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Legal Notice - Public Hearing(s) - Town Plan Revision

The Town of Pownal Board of Selectmen will hold two public hearings as required for Municipal Plan Amendments. Public hearings for the Municipal Plan Amendments will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 and Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at the Pownal Valley Center Fire Station located at 2872 North Pownal Rd., Pownal, VT.

The full text of the Municipal Plan Amendments may be examined at the Pownal Town Office during regular business hours and online at townofpownal.org

The outline of the amended plan is as follows:

Chapter 8 (Energy Section) and a minor update to Section 3.2 regarding Village Designation.

The substantive changes concern energy siting for solar and wind to conform with VT Act 174, the Energy Development Improvement Act. By amending our plan, Pownal enhances this energy vision which defines current energy use and future targets of use across sectors aligned with County and State Energy goals. It further clarifies pathways and actions needed to reach those goals. Most importantly, it enhances siting and subsequence map changes to guide renewable energy development.

While the majority of the section remains unchanged since plan adoption in May of 2018, the bulk of the changes commence on page 85, Pownal Energy Goal #4 and continue to the end of section on page 87.

In summary:
  1. added a revised date on the cover page of November 20, 2018,
  2. made the changes discussed above to Section 8, Energy,
  3. changes siting tables and maps accordingly (see map 17) and also provided guidance for potential constraints with regard to solar and wind sites, and
  4. updated section 3.2.5 to reflect successfully achieving three Village Center Designations which were still in the application process when the plan was adopted in May 2018 (these areas are shown in Map #2).

These changes do not include any alteration of land use districts. Suitability of areas for solar and wind resources are based on maps prepared by the Bennington County Regional Commission in the Bennington County Energy Plan adopted in 2016. The Vermont Department of Public Service granted a Determination of Energy Compliance for the regional energy plan on June 21, 2017. Based on the mapping standards developed by the Department of Public Services, the Pownal Planning Commission determined that there were no areas suitable for wind development and identified preferred sites for the solar development. These are described in the revised Town Plan.
View Proposed Revised Town Plan

Dated this 15th day of March, 2019 at Pownal, VT

Linda C. Sciarappa, Administrative Assistant

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