Our mission is to promote an understanding of the impact of growth on taxes, schools, traffic, town services, water availability and quality, wildlife survival, and open space. We will work with all parties to achieve the most sustainable development and the best possible quality of life for all Shelburne residents.
SCRG is a Vermont not for profit organization and all donations are welcome. However they are not yet tax deductible. We will update the website as our IRS status has been confirmed.
SCRG has a history dating back to the year 2000 when concerned resident Bev Jacobsen organized a group of neighbors too busy to know much about growth and development issues until they threatened to change our own backyards.
We climbed a steep learning curve about the town plan, zoning regulations, and how the decisions of the Planning Commission and Selectboard affect growth. We’ve moved way beyond our “Not in my backyard” mode to see these issues in the context of the entire town.
SHELBURNE, VT: Jean Burks, a member of the Executive Board of the Shelburne
Citizens for Responsible Growth (SCRG), and former Shelburne Selectboard member, today announced that the recent petition to put the “Town Back In The Town Plan” was signed by well over the required 5% of the registered voters in just one week. The petition requests that Shelburne's Town Plan and its amendments be approved or vetoed by Australian ballot (standard voting).
The petition was brought to the Selectboard and the Board has agreed to include it on the ballot at Shelburne Town Meeting on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
PO Box 751, Shelburne, VT 05482
SHELBURNE, VT: The following excerpts from the new Town Plan are meant to show just a few examples of the substantial changes that would reduce restrictions for developers, be it regarding: developing rural areas; increasing population, density, and rate of growth; lessening open-space and aesthetic requirements; expanding the sewer-service area; redefining safety constraints to increase developable area; and loosening the rules for protecting scenic and natural resources. Do not be fooled by changes may seem to be minor rewording (e.g., “limited” revised to “appropriate levels of,” “ensure” revised to “encourage,” and inserting “significant” before “constraints or hazards to sound development”). These changes drastically alter or blur the lines of the town’s rules, opening them up to interpretation, and should be taken seriously.