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Location:Town of Shaftsbury, VT
PO Box 409
61 Buck Hill Road
Shaftsbury, Vermont 05262
Contact Numbers:Phone: (802) 442-4038
Fax: (802) 442-0955
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(Much of the above was drawn from Implementation Manual. Zoning Regulations. 2007, Vermont Land Use Education and Training Collaborative, www.vpic.info.)
The Shaftsbury Zoning Bylaw specifies what permits and approvals must be secured before a person or business may begin development activities. The bylaw governs; this FAQ is only a summary of zoning laws. The full bylaw and its appendices can be found on this page. Or you can receive a copy and get answers to other zoning questions by contacting the zoning administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Activities generally requiring a permit include but are not limited to:
A site plan is a bird's-eye, to scale view of a property. A site plan is required for all permitted activities. A survey conducted by a state-licensed surveyor is required for subdivisions and boundary line adjustments.
What must be shown on the site plan depends on the nature of the proposed activity or structure. At minimum, a site plan might include, to scale:
It is the responsibility of the application to obtain accurate boundary line information for the application. The Town's tax maps (available on line at www.axisgis.com) are a good source of information. The site is searchable by name, address, and parcel number. The tax maps are not as reliable as a survey. The Town maintains copies of some, but far from all, surveys dating back to the 1970s.
The Shaftsbury zoning bylaw requires that certain site improvements and structures be located a minimum number of feet from the front, side and rear yard lines. The setback requirements vary according to zoning district. Setbacks are also required from streams.
State law requires a 15-day appeal period after the permit is approved before construction can commence, during which time an abutting landowner or other interested person as defined by the state can appeal the permit's issuance. A successful appeal could require a landowner to un-do any improvements made before the expiration of the appeal period.
The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation administers many State permit programs, including those related to water and wastewater, stormwater, rivers and streams, wetlands, floodplains, underground oil tanks, and more. The State's web-based Permit Navigator produces a downloadable/printable guide to help you through the permitting and planning processes and to help you learn about what may be required based on your unique situation. Or a permit specialist can help answer your questions. For more information, visit www.dec.vermont.gov or contact our regional Community Assistance Specialist, Rick Oberkirch, at 802-282-6488
Zoning Common Questions were adapted with permission from the Town of Londonderry, Vermont in May 2022.