The Public Policy Committee has recently focused on specific changes to Act 250 that will encourage business growth and development. The Committee very much appreciates Representative Peter Fagan’s (Rutland City) work with Legislative Council, the results of which both the Public Policy Committee and the Rutland Delegation strongly support.
H.665 has been introduced by Representative Fagan. The Rutland County Delegation has signed on in support. The bill specifically “proposes to require the District Environmental Commissions under 10 V.S.A. chapter 151 (Act 250) to issue a decision on an application within 20 days following the close of a hearing, to allow them to grant land use permits on condition that other State approvals are received, and to direct that certain State and municipal permits and approvals constitute conclusive evidence on specified Act 250 criteria.” See the full reading…
To support the goal of protecting Vermont’s brand we need strategic and incremental growth of business and industry, which in turn can contribute to maintaining the way of life to which we have become accustomed, it is essential that we grow the tax base upon which financial support can be drawn. Businesses and local leaders tell us that a leading contributor to limited private investment, job and wage growth, and productivity is the lack of predictable, timely, and cost-effective permitting procedures at the state level. Members of the Public Policy Committee have attended hearings on the “Commission on Act 250: The Next 50 Years” and have provided written testimony. The Public Policy Committee looks forward to actively engaging in upcoming forums.
Comments or questions can be directed to Lyle Jepson, Dean of Entrepreneurial Programs – Castleton University and Executive Director of Rutland Economic Development Corporation or Mary Cohen, Executive Director of the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce.