The VLCT Board of Directors created five legislative policy committees to develop recommendations for a legislative platform in each policy area in the ensuing session. Committee members meet with secretaries and commissioners of agencies from time to time to discuss strategy and the implementation of laws. VLCT Advocacy staff also rely upon committee members for advice and expertise on specific issues during the legislative session.
Each summer, these committees meet to draft their recommendations. The VLCT Board of Directors then reviews, amends as needed, and approves the recommendations. The entire draft municipal policy is then sent to the VLCT membership, who votes on it at the VLCT Annual Meeting in October. Members may propose further amendments to the draft policy in writing prior to the meeting or on the floor at the meeting. Each member city or town has one vote at the annual or special meeting. Upon member approval of the policy by majority vote of those present, the Board, at its next meeting, establishes municipal policy priorities from among the many adopted policy issues. Those priorities provide the focus for Advocacy staff and the Board going forward.
The Quality of Life and Environment Committee is responsible for: land use planning, development, conservation, and regulation; housing; Act 250; economic development; waste management; telecommunications; energy, including renewable; health care; related quality of life matters.
Click here to view the Quality of Life and Environment Policy.
See below for more information on the committee and related policy issues.
Quality of Life Committee Members
Hon. Miro Weinberger
Mayor, Burlington City
Committee Vice Chair
Public Works Director, South Burlington City
Selectboard Chair, Fayston Town
Town Planner, Milton Town
Mary Ann Goulette
Town Manager, West Rutland Town
Zoning Administrator, Swanton Town
Selectperson, Springfield Town
Selectperson, Bolton Town
Town Clerk, Dorset Town
Planning Commission, Barre Town
Zoning Administrator, Randolph Town
Executive Director, Mad River Valley Planning District
Municipal Manager, Waterbury Town
Planning Commission, Newark Town