VERMONT LEAGUE OF CITIES AND TOWNS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
VLCT Board of Directors Meeting, December 15, 2022
Thursday, December 15, 2022
Hybrid Meeting - 12:20 p.m. Via Zoom and in Person at: VLCT Offices, the Vermont Room, 89 Main Street, Montpelier, VT
- Call to order by President; Introduction of new members and guests, if any. (12:20)
- Additions and Deletions to the Agenda (12:25)
Action Suggested: Board members should review the agenda, including adding or deleting items, moving items to and from the consent agenda, and having the President, board members, and staff identify items to be added under “Other Business.”
- Consent Agenda Items (12:30)
Action Suggested: Approve all items in gross and without debate or amendment. A single member can demand a separate vote for any of the series offered. Items voted separately require a separate motion to approve and may be fully debated and amended at the end of the agenda.
a. Approve Minutes November 10, 2022, meeting
b. Accept December Personnel Report
c. Accept VLCT 2022 Q3 Financials
- Organizational Update (12:35)
Action Suggested: No action required. Ted Brady will go over the attached organizational update.
a. December 2023 Organizational Update
- Legislative Preview (12:50)
Action Suggested: No action required. Karen Horn and Gwynn Zakov will provide a legislative update.
a. Legislative Update from Karen Horn (memo)
b. VLCT Municipal Priorities for 2023 (from website)
c. Local Zoning Bill Summary Memo from Karen Horn (Based on Draft 6.1)
d. Rep. Bongartz’s Draft Housing Bill (Draft 8.1 as of 12/9)
e. Municipal Policing Reform Proposal
- VLCT Town Fair Finances Update (1:15)
Action Suggested: No action required. CFO Seth Abbene will provide a brief update on the financial outcome of Town Fair.
- Break (1:30)
- Rep. Seth Bongartz and Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale re: Local Zoning Bill (1:40)
Action Suggested: No action required. Rep. Seth Bongartz and Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale will discuss their housing bill and encourage VLCT to consider supporting it. The bill includes several pre-emptions to local zoning authorities. Staff have been working with Rep. Bongartz through the fall to encourage the inclusion of Act 250 reforms and some local zoning reforms. The bill has the support of the Governor. Chris Cochran, the Director of Community Planning and Revitalization for the Department of Housing and Community Development, has also invited DHCD Commissioner Josh Hanford, Barre City Mayor and DHCD Planning and Policy Manager Jacob Hemmerick, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board Executive Director Gus Seelig, VHFA Executive Director Maura Collins, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Charlie Baker, and others to the meeting to observe and show support.
a. Section by Section as prepared by Chris Cochran
b. Memo to Rep. Bongartz from Karen Horn (November 14, 2022)
c. Seven Days Article: “Expensive Housing is Limiting Who Gets to Live Where in Vermont…”
- Executive Session (if necessary) (2:10)
- Other Business (2:15)
- Adjourn (2:30)