Introduced by Senator Snelling of Chittenden District, Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District, Senator Miller of Chittenden District and Senator Scott of Washington District
Subject: Conservation; development; Act 250; land use panel
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to require the land use panel of the natural resources board to conduct a study to evaluate the effectiveness of the state’s development control laws. This is to include: assessing development trends and comparing them with the Act 200 goals, recommending ways to encourage implementation of smart growth principles on a regional level, identifying problems with the existing regulatory system and development issues not adequately addressed by the status quo, and making recommendations for effective means to address cumulative growth.
AN ACT RELATING TO EVALUATING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE STATE’S PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT LAWS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. REPORT ON DEVELOPMENT IN THE STATE
(a) The land use panel of the natural resources board is directed to conduct a process, with adequate opportunity for public input, to evaluate the effect and effectiveness of the state’s development control laws in general, and of Act 250 in particular. As part of this process, the panel shall:
(1) Assess the state’s development trends, compare those trends with the land use goals established under 24 V.S.A. § 4302, and identify areas with respect to which progress is not being made in attaining the goals.
(2) Evaluate the effects and the effectiveness of the state’s planning and development laws and make appropriate recommendations.
(3) Consider and recommend ways to encourage implementation of smart growth principles on a regional level.
(4) Identify special or unique problems with the current regulatory system as well as development issues that are not adequately addressed by existing laws, and recommend special or revised processes to address those issues.
(5) Evaluate the effectiveness of state law in addressing cumulative growth, and make appropriate recommendations.
(b) The panel will submit its report and recommendations to the general assembly by no later than January 15, 2007.
The Vermont General Assembly
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