VLCT SPRING PLANNING & ZONING FORUM
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT
RUTLAND, VT, United States
CM | 5
L | 1.50
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 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.
The day will include the following topics and sessions:
Legislative Session Update
In this session, we will review the 2018 legislative session and update the status of any bills important to municipalities still pending.
Karen Horn, Director, Public Policy and Advocacy, VLCT, Gwyn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, VLCT. 0.5 CM credit eligible.
Saving Energy in Vermont’s Buildings: Guidance for Municipalities on Vermont Building Energy Standards
Act 89 of 2016 instructs administrative officers to provide copies of either residential or commercial building energy standards to applicants when they obtain locally issued zoning permits, and to ensure compliance before issuing a certificate of occupancy after construction is complete. This law has raised several issues from administrative officers across the state. In this session you will learn about municipal responsibilities concerning this law and your role in making Vermont buildings more energy efficient.
Steve Spatz, Residential Energy Consultant, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. 0.75 CM credit eligible.
From the Docket: Lessons Learned from the E-Division
Thomas Durkin from the Environmental Division of the Superior Court will describe the elements that make up a thorough decision. He will address an array of topics including how cases work through the court system, the role of municipalities in the appeal process, and how towns proceed in court when they are not represented by legal counsel. Judge Durkin 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, Presiding Judge, Environmental Division, Superior Court. 1.5 CM law credit eligible.
Vermont Clean Water Act Requirements Update
The deadline for municipalities to institute several Vermont Clean Water Act requirements is rapidly approaching. In this session, we will review Municipal Roads General Permit timelines and fees as well as the reissuance process for those municipalities subject to the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit. We will also report on the status of the general permit required for existing impervious surfaces of three or more acres.
Christy Witters, Planning, Municipal and Technical Program Coordinator, Vt. Department of Environmental Conservation. 1.0 CM law credit eligible.
Effective Zoning Enforcement
Enforcement is often the bane of the busy administrative officer. In our last session, we will outline the typical steps in the enforcement process, when the administrative officer can seek assistance, and recommend strategies for successfully enforcing your land use regulations.
James F. Carroll, Esq., Carroll, Boe and Pell, P.C. 1.25 CM law credit eligible.
NOTE: 1.5 CM law credits are required in each two-year reporting period. Although a certain number of 'regular' CM credits earned beyond those required may be carried over into subsequent reporting periods, this is not the case for the required law and ethics credits. The required 1.5 CM credits for both law and ethics must be earned in each two-year reporting period.
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