This workshop offers municipal planning and zoning officials a dynamic mix of legal information, practical solutions, and policy discussions, as well as many opportunities to ask questions and share experiences. Zoning administrators, planning commissioners, DRB/ZBA members, town managers and administrators, municipal planners, and regional planning commission staff are all encouraged to attend.
|8:30||Registration Opens (light breakfast provided)|
Welcome and Overview
Abby Friedman, Director, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center
Act 250: The Next 50 Years
H. 424 (Act 47) established the Act 250 Commission - the Next 50 Years. The Commission was created to consider the vision of Act 250 adopted in the 1970s, evaluate the extent to which it has met its goals, undertake a statewide engagement process, and consider appropriate changes including responding to climate change, protecting rural areas, farms, and forests, and how to remain responsive to development while adequately protecting natural resources. The presenter will share information prepared by the Natural Resources Board for the Commission.
Donna Barlow-Casey, Executive Director, Vermont Natural Resources Board
Issues and Innovative Solutions in Planning and Zoning – Municipal Officials Share Success Stories
Municipal officials from two communities will discuss their approaches to zoning bylaws and how to increase participation in planning commission meetings and events.
Paul Conner, AICP, Director of Planning and Zoning, City of South Burlington
Deb Shelby, Vice Chair, Bolton Planning Commission
Planning for Healthy Communities
The Department of Health’s resources can help municipalities plan for healthy communities and make changes to address the impact of chronic disease. Officials from Swanton Village and Morrisville will describe how their communities implemented bike paths, free bike sharing, traffic calming, and other solutions.
Facilitator: Lee Krohn, AICP, Senior Planner, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission
Presenters: Suzanne Kelley, Vt. Dept. of Health
Reg Beliveau, Jr., Village Manager, Swanton Village
Todd Thomas, AICP & CFM; Planning Director, Zoning Administrator and Health Officer, Morristown
State Enforcement of Solid Waste and Junk Violations
The State’s Environmental Compliance Division director will explain how the state’s environmental enforcement officers respond to and investigate solid waste, junk, and all other kinds of violations of Vermont’s environmental regulations and statutes.
Kim Greenwood, Division Director, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation
Environmental Court Update: Recent Cases and Trends
In this session, our guest speakers will discuss recent Environmental Court cases, focusing on the key legal issues and practical takeaways for municipal officials.
Ryan Kane, Esq., Tarrant Gillies and Richardson
Stephen F. Coteus, Esq., Tarrant Gillies and Richardson
Workshop Conclusion and Evaluations Completed