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Planning Commission Subcommittee on Contractor Yards Regulation Revisions

At the September 25, 2019 meeting, the Planning Commission discussed making zoning changes consistent with action item 4.3.5 of the Town Plan, "to facilitate the review/approval of new contractor yards that are compatible with the surroundings." The Commission decided to form a subcommittee to research and work on this topic, and to bring a recommendation back to the full Commission at a later date.

A contractor yard is a special kind of home occupation addressed in section 5.3 of our Zoning Regulations – specifically, "property, which is used for storage of equipment and material for use in off-site construction… storage of one or more pieces of heavy equipment, including but not limited to trucks, excavators, graders, and cranes, and trailers for the same..." Think landscaping, excavating, and construction businesses. These are extremely important to our rural economy. They also have the potential to pose issues for neighbors due to the heavy equipment and materials involved – e.g., back up beepers, diesel exhaust, piles of stone/dirt, etc.

Town Plan action item (4.3.5, page 41) directs the Planning Commission to, "Review zoning regulations for contractor yards with a goal of developing performance standards that would allow the separation distances to be reduced to facilitate the review/approval of new yards that are compatible with the surroundings.” Over the years, we’ve heard from landowners interested in relocating an existing contractor yard or starting a new one. However, our zoning regulations include minimum separation distances from property lines and adjacent homes makes this very difficult.
Public comment is always encouraged. To request to be on the agenda of an upcoming Hinesburg meeting contact the Hinesburg Planning & Zoning Office.
Sub Committee Members
Marie Gardner
Maggie Gordon
Joseph Iadanza
Dan Myhre   
Meeting Minutes and Agendas 
Meetings are scheduled by the subcommittee; meeting agendas will be posted to this page in advance of meetings; contact the Planning & Zoning Office for more information.

December 5 – Agenda | Minutes
November 6 – Agenda | Minutes
October 24 – Agenda | Minutes
October 17 – Agenda | Minutes
October 12 – Agenda | Minutes


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