The narrow road runs along Malletts Bay and is dotted with tiny camps and older homes.
New zoning laws would have changed much of the town from 10-acre minimum lots to 3-acre. Residents feared the changes would be ecologically detrimental. The science is more complicated.
Last year, the Legislature approved half a million dollars to support “zoning bylaw modernization.” In plain English, that means making simple changes in zoning regulations to make development more straightforward.
In excess of 80 participants logged on for both public hearings.
Two ballot articles approved on Town Meeting Day require that South Hero adopt and amend town plans — as well as adopt, amend and repeal bylaws — by Australian ballot.
The electric aircraft maker says it could relocate its manufacturing facility — and its 500 new jobs — to upstate New York if South Burlington officials do not exempt the company from a zoning requirement.
Jeff Davis, a prominent commercial real estate developer, is suing the city of South Burlington and three of its city councilors over zoning regulations they instituted earlier this month.
The City Council passed the new zoning regulations in a 3-2 vote earlier this month, setting aside roughly 1,000 acres for conservation in the city’s more rural southeastern corner.
Some say climate change necessitates that as much green space as possible be preserved. Others say open space should be used to develop much-needed housing.
Six communities have been chosen for a state program designed to help them figure out how to accommodate residential development that is affordable, low-impact and close to downtowns.
A Swanton man built a pergola on his Lake Champlain property with assurance from the zoning administrator a permit was not needed. Unfortunately, the administrator was wrong.
The City Council passed interim zoning bylaws to allow for evaluation of open space, conservation and development policies, especially for the city's less developed southeastern quadrant.
“I think this whole process that we’re putting in place is key to identifying the areas that we want economic development to happen and at the same time protect the neighborhoods,” said Mayor David Allaire.
“We were stunned. I thought we were in this for the long haul,” Mary Norman, one of the partners planning the facility, said of the appeal. They hope to open by Aug. 1.