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Summary of Activities


January 28, 2018


Fellow Residents of Burke,


The role of the Planning Commission is to oversee the Burke Town Plan and Zoning Bylaw. These two documents represent, to the best of our ability, the values that we as a town agree upon in terms of where and how growth of our town and villages will happen. Copies of both the Burke Town Plan and Zoning Bylaw are available on the Town of Burke website and the Burke Town Clerk’s Office.


The members of the Burke Planning Commission are Keith Clark, Sean Montague, Abigail Montgomery, Valerie Desmarais, and myself, James Bentley.


2017 was an eventful year for the Burke Planning Commission. David Ormiston stepped down as chairman, and we thank him for his many years of service to the town. Thanks to the recent addition of new members, the Planning Commission is full for the first time in several years.


Town plans in Vermont expire after some years, and in order to maintain legally binding Town Plans, towns must update their plans every so often. After many years of work and three public hearings in the past year, we are very proud to announce that the Burke Town Plan is now current and legal. Al Duey, who served the Planning Commission as chairman for several years, put a lot of time into this update and deserves much of the credit for this accomplishment.


Currently, the Planning Commission is working to pass an updated Zoning Bylaw, as it must also be periodically updated to maintain legality. We had our first public hearing on the new draft on January 11th, 2018. The next step will be to hold another public hearing this time with the Burke Selectboard. Look out for warnings regarding this meeting if you have questions or concerns about the Zoning Bylaw.


Finally, the Planning Commission would like to welcome Burke’s new Zoning Administrator, Brent Shafer. We look forward to working with Brent and all of you this year. Our meetings are on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Town Offices. If you have questions, you are always welcome at our meetings.




James Bentley, Chairman


Burke Planning Commission

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