State Planning and Policy
Report of the Commission on Act 250: The Next 50 Years
The report includes the following sections: this summary; a description of the Commission’s charge; a description of the Commission’s activities, including its public engagement process; and four sections on the tasks assigned to it by Act 47. These four sections consist of: (1) tasks related to the original goals of Act 250 and overarching issues, (2) issues on the Act 250 criteria, (3) issues on jurisdiction, and (4) issues on process, interface with other permitting programs and appeals.
VPA Recommendations to the Commission on Act 250: The Next 50 Years
The Vermont Planners Association (VPA), as one of the appointed advisors to the Commission on Act 250 under Act 47 of 2017, respectfully submits the attached recommendations to the Commission for consideration in preparing your final report to the Vermont Legislature. Act 250 remains relevant and vitally important to protect statewide interests (lands, facilities and resources), to further statewide goals (resource protection, land conservation, development); and to provide a consistent and comprehensive, professional level of development review, especially where there is little or no municipal capacity to regulate development. Act 250 has not been effective at meeting statewide land use and development goals, as referenced under the Capability and Development Plan (10 V.S.A. § 6042); or as more recently articulated in the Vermont Planning and Development Act (24 VSA § 4302).