This workshop is designed for all municipal officials involved in the local planning and development review process. Zoning administrators, planning commissioners, DRB/ZBA members, town administrators and managers, municipal planners, and regional planning commission staff are all encouraged to attend. The training will focus on a broad array of common topics including how to work with the Environmental Division of the Vermont Judiciary and how to use the Municipal Planning Grant program to jump-start community-driven change. You’ll also learn what legislative changes may affect marijuana regulation at the local level. Additionally, there will be plenty of time to hear and learn from your peers’ experiences. This workshop is eligible for up to 4.5 CLE credits. Contact us for information about
Estimate AICP: 3.0 General, 1.5 Legal (pending approval)
Estimate CLEs: 4.5 General
8:55 Welcome and Overview
Abigail Friedman, Director, Municipal Assistance Center
9:00 From the Docket: Lessons Learned from the Environmental Division
Judges from the Environmental Division of the Superior Court will discuss how cases work through the court system, the role of municipalities in the appeal process, and how towns are without jurisdiction (legal authority) to further consider an application once an appeal is filed with the Environmental Division. They also will help bridge the gap between municipalities as users of the Environmental Division and the judges and staff who make the court work. Please bring your questions for a lively discussion.
Honorable Thomas Durkin and Honorable Thomas Walsh, Presiding Judges, Environmental Division, Superior Court
10:45 Jump-Starting Community Success with Municipal Planning Grants
Are you ready to make positive changes to your town or city? Learn how Vermont’s small but flexible Municipal Planning Grants can be used to form a vision, unlock other funding, and resolve long-standing concerns. Our speakers will share examples of local successes, tips for preparing a competitive grant application, and ways to access other opportunities.
Jacob Hemmerick, Planning & Policy Manager, Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development
Faith Ingulsrud, Planning Coordinator, Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development
12:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00 2019 Legislative Wrap Up
In this session, we will summarize the 2019 legislative session, focusing on new or revised laws that specifically affect municipalities, including if and how municipalities can regulate cannabis.
Gwynn Zakov, VLCT Municipal Policy Advocate
1:55 You’ve Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers: A Moderated Q&A Session
This facilitated session will provide ample opportunity for an experienced panel of land use professionals and municipal officials to answer your questions. Bring your questions, advice, and stories to share.
Facilitator: Representative from the Northeastern Vermont Development Association
Panelists: Mike Harris, Town of Burke Interim Zoning Administrator; Janet Hurley, Administrative Officer and Planning Director, Manchester Town
3:00 Complete Evaluations