Warning for Town Plan Amendment PC Hearing

Public Discussion to Review:
Proposed Amendment to 2014 Town Plan
5:30 p.m. June 6, 2016 at the Robert Vasseur Town Hall

The Fayston Planning Commission (PC) invites you to discuss the proposed amendment to the 2014 Town Plan at a meeting on June 6, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Robert Vasseur Town Hall. All interested persons are encouraged to attend and comment.

The Fayston Town Plan was last updated in 2014. The Fayston Planning Commission (PC) is now proposing an amendment to Chapter 8 ‘Community Facilities – Schools, Services, and Energy’ of the 2014 Plan in order to better support the Public Service Board in Section 258 proceedings. The municipal Planning Manual (updated January 2016 by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development), states that in order for municipal plans to be given any consideration in Section 248 proceedings, “plan policies and standards must be clear, consistent, unambiguous and mandatory (i.e. “shall” protect). The plan policies and standards must apply to specific resources within the proposed project area. Plan policies will not be considered if they are vague, contradictory, permissive (e.g., “should” protect) or generally apply to resources town wide; or if they have the effect of completely excluding all facility development.” The proposed amendment accomplishes this recommendation.

Specifically, the amended sections note that Fayston is a rural town and development must be consistent with the rural character and sited to avoid or minimize any adverse impacts, including visual impacts to documented areas of scenic and rural character. The revised section (8.5.5) includes prescriptive language such as “shall” and “must” and lists specific local vantage points, scenic areas, and natural resource areas of particular local importance. It’s noted that “new facilities sited within or viewed from these areas shall not create a significant physical, visual, or audible incongruous or incompatible intrusion.”

The 2014 Town Plan was confirmed by the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission as being consistent with the Section 4302 planning goals. The proposed amendment does not change the plan’s approach to development patterns. In addition, the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission has found that the proposed amendment is consistent with the goals and policies of the 2008 Central Vermont Regional Plan (as amended October 13, 2015) and promotes sound land development practices, natural resource protection, and energy conservation. In addition, the proposed amendment does not call for substantial changes to the zoning districts or zoning map, nor do they alter the designation of any land area.

A copy of the proposed amendments to the 2014 Town Plan may be found on the town website: http://www.faystonvt.com/documents-forms-notices/planning-commission-notices-documents/ or by email from the Zoning Administrator. If you are unable to attend the hearing, written comments and suggestions can be emailed or mailed to Fayston Zoning Administrator, 866 North Fayston Rd., Fayston, VT 05660.

Request for Bids, Roadside Mowing


The Town of Fayston is seeking bids for roadside mowing in 2016. Must have own equipment and insurance. Please respond to the Fayston Selectboard no later than May 23, 2016 at 3:00pm.

Send bids to: Fayston Selectboard c/o Fayston Municipal Office, 866 North Fayston Road, Fayston, Vt. 05660, or by email to: faystonsb@madriver.com.

VT Elections Management Platform

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos has announced the roll-out of the new Elections Management Platform. This platform has three main parts:

  • Elections Management System (EMS) – includes a new statewide voter checklist and other resources and tools to be used by town and city clerks across Vermont to conduct all of their election related business – from registering voters, to processing absentee ballot requests, to entering election results;
  • New Online Voter Registration Tool – allows all eligible Vermonters to submit their voter registration application online anytime and anywhere they can access the internet; and
  • New “My Voter Page” – online resource that allows every registered voter to login and have access to a unique, voter-specific web page where they can request an absentee ballot, track its status, update their voter registration record, find their polling place, view a sample ballot, and much more.

Secretary Condos states, “I am very excited to announce the roll-out of Vermont’s first online voter registration system. One of my primary goals as Vermont’s chief election officer is to increase voter participation. I am confident that our new online voter registration system and the ‘My Voter Page’ tool will increase engagement with the electoral process across the state and make it easier than ever for all eligible Vermonters to participate in our elections.”

The online voter registration page can be found at http://olvr.sec.state.vt.us and the My Voter Page login can be found at http://mvp.sec.state.vt.us.

Town Clerk to Attend IIMC Conference

Patti Lewis will attend the International Institute of Municipal Clerks Annual Conference, Saturday May 16-21,2015 in Hartford, CT. This will be the first International Conference she has attended with a goal of continuing education points as she works toward her Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) Designation. To date there are five MMC’s in Vermont and it takes years of education points as well as years of service and involvement in other community or State Boards. She has served as the Vermont Municipal Clerk’s Association (VMCTA) Treasurer for eight years, graduated from the New England Municipal Clerk’s Institute and Academy (NEMCIA) after three years, went back to the Academy for two and sat on the Board of Directors for four years, earning her Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) Designation in April 2014. She also holds the Vermont designations of Certified Vermont Clerk and Certified Vermont Treasurer.