- The Regional Planning
Commission. Regional planning commissions are created by vote of the legislative body
or voters of each of a number of contiguous municipalities, upon the written approval of
the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. 24 V.S.A. § 4341, et. seq. There are
twelve regional planning commissions in Vermont and each commission is made of up at least
one representative appointed from each member municipality. The regional planning
commission assists and advises municipalities in all aspects of planning for future
growth. It conducts capacity studies, and prepares a regional plan, considers regional
land use issues, local growth center identification and evaluation, economic development,
natural resource issues, public/private sector cooperation, and reviews Act 250 projects.
The regional commission also serves as a GIS Service Center and a U.S. Census Data Center
and provides professional assistance and opinions on local ordinances and bylaw
administration. Finally, the regional commission assists towns in obtaining and
administering grant funds for community development, housing, economic development,
capital improvements, recreation, etc.
Council of Regional Commissions. The Council of
Regional Commissions is made up of a representative from each regional commission and
three members appointed by the Governor who are state agency or department heads and two
members representing the public. The council mediates disputes between municipalities,
state agencies and regional commissions, and reviews proposed state agency and regional
plans or amendments.
The Environmental Court. The Environmental
Court is a trial level court that was created in 1989 to review environmental appeals and
enforcement actions including local zoning and land use matters. 4 V.S.A. § 1001 and 10
V.S.A. § 8001 et seq. All appeals from decisions of local boards are appealed to the
Marge Hayes Heindel,
Arlene H. Degree,
Williston Town Clerk
for your many years of service!
It is people like you who make
* We would like to recognize retiring local
officials who have long served their towns. Please let us know if there is someone in your
town who should be included in "Opinions."
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