Shelburnewood Project Moves Forward
After long delays and changes to zoning bylaws, the Shelburne Selectboard recently voted to support key funding for the Shelburnewood project.
The project received sketch-plan approval at a June 17th Development Review Board meeting, but has many more local and state reviews before the first home is built. Various town committees are carefully reviewing the plans to ensure that good design features are integrated into the project to ensure that the increased density fits with the character of the village.
In October 2008, Shelburnewood received Housing Endorsement from the Vermont Smart Growth Collaborative of which Smart Growth Vermont is a founding member. The project received a high score from the review committee due to its central location in the heart of the village center, its mixture of affordable, market-rate and elderly housing and the preservation of the land along the river. The compact layout and proximity to schools, services, and recreation allows for residents to get out of their car and walk, bike or take public transportation.
Collaborative members Smart Growth Vermont and the Conservation Law Foundation have been testifying at municipal meetings in support of the project along side many local residents.
We encourage residents of Shelburne to monitor and participate in the public process by following Burlington Free Press reporter Joel Banner Baird, who has been writing about this project in recent articles and on his blog.