This workshop is for all local officials involved in the planning and development review process. Zoning administrators, planning commissioners, DRB/ZBA members, town administrators and managers, municipal planners, and regional planning commission staff are encouraged to attend. The sessions will provide a dynamic mix of legal information, practical solutions, and policy discussions with opportunities to discuss pressing issues in municipal planning and zoning with knowledgeable officials from across the state. This event is eligible for up to 5.0 CLEs and 4.0 general, and 1.0 legal AICP credits pending approval.
8:30 Registration Opens (light breakfast provided)
9:00 Welcome and Overview, Abby Friedman, Director, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center
9:05 Local Regulation of Working Farms: A Changing Landscape
In this session, we will review the Act 143 provisions related to regulating accessory on-farm businesses and the role of municipal land use officials in implementation. This 2018 law has raised questions from administrative officers and planning commissioners from across the state. The panelists will provide examples of ways to comply with the law, including revisions to municipal land use regulations that may be necessary.
Speakers: Alex Weinhagen, Legislative Liaison, Vermont Planners Association and Director of Planning and Zoning, Hinesburg, Vt., Ron Rodjenski, Town Administrator and Zoning Administrator, Hyde Park, Vt.
10:30 Planning for Vibrant, Inclusive Communities
In this session, representatives from the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) will summarize the federal and state requirements that apply to fair housing, as well as the economic and community benefits of inclusive housing. They will also present land use planning approaches that can ensure availability of affordable housing options, including hamlets, tiny houses, inclusionary zoning, mixed use development, accessory dwellings, and housing committees.
Speakers: Ted Wimpey, Director, Fair Housing Program, CVOEO, Burlington, Vt., Jessica Hyman, Education & Outreach Coordinator, Fair Housing Program, CVOEO, Burlington, Vt.
12:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00 Role and Responsibilities of a Zoning Administrator
The role of a zoning administrator can vary greatly from town to town, depending on the municipality and selectboard, but all have the same minimum statutory duties that they must fulfill. In this session, we will review those duties defined by state statute and share examples of job descriptions that include additional duties. There will be plenty of time for discussion, so please bring your questions and experiences.
Speakers: Mardee Sanchez, Zoning Administrator, Randolph, Vt., Steve Lotspeich, RLA, Community Planner, Waterbury, Vt., Susan Senning, Staff Attorney I, VLCT MAC, and former Waitsfield Zoning Administrator
2:30 Signs, Signs, Everywhere are Signs
Sign regulations can range from general to specific, and can pose constitutional concerns if they contain content-based restrictions on protected speech. In our final session of the day, our speaker will explain the legal parameters of regulating signs in light of U.S. Supreme Court cases Reed et al. v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona, et al. (2015) and Minnesota Voters Alliance et al. v. Mansky et al. (2018).
Speaker: Ed Adrian, Esq., Monaghan, Safar, Ducham PLLC, Burlington, Vt.
3:30 Workshop Conclusion and Completion of Evaluations