APA Northern New England Chapter


Wednesday, May 23, 2018
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT

RUTLAND, VT, United States

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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.




Karen Horn

Karen Horn, Director of VLCT Public Policy & Advocacy, earned a BA from McGill University and an MA from UVM. Karen joined VLCT in the last century, working even before then at the VT Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) and MA Executive Office of Communities and Development (EOCD). She ... Read More

Gwyn Zakov

Gwynn Zakov joined VLCT in January 2014 as Staff Attorney I. Gwynn graduated from Trinity University, TX (BA, 2003) and Vermont Law School (JD, MSEL, 2008). She served over five years as Second Assistant Clerk of the Vermont House of Representatives and is a former Zoning Administrator for Richmond. She ... Read More

Steve Spatz

Steve Spatz is a Residential Energy Consultant with the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, working as a consultant in both the Residential New Construction and Existing Homes programs with Efficiency Vermont. Prior to coming to work at VEIC, Steve owned and operated Redbarn Design and Build Inc., a residential construction and ... Read More

Thomas Durkin

Thomas S. Durkin was sworn in by Vermont Governor James Douglas on January 31, 2005 to become Vermont’s second Environmental Judge. What is now known as the Environmental Division of the Vermont Superior Court was first established in 1990. Its jurisdiction includes appeals from municipal zoning and planning decisions ... Read More

Christy Witters

Christy Witters is the Municipal Stormwater Permitting Coordinator for the Vermont Department of Conservation (DEC). She manages both municipal and industrial stormwater permitting in the state, including the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit, the Municipal Roads General Permit (MRGP), and Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP). Christy has worked in ... Read More

Jim Carroll

James F. Carroll, Esq. Jim is a shareholder/director of Carroll, Boe & Pell, P.C., in Middlebury, Vermont where he has been in private practice since 1985. He received a BA from the University of Vermont in 1977 and a JD Magna Cum Laude from the Vermont Law School in ... Read More

Contact Info

Lee Krohn, lkrohn@ccrpcvt.org