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Title 24 : Municipal and County Government

Chapter 118 : Conservation Commissions

(Cite as: 24 V.S.A. § 4505)
  • § 4505. Powers and duties of conservation commissions

    Any conservation commission created under this chapter may:

    (1) make an inventory and conduct continuing studies of the natural resources of the municipality including:

    (A) air, surface and ground waters, and pollution thereof;

    (B) soils and their capabilities;

    (C) mineral and other earth resources;

    (D) streams, lakes, ponds, wetlands, and floodplains;

    (E) unique or fragile biologic sites;

    (F) scenic and recreational resources;

    (G) plant and animal life, especially the rare and endangered species;

    (H) prime agricultural and forest land, and other open lands;

    (2) make and maintain an inventory of lands within the municipality which have historic, educational, cultural, scientific, architectural, or archaeological values in which the public has an interest;

    (3) recommend to the legislative body of the municipality the purchase or the receipt of gifts of land or rights thereto, or other property, for the purposes of this chapter;

    (4) receive appropriations for operating expenses including clerical help by appropriation through the budget of the legislative body;

    (5) receive money, grants, or private gifts from any source, for the purposes of this chapter. Grants and gifts received by the trustee of public funds shall be carried in a conservation fund from year to year to be expended only for purposes of this chapter;

    (6) receive gifts of land or other property for the purposes of this chapter, by consent of the legislative body or by the affirmative vote of the municipality;

    (7) administer the lands, properties, and other rights which have been acquired by the municipality for the purposes of this chapter;

    (8) assist the local planning commission or zoning board of adjustment or the District Environmental Commission, by providing advisory environmental evaluations where pertinent to applications made to those bodies, for permits for development;

    (9) cooperate with the local legislative body, planning commission, zoning board of adjustment, road committee, or other municipal or private organizations on matters affecting the local environment or the natural resources of the municipality;

    (10) prepare, collect, publish, advertise, and distribute relevant books, maps, and other documents and maintain communication with similar organizations; and encourage through educational activities the public understanding of local natural resources and conservation needs;

    (11) make a brief annual report to the municipality of its finances and transactions for the year just passed, and its plans and prospects for the ensuing year. (Added 1977, No. 250 (Adj. Sess.), § 1.)