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H.669

Introduced by Representative Kitzmiller of Montpelier

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Municipal and county government; historic downtown program

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to amend the downtown program to extend the duration of designation from three to five years and add the state historic preservation officer to the downtown development board.

AN ACT RELATING TO THE VERMONT HISTORIC DOWNTOWN

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  24 V.S.A. § 2792(a) is amended to read:

(a)  A “Vermont downtown development board,” also referred to as the “state board,” is created to administer the provisions of this chapter.  The state board members shall be the following permanent members, or their designees:

(1)  The secretary of commerce and community development;

(2)  The secretary of transportation;

(3)  The secretary of natural resources;

(4)  The secretary of human services;

(5)  The commissioner of public safety;

(6)  The commissioner of housing and community affairs; and

(7)  The state historic preservation officer; and

(8)  Three public members representative of local government, one of whom shall be designated by the Vermont league of cities and towns, and two shall be appointed by the governor.

Sec. 2.  24 V.S.A. § 2793(c) is amended to read:

(c)  The state board shall review a community’s designation every three five years and may review compliance with the designation requirements at more frequent intervals.  If at any time the state board determines that the downtown development district no longer meets the standards for designation established in subsection (b) of this section, it may take any of the following actions:

(1)  require corrective action;

(2)  provide technical assistance through the Vermont downtown program; or

(3)  limit eligibility for the benefits established in section 2794 of this chapter, with the limitation not affecting any of the district’s previously awarded benefits; or

(4)  remove the district’s designation, with such removal not affecting any of the district’s previously awarded benefits.

Sec. 3.  24 V.S.A. § 2793a(d) is amended to read:

(d)  The state board shall review a village center designation every three five years and may review compliance with the designation requirements at more frequent intervals.  If, at the any time of the review, the state board determines that the village center no longer meets the standards for designation established in subsection (a) of this section, it may take any of the following actions:

(1)  require corrective action;

(2)  provide technical assistance through the Vermont downtown program; or

(3)  limit eligibility for the benefits pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, with such limitation not affecting any of the village center’s previously awarded benefits; or

(4)  remove the village center’s designation, with such removal not affecting any of the village center’s previously awarded benefits.

Sec. 4.  24 V.S.A. § 2793b(d) is amended to read:

(d)  The state board shall review a new town center designation every three five years and may review compliance with the designation requirements at more frequent intervals.  If at any time the state board determines the new town center no longer meets the standards for designation established in subsection (b) of this section, it may take any of the following actions:

(1)  require corrective action;

(2)  provide technical assistance through the Vermont downtown program; or

(3)  limit eligibility for the benefits pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, with such limitation not affecting any of the new town center’s previously awarded benefits; or

(4)  remove the new town center’s designation, with such removal not affecting any of the town center’s previously awarded benefits.

Sec. 5.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect upon passage.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us