Category Archives: VAR Legislative Summary

New Water Testing Legislation

Bill S.77: An Act Relating to Water Testing of Private Wells passed the Vermont Senate on April 7th. The act originally dictated that home sellers with private wells would need to test and disclose prior to sale of the home. Fortunately this language was removed after consultation with the Vermont Association of Realtors. Now sellers…

New Private Road Maintenance Legislation

Though state representatives recognize that “Vermonters have a long history of working together to share the costs of maintaining private roads,” they still feel the need to codify how costs shall be shared by homeowners who don’t have a written agreement. One reason for codification is greater pressure from the secondary mortgage market. The bill…

VAR legislative summary 2/21/09

Legislative Update February 15th – February 21st 2009 Permit Reform Permit reform remains part of the discussion in Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee. The committee is working on a broad set of economic stimulus ideas, including permit reform. They are especially concerned with making sure federal stimulus dollars are utilized quickly and…

VAR legislative summary 2/2/09

  State Surplus Lands   The Department of Housing and Community Development is beginning work on two pilot projects where unused state land will be developed into housing projects.  The department has identified two good locations one in Berlin and one in Brandon and is working closely with the towns to meet mutually beneficial goals. …

VAR legislative summary week 2

Permit Reform  As part of Governor Douglas’s economic stimulus proposal there is a section devoted to permit reform.  The goals of this proposal include providing greater predictability, expediency and fairness for applicants; as well as reduce agency costs and staff time.  The following is a synopsis of what is being discussed thus far.  Any feed…

VAR week 3

  Presidential inauguration Tuesday Barrack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of these United States of America.  Most of Vermont and the country tuned in to watch the event.  Many hopes have been pinned on the new President, including providing a stimulus package to help boost individual state economies.  We are anxiously awaiting…

VAR week 1

Vermont Lawmakers convened the 2009 legislative session on Wednesday this week. With decreasing revenues, looming budget shortfalls, the economy will be the focus of the 2009 session. The question will be how much lawmakers will cut before looking to find new revenue sources. It is likely everything will be on the table and we will…

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