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Just the Facts on Act 250

Act 250 an ‘obstacle’ to economic development? Not really.

Here are the facts from 2007 (a year generally typical of recent years…) :

* Number of applications: 428

* Number denied: four (0.9 percent)

* Percent of Act 250 applications processed as minors or administrative amendments (no public hearing unless requested): 83 percent

* Median processing time at District Commission level: 35 days

* Percentage of permits issued w/in 60 days: 65 percent

* Percentage issued within 120 days: 81 percent

* Estimated percent of Act 250 decisions appealed to the Environmental Court: 1-2 percent Estimated 60 percent of all development in the state does not fall under Act 250

Source: Natural Resources Board 2008 Annual Report