RFP is finalized, the Commission will have a chance to review it before it is issued.
Dean Pierce reported that John Adams, the current Development Review Board Administrator, will be leaving soon to take a position with the Vermont Agency of Development and Community Affairs.
The next meeting of the Planning Commission will be held on Thursday, July 12 at 7 pm in the Shelburne Municipal Center.