HSH Facilitates Design Charrette for Redevelopment and Form-Based Code Along the Route 7 Corridor in Shelburne, Vermont

October 26, 2013

ShelburneCharrette1HSH planners were part of a consulting team that led Shelburne, VT planning officials, property owners and local residents in a 3-day design charrette to prepare conceptual plans for future development along the Route 7 corridor and the creation of new form-based zoning regulations. “Form Based” zoning emphasizes standards based on the community’s desired development patterns and features such as building placement, design and relationship to surrounding streets and neighborhoods. Conventional zoning, in contrast, emphasizes control based on use and density. Shelburne’s goal for the Route 7 corridor plan and zoning regulations is to enhance economic vitality, improved neighborhood access, and overall appearance of the Town.

Activities conducted during the charrette included an opening listening session for residents to voice concerns or ideas, group sessions on developing appropriate scale and design themes, and public design workshops to provide participants the opportunity to define development alternatives and shape the overall corridor concept plan. The project team presented the results of these sessions as well as an education presentation on form-based zoning.

ShelburneCharrette3In addition to the three days of work sessions, the project team prepared an on-line Visual Preference Survey to gauge the community’s preferences for different building types, general site layout, landscaping, streetscapes and other possible elements of the future Route 7.

For more information about the design charrette and Route 7 corridor project check out the Town of Shelburne dedicated web page and Facebook page which are located at:

> www.shelburnevt.org/departments/1265.html

> www.facebook.com/rte7shelburne