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NRB and ANR Issue Legislative Report on Improving Vermont's Environmental Protection Process

Pursuant to JRH.19, the Natural Resources Board and Agency of Natural Resources have issued a Report to the Legislature on Improving the Environmental Protection Process in Vermont. The report provides a menu of options for making process improvements. If you have comments on the report, or on the environmental protection process, please send us your comments.

Examples of permit processes we are looking at include Act 250 and other land-use permits, state air and water-related permits, and other permits needed for small and large-scale projects. Our goal is to maintain the current standards and criteria so important to Vermonters and the Vermont brand while making the process:

  • more efficient
  • more effective
  • more user-friendly
  • more open
  • better coordinated
  • quicker and less costly
We want your thoughts on how we can achieve these goals. Questions include:
  • What works well and what works poorly with Vermont’s environmental and land use permitting systems?
  • How can a permit process best assure transparency and citizen input?
  • How can a permit process best assure predictability and a timely response?
  • Should the process be the same for a routine environmental permit, like residential wastewater, as it is for a more complex permit, like an Act 250 or other permit(s) for a large, complex project?

We invite you to submit your ideas and detailed comments by e-mail to: Environmental Protection Process Comments. You can also submit your comments in writing to:

Natural Resources Board
National Life Records Center Building
National Life Drive
Montpelier, Vermont 05620-3201

ATTN: Environmental Protection Process Comments

Please note that your comments may be shared with others.

As part of this process we will also be holding public meetings around the State. Please see below for the public meeting schedule.

Focus Group Comments

View 7/15/11 (AM) Regulated Community Focus Group Comments
View 7/15/11 (PM) Attorney Focus Group Comments
View 7/20/11 Professionals/Consultants Focus Group Comments
View 8/2/11 (AM) Environmental Organization Focus Group Comments
View 8/2/11 (PM) Municipal and Regional Planning Focus Group Comments
View 8/3/11 Housing Organizations Focus Group Comments
View 8/9/11 State Agency Focus Group Comments
View 8/10/11 District Commission Focus Group Comments
View 9/13/11 District Environmental Coordinators Focus Group Comments
View 9/14/11 American Council of Engineering Companies of Vermont (ACEC VT)Focus Group Comments

Meeting Comments

View November 7, 2011 Meeting Comments
View October 29, 2011 Meeting Comments
View October 27, 2011 Meeting Comments
View October 20, 2011 Meeting Comments
View October 18, 2011 Meeting Comments
View October 11, 2011 Meeting Comments
View October 6, 2011 Meeting Comments

Public Comments

Click here to view public comments.

Public Meeting Schedule

St. Albans: Thursday, October 6, 2011, 7 – 9 p.m.
St. Albans Town Hall, Board Room
579 Lake Road
St. Albans, VT

Williston: Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 7 – 9 p.m.
Williston Central School Auditorium
195 Central School Drive
Williston, VT

St. Johnsbury: Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 7 – 9 p.m.
Catamount Arts Building, Cabaret Room (downstairs)
115 Eastern Avenue
St. Johnsbury, VT

Rutland: Thursday, October 20, 2011, 7 – 9 p.m.
Asa Bloomer State Office Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room
88 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT

Brattleboro: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 7 – 9 p.m.
Brattleboro Union High School, Multipurpose Room
131 Fairground Rd., Brattleboro, VT

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