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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

Committee Chair
Hon. Miro Weinberger
Mayor, Burlington City

Committee Vice Chair
Justin Rabidoux
Public Works Director, South Burlington City

Ex Officio
Jared Cadwell
Selectboard Chair, Fayston Town

Jeff Castle
Town Planner, Milton Town

Mary Ann Goulette
Town Manager, West Rutland Town

Darlene Marrier
Zoning Administrator, Swanton Town



Walter Martone
Selectperson, Springfield Town

Sharon Murray
Selectperson, Bolton Town

Sandra Pinsonault
Town Clerk, Dorset Town

Cedric Sanborn
Planning Commission, Barre Town

Mardee Sanchez
Zoning Administrator, Randolph Town

Joshua Schwartz
Executive Director, Mad River Valley Planning District

William Shepeluk
Municipal Manager, Waterbury Town

Mark Whitworth
Planning Commission, Newark Town