APA Northern New England Chapter


Wednesday, June 14, 2017
9 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. EDT

FAIRLEE, VT, United States

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This workshop is for all local officials involved in the planning and development review process. Zoning administrators, planning commissioners, DRB/ZBA members, town administrators and managers, municipal planners, and regional planning commission staff are encouraged to attend. The sessions will provide a dynamic mix of legal information, practical solutions, and policy discussions with opportunities to discuss pressing issues in municipal planning and zoning with knowledgeable officials from across the state.


 Specific sessions include:



9:00 - 10:30

Furthering the Fair Housing Act in Local Land Use and Practices

This session will help localities understand and comply with their obligations under the federal Fair Housing Act and Vermont state law regarding prohibited local land use and zoning laws or policies that discriminate based on protected status. Attendees will learn how communities can take action to overcome economic and other forms of segregation, promote fair housing choices, and foster inclusive communities. Also addressed will be the types of actions that may violate the law, the difference between intentional and disparate impact discrimination, consideration of fears or biases in the community in decision-making, and specific issues related to families with children and individuals with disabilities including homeless shelters and group homes and reasonable accommodation requirements.

Karen Richards, Executive Director, Vermont Human Rights Commission





Floodplain Management Redux

In this session, we will review municipal floodplain management through the National Flood Insurance Program, including an overview of key regulatory requirements, mapping, and flood insurance implications. In addition, we will discuss state floodplain jurisdiction – including Act 250 and the State Floodplain Rule for development exemption from municipal regulation – and provide program updates, including training module development, model bylaws, and FEMA maps.

Rob Evans, CFM, State Floodplain Manager, River Corridor and Floodplain Protection Program




Current Trends in Land Use, Energy, and Environmental Law

In this session, we will summarize recent legislation, legislative study committees, and regulatory proceedings in the areas of land use, energy, and environmental law. Our speakers will also explain new regulatory requirements and funding opportunities and the context in which they arise, including changes to Act 250; stormwater, wetlands, and hazardous materials regulations; and net metering and energy storage.

Trey Martin, Of Counsel, Downs Rachlin Martin, PLLC

Josh Leckey, Associate, Downs Rachlin Martin, PLLC

Rebecca Lewandowski, Government Relations Specialist, Downs Rachlin Martin, PLLC





Effective Decisions for Zoning Boards

This session will focus on the fundamentals of effective zoning board decisions, including adhering to statutory deadlines, ensuring well-conducted quasi-judicial hearings, and providing adequate findings of fact and conclusions of law.

Carl Andeer, Staff Attorney I, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center





Rebecca Lewandowski

Rebecca Lewandowski, Government Relations Specialist, Downs Rachlin Martin, PLLC With Vermont roots running deep and with a profound commitment to community, Becky Lewandoski is well-acquainted with the issues that face the state. Becky uses her strong relationship-building skills and connections in the community to leverage the legislative process to the ... Read More

Carl Andeer

Carl Andeer Carl Andeer recently joined the Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT). Previously at VLCT as the Municipal Research Associate, Carl started as Staff Attorney I at VLCT in the winter of 2015. Before joining VLCT, Carl worked at the City of Rutland where he assisted the City ... Read More

Trey Martin

Trey Martin, Of Counsel, Downs Rachlin Martin, PLLC Having spent the last five years serving the State of Vermont within the Agencies of Natural Resources and Administration, Trey Martin returned to Downs Rachlin Martin as Of Counsel, ready to put his insights and experience to work for our clients. Adept ... Read More

Josh Leckey

Josh Leckey, Associate, Downs Rachlin Martin, PLLC As an associate in the firm's Energy, Environmental and Telecommunications Groups, Josh Leckey shepherds energy and telecommunications projects through their respective regulatory schemes, with a keen awareness of the environmental and land use objectives that must be satisfied in any particular project ... Read More

Rob Evans

Rob Evans Rob Evans is the River Corridor and Floodplain Manager in the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s Rivers Program. He provides coordination and supervision of the River Corridor and Floodplain Management section including geomorphic assessments, river corridor mapping and planning, and the FEMA National Flood Insurance Program. Read More

Karen Richards

Karen Richards – Human Rights Commission Karen Richards is the executive director of the Vermont Human Rights Commission (VHRC). The Commission enforces civil rights laws in the areas of housing, public accommodations and state government employment. In her role as director, Karen oversees the agencies four primary responsibilities: education and outreach ... Read More

Contact Info

Lee Krohn, lkrohn@ccrpcvt.org