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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

Mae’s teacher adds salt to wound

first_imgDear Editor,Please allow me a space in your newspaper to vent my anger at a Mae’s Secondary School teacher who teaches Social Studies and Business Education. This teacher decided to argue in favour of his place of employment via social media on May 28th.The incident involved a nine-year-old pupil at the institution being prevented from attending class in full traditional Amerindian wear during a Culture Day.The teacher clearly has limited knowledge of the clothing of our indigenous people. Thus, absolute ignorance! I am deeply sadden by a statement made by the teacher, “…the grass skirt is the female Amerindian wear. Further I say not. Y’all come foh meh now. Cause I find it very stupid that adults thought that the child in the grass skirt would have enjoyed his day at school.” His piece of argument added more salt to the wound.Indigenous people place a great amount of importance on body decorations. Men and women would wear different decorations, including headgear, necklaces, bracelets and armbands all made from things found naturally. Most body decorations are worn during special occasions and ceremonies.It is very fitting that this teacher be disciplined at the earliest. The Amerindian presence in national culture and society is considerable, with a significant impact on national identity, in social existence, and the broad areas of culture. Amerindians must be respected.Sincerely,Michael Isaaclast_img read more

Arsenal scout Benfica attacker Andrija Zivkovic

first_imgSerbian winger Andrija Zivkovic is a target for Arsenal.Record says Arsenal have sent scouts to watch Zivkovic at the Under-21 European Championship.The Benfica striker played the full 90 minutes this afternoon as Serbia lost their first game of the tournament 2-0 to Portugal in Poland.Arsenal are still tracking his progress.It is said the Gunners have several scouts in Poland watching players like Zivkovic.No approach has been made for the player, who has a £52.5million release clause.last_img read more