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The Town of Pownal is seeking to hire a part-time zoning administrator. The zoning administrator is the enforcing arm of the town’s zoning bylaw and issues zoning permits. This is a three-year appointed position. Compensation includes monthly stipend, fees from issued permits and zoning verifications, and mileage expenses.

Generally, the zoning administrator is the first person contacted when property development is proposed or when someone has a complaint. He or she plays an important role as the town’s public relations person as well as, at times, its “complaint department.” Although legally the administrative officer has no discretion in interpreting and applying the municipality’s bylaws, he or she is in an ideal position to educate the general public and other officials about the benefits of and the need for local zoning regulations and to assist participants through the sometimes confusing review process.

  • Appointed by the municipal planning commission with approval from the select board. The appointment is 3 years.
  • Compensation is fixed annually by the select board.
  • The zoning administrator must either approve or deny an application for zoning. Failure to do so would constitute an automatic approval.
  • Subject to the personnel rules and policies adopted by the legislative body.
  • The zoning administrator administers the municipal by-laws and ordinances literally, and does not have the power to permit any land development that is not in conformance with such by laws. He or she is responsible for enforcement of all the rules and regulations pertaining to the zoning ordinance.
  • If the administrator denies a request for a zoning permit, he or she must advise the applicant of that individuals right to appeal to the Development Review Board.
  • When a change to a bylaw or ordinance is being considered and the hearing process has been warned, the administrative officer shall not issue a permit relating to those proposed changes until such time as the municipality has either adopted or rejected the proposal, unless the legislative body gives written consent to propose after holding a legally warned public hearing.

To apply, email or hand deliver a letter of interest to the Pownal Planning Commission by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 1, 2019, at or send to:

Pownal Town Office
PO Box 411
Pownal, VT 05261.

The board meets every second Tuesday of each month.