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State pushes alternative Act 250 review

first_imgSource: Vermont Economic Development Dept. 9.9.9. The Douglas Administration is reminding people who may want to apply for an Act 250 permit that they can reduce the risk and upfront costs associated with the process by seeking to have the most problematic aspects of a project reviewed first. Rule 21 of Act 250, which allows a District Commission to conduct a review of less than all of a project’s Act 250 criteria in exchange for a minimum filing fee, has been on the books a long time, but is rarely used, officials said.“The economy is showing some signs of recovery, but in these uncertain times nobody wants to unnecessarily invest scarce capital without knowing the magnitude of risk involved in obtaining a reasonable return,” said Tayt Brooks, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development.“With this in mind, we’d like to remind anyone who is considering applying for an Act 250 permit that there is a rule in place to provide for partial reviews of proposed projects, thereby reducing the cost associated with risk,” he said.Under Act 250, the state’s development control law, proposed development projects must satisfy 10 criteria including impacts on the environment; traffic; local schools and services; and aesthetics.The fee for such projects generally is $4.75 per $1,000 construction cost, meaning a $100,000 project would cost $475, while a $1 million project would cost $4,750.But under Rule 21, an applicant can ask a District Commission to review a project against a particularly uncertain or potentially contentious criterion by paying only $150 instead of the standard fee.“This allows an applicant to avoid the risk – and cost – of preparing and submitting an entire permit application only to find out that one aspect of the project is going to be an insurmountable obstacle,” Brooks said.If project receives approval under the criterion or criteria, the rest of the proposal could be heard and the full application fee paid later, at which time the less contentious criteria would be reviewed. This would also allow developers to lay the groundwork for projects now, and then begin construction when the economic situation has become more favorable and financing more available.The partial findings and conclusions are valid for a period of time (usually up to five years) and are binding unless appealed within 30 days. “If the District Commission rules against an applicant, they can appeal the decision; modify the project; or decide the project was not worth investing any more funds, having lost only a minimal Act 250 fee and the cost of preparing a partial application,” Brooks said.For questions pertaining to Rule 21, interested parties may contact their local District Coordinator or Brooks at (802) 828-5218 or at tayt.brooks@state.vt.us(link sends e-mail) -30-last_img read more

Middlesbrough signs up in support of #RGWeek19

first_img Share StumbleUpon EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Related Articles Submit EFL continues mental health support by backing Mind campaign March 3, 2020 EFL set to broadcast remaining games whilst behind closed doors April 17, 2020 English Football League (EFL) Championship club Middlesbrough has signed up to support  Responsible Gambling Week 2019, a public campaign attempting to trigger a national conversation about what it means to gamble responsibly.As a result of this announcement, Responsible Gambling Week 2019, which takes place from 7 November to 13 November with the hashtag #RGWeek19, will now see the support of Boro who is set to publish information regarding the campaign on its club website and social channels. Led by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling, comprised of all the gambling trade associations, and in Ireland by the Irish Bookmakers Association, Responsible Gambling Week 2019, is part of the industry’s year-round commitment to promote safer gambling.John Hagan, chairman of the IGRG, commented: “We are delighted that Boro will be supporting Responsible Gambling Week. We want to take the message about safer gambling even further this year, and are confident this will be our biggest campaign yet.”#RGWeek19 is set to see over 120,000 staff at thousands of gambling venues and online sites take part and will also mark the second consecutive year that clubs from the Premier League and EFL take part. This supporting role will see the EFL dedicate advertising space in match-day programmes, on big screens and across social channels throughout the week, with league sponsor SkyBet also supporting the campaign. Hagan concluded: “The continued engagement and support of football clubs is enormously helpful in highlighting the week, and triggering a national conversation about what it means to gamble responsibly throughout the year.”With the objective of #RGWeek19 being to trigger a national conversation about safer gambling by highlighting the tools, advice and help available to customers as well as the initiatives being taken by operators to promote social responsibility, Boro, along with every other campaign supporter, will be detailing the five key responsible gambling behaviours:Only spend what you can afford.Set your limits for time and money.Gambling is not the answer to any problem.Gambling when angry or upset is not a good idea.Gambling shouldn’t interfere with your personal relationships. Sharelast_img read more