Rutland Herald | November 17, 2016

Rooming house zoning requirement has to be redone

A sharp-eyed attorney from Vermont Legal Aid has discovered that the town failed to follow the state requirement for public posting of potential new zoning regulations, meaning the new rooming house regulations have to have another public hearing and be re-adopted. ...

As a result, adoption of the rooming house zoning change will be postponed by at least a month, since the town must re-warn the public hearing, resetting the clock on when the new zoning requirement goes into effect. ...

Jacob Speidel, a staff attorney with Vermont Legal Aid in Springfield, said he and fellow Legal Aid attorney Mairead O’Reillyhad written a letter to the town about the perceived public notice problems.

“We’re pleased they have acknowledged an error. We hope this will allow the Select Board to take a fresh look at the issue and our concerns,” said Speidel on Wednesday.