§4020. State agency planning and coordination

Link to law: http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/03/067/04020
Published: 2015

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4020. State agency planning and coordination

(a) State

agencies that have programs or take actions affecting land use, as determined

by executive order of the governor, shall engage in a continuing planning

process to assure that those programs and actions are consistent with the goals

established in 24 V.S.A. § 4302 and compatible with regional and approved

municipal plans, as those terms are defined in that section. This planning

process shall be coordinated, in a manner established by executive order of the

governor, with the planning process of other agencies and of regional and

municipal entities of the regions in which the programs and actions are to have


(b) In the

process of preparing plans or amendments to plans, a state agency shall hold at

least two public hearings which are noticed as provided in 3 V.S.A. § 839 for

administrative rules, but plans shall not be adopted as administrative rules

under 3 V.S.A. chapter 25. Specific notice also shall be provided to the

following, at least 30 days prior to the public hearing:

(1) the

executive director of each regional planning commission;

(2) the

department of housing and community affairs within the agency of commerce and

community development;

(3) the council

of regional commissions; and

(4) business,

conservation, low-income advocacy and other community or interest groups or

organizations that have requested notice prior to the date the hearing is


(c) Any of the

foregoing bodies, or their representatives, may submit comments on the proposed

plan or amendment, and may appear and be heard in any proceeding with respect

to the adoption of the proposed plan or amendment. State agencies shall use an

informal working format at locations convenient and accessible to the public in

order to provide opportunities for all persons and organizations with an

interest in their plans and actions to participate. (Added 1987, No. 200 (Adj.

Sess.), § 28, eff. July 1, 1989; amended 1995, No. 190 (Adj. Sess.), § 1(a).)