Act 250: What's Next? Striking the best balance for Vermont's Communities, Environment, and Economy

APA Northern New England Chapter


Thursday, May 24, 2018
8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT

South Royalton, VT, United States

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This "working conference" is intended to acknowledge the existence of Vermont's unique land use law, Act 250, for nearly 50 years; examine its history, accomplishments, and challenges; and work to determine how this law can serve us best for the next 50 years and beyond. Speakers include a variety of observers and participants from various sectors and perspectives; and the primary afternoon session is designed for attendees to participate actively in discussion about past, present, and most importantly, the future...and how Act 250 can best serve Vermont going forward.


After introductions, there will be a retrospective of the past 50 years -- stories and heroics of the law, especially from the early years.

Business Perspectives, Act 250's Future:  moderated by the editor of a statewide news media, this panel includes a major construction contractor, architect, and representatives of the ski and housing industries.

Outside Perspectives, what's happening elsewhere from which we can learn:  moderated by the director of a statewide environmental organization, this panel includes land use experts from Washington state, Maryland, and Maine.

Vermont's Emerging Trends:  Maps to Think About -- the lunchtime speaker is the director of the state's mapping center.

Breakout Sessions:   these deep dives into active, small group discussions will serve to clarify issues, identify areas needing research and inquiry, and coalesce commonly-held recommendations into improvements to make and actions to take. These will be active working groups, not passive listening sessions, to take advantage of the collective wisdom and experience of conference participants.





Rob Woolmington

Rob Woolmington is the managing director of Woolmington, Campbell, Bent & Stasny, PC, in Manchester. His law practice focuses on land-use, environmental, energy and municipal law. Rob has maintained an active Act 250 practice for more than 30 years. His Vermont Supreme Court cases include In re B&M Realty, LLC (reversing Env. Ct. and denying Act 250 permit for commercial development that would violate regional plan); In re Hamm Mine Act 250 Jurisdiction (affirming Act 250 jurisdiction over adverse environmental effects of former talc mine after expiration of permit); In re Killington Ltd. (affirming denial of ski area development project that would have destroyed critical ... Read More

Brian Shupe

Brian Shupe, Executive Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council. Most recently Brian served as Sustainable Communities Director and Deputy Director at VNRC. Brian has over twenty years of professional planning experience. He began his career in Florida, where he received an M.S, in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State ... Read More

Diane Snelling

In a move that will create further electoral intrigue in the state’s most populous county, Chittenden County Sen. Diane Snelling, a Republican, has resigned from the Vermont Senate in order to take a new role as new chairwoman of the Natural Resources Board. In a news release announcing the ... Read More

David Mears

Professor Mears specializes in environmental law and policy. He has experience in the major pollution laws (air quality, water quality and hazardous waste management and cleanup), water resources law, federal facilities regulation, and state and federal sovereignty. As the former Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic here ... Read More

Amy Sheldon

Representative Amy Sheldon is the Chair of the Vermont Commission on Act 250: the next 50 years Read More

Josh Brower

Josh Brower, Esq.; Attorney-at-Law, Seattle, WA; 206.498.1804 · Josh started his land use career in 1987 by taking time off from his senior year at Hampshire College to work as the assistant to Vermont’s State Land Use Attorney and then to intern with Governor Kunin ... Read More

Rob Sanford

Department of Environmental Science and Policy Robert Sanford Ph.D. Professor rsanford "at" Academic Degrees • Ph.D., Environmental Science, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse • M.S., Environmental Science, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse • B.A., Anthropology (Summa cum laude), SUNY, Potsdam Profile ... Read More

Dru Schmidt-Perkins

Dru Schmidt-Perkins served as 1000 Friends of Maryland’s Executive Director for 19 years, during which time she helped to develop a broad-based coalition approach to policy change. Dru led the efforts to pass state and local smart growth reforms, progressive transportation laws, and innovative septic system policies. This included ... Read More

John Adams

John Adams is the Director of the Vermont Center for Geographic Information! Most recently, John served as Planning and Policy Manager at the Department of Housing and Community Development within the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. John brings to VCGI experience and enthusiasm for using data and mapping to ... Read More

Mark Delaney

Mark R. Delaney is Chief of corporate matters & mountain guest experience, Smugglers Notch Resort/Ski Area Mark joined Smugglers' in 1978 after obtaining a BS degree in Recreation Management. He is responsible for coordinating all planning and development activities from the research stage through permitting, design, construction, environmental compliance and ... Read More

Bob Duncan

My path to a career in architecture was based less in dream or desire and more based in the rational view of knowing I enjoyed construction, but couldn't imagine a life spent entirely in that world. My interest in drawing, coupled with my interest in construction, seemed to lead ... Read More

Kathy Beyer

Vice President for Development, Housing Vermont, a nonprofit syndication and development company founded in 1988, creates permanently affordable rental housing and enables investments in economic and community development to benefit Vermonters through partnerships with local organizations, public agencies and the private sector. This highly successful partnership has produced 6,000 ... Read More

Jeanne Morrissey

Jeanne Morrissey is President of JA Morrissey, Inc. General Contracting and Construction Services Jeanne A. Morrissey, P.E. has managed a variety of project types, sizes and contracts over 30 years. In the spring of 2012, Jeanne introduced President Obama to a large group of excited Vermonters making for the ... Read More

Anne Galloway

Anne Galloway is the founder and editor of VTDigger and the executive director of the Vermont Journalism Trust. Galloway founded VTDigger in 2009 after she was laid off from her position as Sunday editor of the Rutland Herald and Times Argus. VTDigger has grown from a $16,000 a year ... Read More

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