The Vermont Statutes Online
Conservation and Development
123. Powers and duties
(b) The purposes
of the Center shall be to:
(1) assure that
all VGIS data are of high quality and are compatible with, useful to, and
shared with other public-sector and private-sector data users;
(2) encourage the
same high standards of quality and compatibility in other Vermont GIS
(3) promote the
efficient development and use of geographic information by agencies of the
State, its political subdivisions, Vermont businesses and citizens;
the growth of commercial services within Vermont for the provision of spatial
data, products, and services.
(c) Within the
limits of available resources, the Center shall operate a program of standards
development, data dissemination, and quality assurance, and shall perform the
(1) Provide or
ensure provision of geographic information products and services to Vermont
citizens, to local and regional planning organizations, to State government, to
the federal government, and to private businesses and industries.
procedures for access to the VGIS. Those procedures shall ensure that VGIS data
are readily available for the purposes of 24 V.S.A. chapter 117, as well as for
the support of efficient and economical geographic analysis and decision making
by government, business, and citizens of Vermont, at a reasonable cost and in
publish, maintain, and implement such VGIS standards as are necessary to assure
that data are compatible with, useful to, and shared with all users of VGIS
data, including geographic data standards relating to scale, accuracy, coding,
documentation, data format, and physical media.
developing relevant policies, procedures, and standards, seek the consultation
of institutions of higher learning, local government, local and regional
planning, private business and industry, and other members of the public with
an interest in or knowledge of GIS technology.
(5) For all
geographic data that are or may be useful to the Center's users, and that have
been collected by any part of State government or generated with State support,
ensure that such data:
developed and maintained so as to conform to VGIS standards.
(B) Upon request
of a potential user, are actually made available to the user in a usable format
in accordance with 1 V.S.A. § 315 relating to access to public records and
(C) Are stored
and distributed in a manner which will limit the disclosure of data containing
individual identifiers to disclosure consented to by the individuals in the
(6) Assist in
assessing VGIS financial needs and resources for cooperating State agencies,
evaluating the adequacy of those financial resources to meet the goals of the
three-year VGIS work plan, and developing alternate sources of revenue for VGIS
(7) Enter into
memoranda of understanding, form contracts, and enter cooperative agreements
for the development, acquisition, maintenance, distribution, and marketing of
(8) Include in any
contract for electronic products and services provisions that:
(A) Protect the
security and integrity of VGIS information and of information systems that are
shared by public agencies.
(B) Indemnify or
limit the liability, if any, of the State of Vermont.
(9) Notify the
State Librarian of the electronic services and products offered to the public.
The notification must include a summary of the available format options and the
cost of such products and services.
archive copies and act as a distributor for any State agency, as well as for
other public and private entities, which prepares GIS data or electronic
products which are compatible with, useful to, and shared with VGIS.
(11) Assist the
Secretary of Administration, of Transportation, of Natural Resources, of Human
Services, and of Commerce and Community Development, and the commissioner or
director of State departments and offices not within these agencies in the
identification of information gathered within the respective agency, department,
or office which is relevant to Vermont's GIS. Working in cooperation with each
organization that identifies such information, the Center shall include
components within the three-year VGIS work plan. Such cooperation may include:
of a "memorandum of understanding" between the organization and the
Center, setting out roles and the relationship between the parties;
meetings to identify opportunities for improvement of VGIS information and
applications gathered or used by the organization;
Identification of funding strategies, technical procedures, data conversion
plans, and application development projects in which the Center can be of
assistance to the organization.
(12) Provide to
regional planning commissions, State agencies, and the general public
orthophotographic imagery of the State at a scale appropriate for the
production and revision of town property maps. Periodically, such digital
imagery shall be updated to capture land use changes, new settlement patterns,
and such additional information as may have become available to the Director or
(A) The Center
shall supply to each town such orthophotographic imagery as has been prepared
by it of the total area of that town. Any image shall be available, without
charge, for public inspection in the office of the town clerk to whom the
imagery was supplied.
(B) At a
reasonable charge to be established by the Center and the Director, the Center
shall supply to any person or agency other than a town clerk or lister a copy
of any digital format orthophotographic imagery created under this section.
(C) Hard copy or
nondigital format orthophotographic imagery created under this section shall be
available for public review at the State Archives.
(d) The Center
may provide specialized information or perform specialized services if these
to achieving the purposes of the Center as stated in subsection (b) of this
(2) Are pursued
in partnership with the private sector; and
(3) Are performed
without cost to the taxpayer and all direct and indirect costs of obtaining
these products and services are incurred by the customer or others.
(e) [Repealed.] (Added 1993, No. 204 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff.
June 17, 1994; amended 1995, No. 190 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. July 1, 1996;
2013, No. 34, § 5; 2013, No. 179 (Adj. Sess.), § E.800.2, eff. March 30, 2015;
2015, No. 57, § 36, eff. June 11, 2015.)