Act 250

The CCRPC reviews Act 250 development applications as part of an effective regional planning process for the betterment of Chittenden County. Each of Vermont’s eleven Regional Planning Commissions is a party by right which may appear and participate in the Act 250 proceeding of a proposed development whose site is located either in or on the boundaries with a municipality that is a member of that Regional Planning Commission [“Act 250 Environmental Board Rule 14(A)(3)”]. In addition, pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 4345a(13) all RPCs “shall appear before district environmental commissions to aid them in making a determination as to the conformance of developments and subdivisions with the criteria of 10 V.S.A. § 6086.”

See CCRPC’s Act 250 Review Policy below for information on the areas where CCRPC focuses their review.


RESOURCES


CONTACT

For more information on the CCRPC’s Act 250 review process, please contact Regina Mahony, Planning Program Manager, at (802) 846-4490 x *28.


BACKGROUND

Vermont experienced new growth in the 1960s, which brought many important planning issues to the forefront. Vermonters are sensitive to the link between the natural and human environments; many people were concerned that this link was threatened and, in the absence of a mechanism to protect or strengthen this relationship, development was proceeding apace. The steadfastness of concerned Vermont natives began to gain recognition with the State government in the late 1960s.

Prior to 1970, there were no State-level environmental regulations or land use controls in Vermont. In 1970, Vermont enacted the Land Use and Development Law (commonly known as Act 250). That law created nine District Commissions and an Environmental Board tasked to review development applications based on 10 criteria specified in Act 250.