November 22, 2006
By Lisa Loomis
As The Valley Reporter was going to press on November 21, the Fayston Planning Commission was considering changes to the town's resort development district zoning.
At a 7 p.m. hearing, the commission held a public hearing on changes to the zoning standards for that district, as well as the accessory and primary structure definitions. Up for discussion were several specific areas of the zoning ordinance including setback standards and definitional changes.
Planners were set to discuss minimum frontage requirements in the resort development district as well as front, side and rear setbacks (25 ft), front/road setbacks (45 ft) maximum heights for single family residences (35 ft) and maximum height for all other structures (50 ft).
Regarding non-complying structures, planners are considering wording to the effect that:
"The extension of a structure which results in an additional encroachment of the non-complying feature/ element (beyond that point which constitutes the greatest pre-existing encroachment) represents an increase in the degree of non-compliance. An expansion in the volume or area of a structure shall not constitute an increase in the degree of non-compliance unless the expansion results in encroachment upon the setback which is greater than the existing non-complying encroachment."
(A)(3) "...All other residential non-complying structures may be enlarged or expanded...with the approval of the Board of Adjustment as a conditional use in accordance with section 5.3...."
For accessory structures, planners are defining those as structures which are customarily incidental and subordinate to the permitted or conditional primary use on a lot which is located on the same lot as the primary structure or use and is 'clearly related to the primary permitted or conditional use.'
A primary structure is defined as a house, camp, or commercial structure that serves the primary use (primary dwelling, seasonal dwelling, office, store, industrial building, etc.) allowed in the zoning district in which it is located.