FALL PLANNING & ZONING FORUM

APA Northern New England Chapter

#9163961

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT

Fairlee, VT, United States

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Overview

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.

Session 1:  Local Regulation of Working Farms: A Changing Landscape
In this session, we will review the Act 143 provisions related to regulating accessory on-farm businesses and the role of municipal land use officials in implementation. This 2018 law has raised questions from administrative officers and planning commissioners from across the state. The panelists will provide examples of ways to comply with the law, including revisions to municipal land use regulations that may be necessary. A representative from the Agency of Agriculture will discuss its role in implementing the law. 1.25 CM

Session 2:  Planning for Vibrant, Inclusive CommunitiesIn this session, representatives from the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) will summarize the federal and state requirements that apply to fair housing, as well as the economic and community benefits of inclusive housing. They will also present land use planning approaches that can ensure availability of affordable housing options, including hamlets, tiny houses, inclusionary zoning, mixed use development, accessory dwellings, and housing committees. 1.5 CM

Session 3:  Role and Responsibilities of a Zoning Administrator
The role of a zoning administrator can vary greatly from town to town, depending on the municipality and selectboard, but all have the same minimum statutory duties that they must fulfill. In this session, we will review those duties defined by state statute and share examples of job descriptions that include additional duties. There will be plenty of time for discussion, so please bring your questions and experiences. 1.25 CM

Session 4:  Signs, Signs, Everywhere are Signs
Sign regulations can range from general to specific, and can pose constitutional concerns if they contain content-based restrictions on protected speech. In our final session of the day, our speaker will explain the legal parameters of regulating signs in light of U.S. Supreme Court cases Reed et al. v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona, et al. (2015) and Minnesota Voters Alliance et al. v. Mansky et al. (2018).  1.0 CM

 

Speakers

Ron Rodjenski

Ron Rodjenski has worked with small municipal governments since 1989 as Town Administrator in both Chittenden County and Lamoille County. Currently, the Hyde Park Town Administrator, Ron assists the planning commission, selectboard, and development review board, and is the town zoning administrator. Ron most enjoys assisting property owners navigate the ... Read More

Stephanie Smith

Stephanie Smith is a Chief Policy Enforcement Officer at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets where she participates in the development and implementation policies and programs supportive of the agricultural industry. She worked for municipal governments in a variety of capacities for over 10 years, including in the Municipal ... Read More

Alex Weinhagen

Alex Weinhagen is the Director of Planning and Zoning for Hinesburg, Vermont – a town of 4,500 people in southern Chittenden County. Like most small town planners, Alex wears several different hats, from land use planning to development review to GIS map making to economic development to neighbor dispute therapy ... Read More

Susan Senning

Susan Senning accepted the Staff Attorney I position with VLCT’s Municipal Assistance Center in July 2018. Before then, she served as the Town of Waitsfield’s Planning and Zoning Administrator for seven years; in addition to the ZA functions, Susan also staffed the DRB and PC. During that time ... Read More

Ed Adrian

Ed Adrian, Esq. helps municipal clients grapple with legal issues throughout Vermont, from Highgate to Wilmington. Ed previously served as the Chief Prosecuting Attorney with the Vermont Secretary of State’s, Office of Professional Regulation. Prior to his service with the State of Vermont, Ed was an associate attorney at ... Read More

Jessica Hyman

Jessica Hyman is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Fair Housing Project (FHP), a statewide program of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO). She has spent more than a decade in community development, including working with municipal and school groups on community-based gardens and food security efforts ... Read More

Jessica Hyman

Jessica Hyman is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Fair Housing Project (FHP), a statewide program of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO). She has spent more than a decade in community development, including working with municipal and school groups on community-based gardens and food security efforts ... Read More

Steve Lotspeich

Steve Lotspeich is the Community Planner for the Town of Waterbury, Vermont, a position he has held for the past 25 years. He is a registered Landscape Architect and has been in public service in the fields of Planning and Landscape Architecture for a total of 34 years at the ... Read More

Mardee Sanchez

Mardee Sanchez started working for the Town of Randolph in 1995, first as Town Engineer then, in 1996, she was also hired as ZA. In addition to these two positions, Mardee serves as Sign Officer and E911 Coordinator. She had previously served as Sewage Officer before the State took over ... Read More

Ted Wimpey

Ted Wimpey is Director of the Fair Housing Project (FHP), a statewide program of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO). He has spent close to three decades working on a variety of housing services, issues, and advocacy, as well as training and education efforts for tenants, law enforcement ... Read More

Contact Info

Lee Krohn, leekrohn1@gmail.com