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Zoning Board of Appeals — Meeting Minutes — November 4, 2010

A duly posted meeting of the Shelburne Zoning Board of Appeals was held at the Selectmen's Meeting Room at Town Hall, 51 Bridge Street, Shelburne, on Nov. 4, 2010.

Members Present: John Taylor, William Sweeney, Lowell Laporte
Administrative Assistant: Faye Whitney
Members Absent: Catherine Smith, Joe Palmeri, Ted Merrill

Clerk John Taylor called the meeting to order at 7:16 p.m.

A discussion was held on the final copy of the Rules and Regulations. Typographical errors have been corrected but no substantive changes have been made. The three members present signed the revised document.

A letter of resignation from John Pollard was received. In the absence of the Chair no action was taken,

A motion was made by Mr. Sweeney, seconded by Mr. Laporte, to approve the meeting minutes of Sept. 2.
Voting to Approve: Mr. Sweeney, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Laporte
Opposed: None
Abstaining: None

A motion was made by Mr. Sweeney, seconded by Mr. Laporte, to approve the meeting minutes of October 7, with one editorial addition.
Voting to Approve: Mr. Sweeney, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Laporte
Opposed: None
Abstaining: None


The mail included a notice of a HCC workshop concerning the transformation of commercial highway strips into mixed- use centers. The workshop was to be held on Nov. 9. Also in the mail was the HCI newsletter. The Board also reviewed a memo from Town Clerk Beverly Neeley concerning the open meeting law and the proper way to post meeting notices.

The Board discussed possible changes to the home-based business bylaw. Mr. Taylor had provided a draft document. Section 2.17 would be edited to include only a brief definition of home-based business. The longer definition would then be found in Section 7. Section 7.1 lists several examples of home-based businesses but those are not the only types of businesses allowed. The intent of the bylaw is to protect the neighborhood from excess noise, traffic, etc. It was noted that the Table of Use in Section 4 supercedes the home-based business section. Some activities are already regulated. It is necessary to make it clear the to the Building Inspector what is permitted. Then if all listed criteria were met, the Building Inspector could issue a permit without ZBA approval. The Board will take the draft document home to study.

Also to be considered are a few bylaw items that the Attorney General had earlier suggested by cleaned up. For example, the town bylaws can not override state regulations. The ZBA has also discussed some language changes that may be needed to some of the bylaws.

At 9:37 p.m. Mr. Sweeney moved that the meeting be adjourned. This was seconded by Mr. Laporte. The vote was unanimously in favor.

Respectfully submitted,
Faye Whitney, Administrative Assistant