ACT 250 OVERREACH

Vermont Public reports:

A Senate committee has advanced a wide-ranging housing bill that sets the stage for yet another debate in Montpelier over the future of the state’s 50-year-old land-use development law: Act 250.

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Members of the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs voted unanimously Wednesday to approve legislation that rolls back Act 250 jurisdiction over potentially large housing developments in downtowns and village centers.

“We really have a system where one neighbor or a couple people can say, ‘No, I just don’t like that apartment building next to me,’ and stop it," he said. "And we know how much struggle there is right now for folks to find housing… And this goes a long way in that direction. It’s the most progress I’ve seen since I’ve been doing this work for 20 years,” said Josh Hanford, Vermont Commission on Housing and Community Development.

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