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Criterion 9(L) Guidance


Guidance (PDF)

10 V.S.A. Sec. 6086b. -- Downtown Development District Findings


ACT 250 NOTICE; §6086b Downtown Development Findings; APPLICATION #3W1096; The Village at White River Junction and Main Street Renaissance, LLC

Act 250 Submission Guidelines

Applicants must submit 1 paper original and 1 electronic copy of each Act 250 application to the pertinent District Office (with the exception of District 2, which has an entirely paperless application submission process and no paper copies should be submitted in District 2). The electronic copy facilitates on-line access to Act 250 files for applicants, state agency staff, and the general public. The new comprehensive Application Guide contains newly adopted “Electronic Submission Guidelines” to provide applicants with specific instructions for preparing and submitting the electronic and paper versions of the application. The Guide, which is particularly helpful for first-time applicants, also includes contact information for other state agencies.

The Act 250 Application Form is a PDF fillable form automatically adjusts the questions and required information depending on the nature of the project. Schedule G is now a separate form that is downloadable from our website and must be saved to your computer, completed, and submitted, as instructed, to the Statutory Parties List. The new Act 250 Application Form is downloadable from our website and must be saved to your computer, completed, and submitted, as instructed, to the District Office. The PDF form also meets the requirements for the electronic copy of the application required according to the Guide above.

Please note that the PDF forms require Adobe Reader version 8.1 or higher to function properly. You can download the latest version of Reader for your system from Adobe Corporation.

To avoid losing any information you enter into the Act 250 Application and Schedule G forms, always save the forms to your computer before you start filling them in, and remember to save often thereafter while completing them.

You can save the forms to your computer by clicking on the link above and opening the form in your browser, or, if you are using a browser that does not open PDF-fillable forms (e.g., Google Chrome), right-click on the link and choose the option from the drop-down menu that allows you to save the form to your computer. Once saved to your computer, use Adobe Reader to fill in the form.

Communications facilities that meet Act 250 jurisdictional thresholds (see Jurisdictional Summary for Communications Facilities below for more information) must obtain a permit if the facility is not being reviewed by the Public Service Board (Sec. 248). If you are applying to construct such a communications facility, you should use the Communications Facilities Application, also available in two formats: Microsoft Word and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF).

The Certificate of Actual Construction Costs must be filed within 1 month after construction has been substantially completed or 2 years from the date of the permit, whichever occurs first.

For permit applications which were complete prior to July 1, 2015, use this Certificate to report actual construction costs: Certificate of Actual Construction Costs (prior to July 1, 2015).

For permit applications which were complete on or after July 1, 2015, use this Certificate to report actual construction costs: Certificate of Actual Construction Costs (July 1, 2015 or after).

Please note that the Certification of Construction Costs form requires Adobe Reader version 8.1 or higher in order to function properly. You can download the latest version of Reader for your system as noted above.

Application Revision History is available here.

Act 250 Application Forms and Resources

Act 250 Application Form (see Application Guide for instructions)

Schedule G “Notice of Application Filing” Form

Exhibit List

District Statutory Email List (District 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9)

- District 1

- District 2

- District 3

- District 4

- District 5

- District 6

- District 7

- District 8

- District 9

Application Guide

We do not anticipate many parties requesting paper copies, but wish to ensure that all participants continue to have access to application information. When there are requests for aspects of the applications or filings by parties to be printed in paper format, the District Office Technicians will contact applicants/parties.

Party Status Petition (And Hearing Request if Minor Application)

Use this template form to prepare a written party status petition or a request for a hearing on a minor application.

Report on Improving Vermont’s Environmental Protection Process

Legislative Report Prepared Pursuant to JRH.19 (R-264) (December 16, 2011)

Criterion 9(B) - Primary Agricultural Soils Information

The Natural Resources Board has prepared or revised the following guidance materials to implement Criteria 9(B) and 9(C).

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) links:

District Commission Training Manual

The District Commission Training Manual is a new reference for District Environmental Commissioners, including chapters on each of the 10 criteria as well as legal issues, policies, and procedures. It also serves as a guide for Act 250 participants and others seeking a comprehensive source of information about the law and its implementation.

E-Note Index

The E-Note Index provides brief annotations of key legal conclusions contained in Environmental Board decisions from 1970 to the present (through 1/25/2016). The Index is arranged in major categories covering topics such as Jurisdiction, Party Status, Permits, and the 10 Criteria. The Index is available to download in two formats, as described below. Please be aware that the full E-Note Index is a 400-page document so it may take several minutes to load, depending on your connection speed.

Please note that pursuant to the provisions of Act 115 (2004), "Prior decisions of the environmental board, water resources board, and waste facilities panel shall be given the same weight and consideration as prior decisions of the environmental court." See 10 V.S.A Sec. 8504(l).

E-NOTE INDEX DOWNLOAD FORMATS

E-Note Index MS Word Format
E-Note Index Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)

Act 250 Permit Process Survey Form

The Act 250 Permit Process Survey form is available to download in Microsoft Word and PDF formats. Instructions for mailing or emailing this form are included. This form provides an opportunity for applicants, parties, and others to give us important feedback on the Act 250 permit process. If you have participated in the permit process and have comments for us, please fill out a form and send it to us!

Act 250 Annual Report

The Natural Resources Board Annual Report is submitted in February of each year to the Governor and key legislative committees. The Annual Report includes statistics regarding Act 250 applications and processing times, appeals, fees received, and enforcement activity during the past year.

1 and 10 Acre Town List

Download the 1 and 10 Acre Town List showing which towns in Vermont are "one acre towns" and which are "ten acre towns" for Act 250 jurisdictional purposes.

Off-Site Mitigation Report

The Vermont Department of Agriculture, Food and Markets and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board have recently published a report entitled Act 250 Off-Site Mitigation Under Criterion 9(B): A Report by the Vermont Department of Agriculture, Food and Markets and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board. This report examines the impact of off-site mitigation agreements, which have been used since 1991 to protect primary agricultural soils under Criterion 9(B) of Act 250.

Act 250 Fact Sheet for Small Businesses

The Act 250 Fact Sheet for Small Business (PDF) is a publication prepared by the Vermont Environmental Assistance Partnership.

General Act 250 Information

Hearing Information (PDF)
Jurisdiction Categories (PDF)

Links to Related Publications

Agency of Natural Resources Permit Handbook
This handbook contains very helpful information sheets for all ANR permit programs.

ANR/Act 250 Project Review Sheet
The Project Review Sheet is a form which is completed by ANR and Act 250 staff to advise applicants about required permits. THIS FORM SHOULD NOT BE COMPLETED BY APPLICANTS.

Note: The free document viewer Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view the Project Review Sheet. If you do not have the Reader you should download the latest version for your system from Adobe Corporation.

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