The Planning Commission members also currently serve on the Development Review Board: Paul Kristensen, Sue Sellew, Ira Clark, John Roe, Lee Simek.
About the Development Review Board
The Development Review Board (“DRB”) meets as-needed. DRB meetings and public hearings are traditionally held at 7:00PM in Sharon Town Offices, 69 VT Rte 132. Site visits usually precede public hearings, which are also warned as public meetings.
The Development Review Board is a hard-working volunteer group appointed by the Selectboard that represents the community as we think ahead and plan for the future resiliency of this community in light of climate change and increased risks of flooding. The DRB also administers Sharon’s flood hazard regulations.
The DRB does not have an office or hold office hours. Initial inquiries pertaining to DRB business may be directed to the Selectboard Assistant (802-763-8268 x 4) or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Flood Hazard Bylaw Administrator, Geo Honigford, works directly with applicants seeking conditional use review and approval for development activities within regulated flood hazard areas. He may be reached via email at email@example.com or by calling 802-763-7446.
Members of the community are always welcome to attend Development Review Board meetings. Agendas for upcoming meetings are posted at the Town Offices, the Sharon Trading Post, Midway Station, Sharon Post Office, and on the Town’s website.
Flood Hazard Area Permits
In 2010 the Selectboard adopted the Flood Hazard Area Bylaw.
A permit is required for all development in all regulated flood hazard areas. Sharon’s Flood Hazard Area Bylaw regulates both the Federal Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), the state Fluvial Erosion Hazard (FEH) Zone, and stream buffers. Affected flood hazard areas of concern are along Broad, Elmer’s, Fay, High Pole, Honey, Mitchell, Quation, and Whitewater brooks, the White River, and perennial and/or intermittent streams.
The Sharon DRB holds public hearings on applications for development within regulated flood hazard areas. After gathering facts and testimonies through site visit(s) and public hearings, the DRB issues decisions as to whether or not an application complies with the bylaw. These decisions may be reached during “deliberative sessions” which are non-public sessions. However, the findings, decisions, and permits are public documents filed with the Town. Minutes are kept of all conditional use review hearings and testimonies of landowners, abutters, and the State of Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and are archived with all application materials as public documents.
The Selectboard has appointed an Administrative Officer to administer and enforce its Flood Hazard Bylaw and to issue Flood Hazard Area Permits subsequent to conditional use approval by the DRB.
All questions pertaining to application submittal and compliance with the Flood Hazard Area Bylaw should be addressed to Geo Honigford, 975 South Windsor Street (Hurricane Flats Farm), South Royalton, VT 05068. Home phone: (802) 359-3027; email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view boundaries of flood hazard areas regulated by the 2010 Flood Hazard Bylaw please click here.