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40th Anniversary Act 250 Conference To Be Held At Statehouse On October 21, 2009

CONTACT: Scot Kline, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-3186

October 20, 2009

The Office of the Vermont Attorney General, Vermont Bar Association and Vermont Law School are co-sponsoring a daylong conference on Act 250, Act 250: 40th Anniversary Past, Present and Future, on October 21, 2009 at the House Chamber in Montpelier. The conference is designed to look at Act 250's history and the broad public policy questions surrounding the landmark land use law in light of its 40th anniversary in 2010.

"We thought that with Act 250 turning 40 this coming year, this was a good time to take stock of the law, assess how it has done over the past forty years and look to the future and how to meet the new land use challenges faced by the state," said Attorney General William H. Sorrell. "We are expecting a lively discussion given that people disagree about how well Act 250 has performed and how it should be used in the future," he added.

The program will include introductory remarks by Attorney General William H. Sorrell and have four substantive sessions:

(1) Act 250 – Vision and Reality, the history of its passage and changes through the years; how Act 250 has evolved since its enactment;

(2) Act 250 and Planning, how planning was originally envisioned and what has happened, including a comparative analysis of several other states’ land use regulatory structures;

(3) Impact of the Regulatory Process, discussion of the evolution and effect of the regulatory and enforcement processes under Act 250; and

(4) Future of Act 250; where do we go from here with Act 250 in facing the challenges of Vermont in the 21st Century.

The sessions will have well noted panel members, including legislators, regulators, planners, academics, media and practitioners, with diverse views, led by a moderator. Panel members include Governor Thomas Salmon, Senator Virginia Lyons, and Representative David Deen.

The conference runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the House Chamber.

Link to program flier: Files/WebPages/CLE/2009seminar/102109act250.pdf

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