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Killington Selectboard does not support RPC letters or recommendations for development

Editor's Note: The following is a letter from the Killington Selectboard to William Burke, Coordinator of District #1 Environmental Commission in Rutland dated June 6. Past letters can be see at mountaitimes.info

Dear Bill,

The Killington Selectboard has reviewed the recommendations and proposed permit conditions from the Regional Planning Commissions in their letters dated May 30, 2013 from the Rutland Regional Planning Commission (RRPC) and dated May 22, 2013 from the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission and the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission to the District #1 Environmental Commission.

Two of our three board members attended the RRPC's committee and full commission meetings where the RRPC letter was discussed and voted on by the full commission. The whole process has raised many concerns for our board. We were pleased to see that the RRPC voted not to go along with the letter from the other two RPCs which seemed to bias in the favor of their local  development. However, there seemed to be a general lack of understanding among commission members of the role of Act 250 and the process. There seemed to be a general lack of understanding or desire to understand the issues being voted on. At the final meeting, the Chair requested comments from the two other RPC directors but would not allow any correction or clarification of the incorrect and incomplete "facts" being offered. And the Chair refused to allow any member of the public including the applicant, representatives from the Killington Planning Commission or the Killington Selectboard to comment on the issues raised in the final draft of their letter.

The final letter from the RRPC was drafted with little time for review and research before the vote, and the letter included issues never before raised or researched by any commission member as stated by the Chair himself during review. No effort was made to reach out to the local Killington Planning Commission or Selectboard for official comment on these new issues.

For example, the Workforce Housing recommendation in the final letter from the RRPC suggests that additional work force housing be incorporated into Phase 1 and additional phases. Yet workforce housing is currently not an issue within the Town of Killington or the region per the Economic Study conducted by Northern Economic Consulting, Inc. dated 12/6/11 as required.

The Killington Selectboard does not support the letters submitted by the RRPC and the two other RPCs and we offer our two letters sent to the RRPC to highlight some of the issues we raised.

Respectfully,

The Killington Selectboard
J. Christopher Bianchi, Bernard Rome, Patty McGrath