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Camara Slate 
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Re: “Act 250 Revamp Mired in Montpelier Quagmire

In 1970, Act 250 said that if any commercial development were pre 1970, then you were grandfathered. Example: Where the state House is today. Lets say a neighbor moves in and doesn't like the hours. He can not complain because they were doing it prior to 1970. Pretty simple right?

All of these slate quarries that are around today were started before 1970.

From 1970 to 1993-4 the current Act 250 coordinator read law and thought it was simple. His position was we were pre 1970. The new one did not. So he went to all slate quarries and told them to prove in writing that they existed pre 1970. The slate quarries could not do that. So we went to Legislature explained circumstances. They gave us a 1 year study committee. Unlike the one year study that Amy Sheldon heads, legislatures came down 17 times. One visited neighbors on scotch hill road, blissville road, upper road and route 153 in pawlet, VT. He said that no one had any complaints. When they voted on the Bill, the House passed 147-3, Senate voted 29-0-1. Gov Dean wanted some changes, we agreed. He signed Bill.

Currently let me tell you how ACT 250 works in 1980 when a company goes through ACT 250, all neighbors get a say. When they get Act 250 it can not be changed. If a neighbor moves next to that permitted company, they get no say. That is what is happening here. A neighbor moves next to a quarry, then complains. I know as a business person, when i dont do my homework and something back fires. I eat it. This neighbor want the state to do something for them.

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Posted by Camara Slate on 04/11/2019 at 2:31 PM

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