The committee that has been working on the revision of Act 250 for two years has signed off on and voted it out - but not in complete accord. The bill still has a long way to go.
"“I would do this a different way, but it’s politics. It’s the art of the possible,” said committee chair Amy Sheldon (D-Middlebury). “We have to make compromises that meet people’s needs, and that’s what we’ve done.” She was referring largely to the decision to strip the nine volunteer district commissions of their ability to decide the fate of complex projects. Instead, a five-member statewide Natural Resources Board made up of three new full-time commissioners plus two commissioners from the region where a project is proposed would call the shots. Local commissions would still preside over minor Act 250 permits that are typically less controversial.
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