The Planning Commission Members are: Peter Anderson, Paul Kristensen, Sue Sellew, and Ira Clark. There is currently one vacancy.
The Planning Commission meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM in Sharon Town Offices, 69 VT Rte 132.
The Planning Commission is a hard-working volunteer group appointed by the Selectboard that represents the community as we think ahead, envision what we all want our town to be like in the future, and establish the roadmap or plan to make that happen. The Commission is made up of five members appointed by the Selectboard for three-year terms.
The Planning Commission does not have an office or hold office hours. Inquiries about Planning Commission business should be directed the Selectboard Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you may contact the Selectboard Office Monday-Thursdays 9AM – 4:30PM at 802-763-8268 x 4.
Planning Commission Duties
The duties of the Planning Commission are set forth in Title 24, Section 4325 of the laws of the State of Vermont. These include preparing and amending the Town Plan, bylaws, and subdivision regulations. It may undertake studies and make recommendations on matters of land development, transportation infrastructure, energy conservation, and many other related matters.
Sharon Planning Commission, as further directed by actions of the Selectboard or voters of the town,
- Reviews and approves applications for subdivisions of land pursuant to Sharon Subdivision Regulations;
- Serves as the Development Review Board for review and approval of applications for flood hazard area permits pursuant to the 2010 Sharon Flood Hazard Bylaw;
- Prepares and recommends revisions to the Sharon Town Plan, last adopted in 2015;
- Prepares revisions to current bylaws or makes recommendations to the Selectboard for consideration of new bylaws.
- Coordinates its planning efforts with local boards and committees, neighboring communities, and the Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Planning Commission located in Woodstock.
The Planning Commission makes a strong effort to contact town residents about meetings where citizens can provide input. Members of the community are always welcome to attend meetings, and the Planning Commission holds public hearings on action items such as the Town Plan, bylaws, and proposed subdivisions. 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.
Land Use and Sharon Town Plan
Planning is the process of ‘visioning’ and designing the community’s future. The Town Plan is drafted by the Planning Commission with input from citizens. After one or more public hearings, the plan is referred to the Selectboard, which also holds a hearing prior to adoption by majority vote. The Town Plan includes recommendations for both voluntary and regulatory actions. It is also used as a benchmark in certain Act 250 proceedings. The plan is updated and readopted every five years. Our current Town Plan was adopted in April 2015. The Planning Commission is currently revising the Town Plan for re-adoption in 2021.
Download the current Town Plan, or stop by the Town Office for a copy.
Zoning, which Sharon does not have, is the process of regulating proposed uses of property so as to fit with the plan that the town designed. In the absence of zoning, planning and the Sharon Town Plan are guidelines rather than regulations.
The Town first adopted subdivision regulations in the 1970’s. These regulations are periodically updated and revised. To view the current subdivision regulations, last revised in 2016, click here: insert link
Planning Commissioners review applications and site plans for subdivisions of land. The Planning Commission can use this review to request certain conditions relative to the layout of roads and driveways, Traffic flow, landscaping and screening and erosion control measures.
Inquiries about the application review process may be made to the Selectboard Assistant at 802-763-8268 x 4 or via email to email@example.com.
Subdivision applications should be submitted two (2) weeks in advance of a Planning Commission monthly meeting to the Selectboard Assistant. The Selectboard Assistant then reviews applications for completeness and coordinates scheduling initial, preliminary, and final reviews of applications with the Planning Commission. Final review entails a site visit and a minimum of one public hearing.
Town of Sharon Flood Hazard Regulations
Planning Commissioners serve as members of the Development Review Board (“DRB”) to administer the Sharon Flood Hazard Area Bylaw. The DRB reviews and renders decisions on applications for flood hazard area permits. For more information concerning the flood hazard bylaw refer to the Development Review Board page.