A large crowd of town officials and concerned citizens gathered in the Royalton Academy building on Monday night to listen to a presentation by Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) on Act 250 regulations in response to the NewVista Foundation's ideas.
"It's not a project yet, this is one of the key things we want to make a point about" said Chris Sargent, senior planner at TRORC, "we have the time, because the wheels aren't turning that fast, to be able to look at our [town] plans to see if they need to be tweaked." They explained the process to revise town plans to be specific, as to avoid any confusion about the intent of the plan.
TRORC officials answered questions from Strafford, Sharon, Tunbridge, and Royalton town officials. The meeting was targeted to inform those officials specifically, and they made up about a third of the room. The public had a chance to ask questions and comment on the project. The TRORC planners offered ideas for local residents to start grassroots movements, including raising money to pay for conservation of lands.
People shared their concerns about the robustness of Act 250, about the scale of the project, and about the timeline of the project.
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