Act 250 and Water

The problem

As science has changed significantly in certain areas since Act 250 was enacted in 1970, applicable Act 250 criteria should be updated to reflect the latest scientific information.

For example, the technical definitions and criteria that address rivers, streams, headwaters, floodways, shorelines, and wetlands should be reviewed to ensure that they are consistent with the current state of the science and reflect modern approaches to protecting these resources.

Potential solutions

Re-evaluation of applicable criteria

ANR should be required to evaluate criteria related to rivers, streams, headwaters, floodways, and other water resources and make recommendations to the Legislature regarding changes that should be made as part of modernizing Act 250.