The Town of Greensboro’s Planning Commission is proposing that the Town enact four significant new bylaws governing property use in Greensboro. These four proposed bylaws have recently been posted on the Town’s official website https://www.greensborovt.org/planning-commission/under the subheading “GPC Meeting Supplemental Documents 2020”. The draft bylaws are subject to further revision by the Planning Commission and […]
The Town of Greensboro Website Task Force is conducting a survey of the Town website, and has asked the Greensboro Association to get the word out!
From the Town of Greensboro Website Task Force. In May, the Selectboard approved the formation of a Task Force to examine how the Town’s website currently serves the community and how it may be improved to better serve the community in the future. To engage the community in this effort, the Task Force has developed a short (5 question) survey which we will be promoting through various channels over the next two weeks. We hope to encourage participation from a broad cross-section of folks, whether they live in, work in or visit Greensboro, which we will track through two qualifying questions at the start of the anonymous survey. We estimate the survey will take less than ten minutes to complete. The deadline for completing the survey is Jul 30th, 2021.
The goal of the survey is to complement the research and analysis of municipal websites carried out by the Task Force, identifying priority areas for improvement in both content and user experience. A summary of the survey results and Task Force recommendations will be presented to the Selectboard in August.
Your engagement, reflection, and sharing in this website initiative is greatly appreciated!
Note: If you are using a smart phone to complete this survey, you may wish to rotate your phone to “landscape” view in order to limit any necessary scrolling to vertical only. 🙂
CLICK HERE to begin the survey
THANK YOU! Greensboro Website Task Force co-chairs:Michael Porazzo, Liz Steel, John Stone III
Our Annual Caspian Challenge race day will be held this year on July 25. All are welcome – runners, walkers, any age! We have great prizes and look forward to seeing a great turnout of the community to celebrate Greensboro!
All race income will be used to support the Greensboro Walk/Bike Task Force. For specific information and to register online go to our registration page. You can also register from 8 to 9 at the Ballfield on the day. The races begin at 8:30am.
All registrants are eligible for prizes in this years prize drawing.
Thank you to our generous local business who have donated prizes for participants in this event – Becky Arnold Oils, Greensboro Garage, Highland Lodge, Hill Farmstead, Hillcrest Nursery, Jasper Hill, Miller’s Thumb, Mountain View Country Club, Skida and Willey’s! And special thanks to Cathy Irwin, Stew Arnold and Mary White for their organization of this years event. We will see you there!
The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Greensboro Association will be held on Thursday, August 5th at 4:00pm in Fellowship Hall at the United Church of Christ in Greensboro, VT. All members of the Association are invited and encouraged to attend.
The Agenda for the meeting will be distributed prior to the meeting. At the meeting, our membership will be asked to vote on the election of the new class of trustees, the approval of the minutes of the 2020 Annual Meeting (which was a virtual meeting, held online via Zoom) and the approval of an updated set of bylaws for the Association that have been prepared by our Governance Committee.
The minutes of the 2020 Annual Meeting are available here.
A summary of the proposed major changes to be made by the new bylaws is available here.
The proposed new set of bylaws for the Association is available here.
The proposed new slate of trustees will be distributed prior to the meeting.
We hope you will be able to attend and hear about the great work of the GA over the unusual and difficult past 12 months.
President, the Greensboro Association
Beginning July 1, 2021, if you want to have the Vermont State Police respond to your security alarm during the time periods when the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department is not on duty or on call, please see the following link for more information.
The Vermont State Police requires that all alarm holders within the VSP coverage area be registered with them. You need to fill out and submit a form and pay an annual fee of $50.
The Greater Greensboro Watershed Committee and the Orleans County Natural Resources Conservation District would like to invite interested Caspian Lake shoreland owners to participate in the Vermont Lake Wise Program this summer! The Lake Wise Program is a Vermont Agency of Natural Resources initiative that awards lake-friendly shoreland properties, both public and private. The program offers free technical assistance to lake shoreland owners who would like to learn more about how to make their property as lake-friendly as possible.
According to the Department of Environmental Conservation Lake Score Card for Caspian, spring total phosphorus and summer total phosphorus trends are “significantly increasing” and “highly significantly increasing” respectively. Phosphorus pollution can result in algal blooms that are harmful to animals and people, and can decrease the economic, ecological, and recreational value of the lake. Caught early, intervention may stop or slow down this trend.
Lake shoreland owners have an important role to play in reducing shoreland erosion, improving lakeshore habitat, and keeping Caspian Lake clean. If you choose to participate, Lake Wise evaluators will spend up to an hour and a half assessing each property and providing technical advice in four categories – shorefront, recreation area, driveway, and structures and septic. If the property passes in all four categories, it will receive the Lake Wise Award sign. If the property does not pass, a detailed evaluation is provided to the landowner with recommendations on how to become Lake Wise certified in the future. Lake Wise is a voluntary program, and the recommendations are suggested, not mandated. Common recommendations include rain gardens, water bars, establishing no-mow zones, planting lakeshore vegetation, and establishing pathways.
If you are interested in a free assessment this summer, please contact Emily Finnegan at the Orleans County Natural Resources Conservation District – [email protected] or 802-624-7022. For more information about the Lake Wise program, please see the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation website – https://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/lakes-ponds/lakeshores-lake-wise.
An example evaluation form is also available here – https://dec.vermont.gov/sites/dec/files/wsm/lakes/Lakewise/docs/lp_evaluationforms.pdf.
Finally, the DEC Lake Scorecards can be found here – https://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/lakes-ponds/data-maps/scorecard.
- After its June 2, 2021 public hearing, and after considering the comments made at that hearing, the GPC may make changes to the proposed amendments to the Greensboro Zoning Bylaw and then submit those amendments to the Select Board. However, if the GPC makes significant changes to the proposed amendments, then the GPC will likely hold another public hearing thereon (warned at least two weeks in advance) before submitting the amendments to the Select Board.
- Before the Select Board votes to approve the amendments, the Select Board will hold a public hearing thereon (warned at least two weeks in advance) to gather public input.
- After that public hearing, if the Select Board votes to make significant changes to the amendments, then the Select Board will submit those changes to the GPC, which would then hold another public hearing thereon (warned at least two weeks in advance). If the GPC then approves those proposed changes, it would then forward the amendments to the Select Board, which would hold a public hearing thereon (warned at least two weeks in advance) before approving them.
- Once approved by the Select Board, the proposed amendments will likely be submitted to a Town vote.
The Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds is pleased to announce that online registration for the 2021 virtual, online, and FREE Lake Seminar, scheduled for Friday, June 4, is now open. The theme and title for this year’s seminar is “Phosphorus Pollution – A High Stakes Watershed Issue.”
Because this year’s seminar is going virtual, we will ask for your email address (required) to send the meeting link to, and we also will ask for a shipping address (not required, but recommended) so we can send you a door prize, should you win one of six being offered. To register online and get more detailed information click HERE. Please take a few minutes and register now.
This seminar is free and open to the public but you must register to participate. Please forward this message to anybody you think might be interested in attending.
Thanks, and we’re looking forward to seeing you “there.”
Bruce Tanner, FOVLAP Treasurer
The Stewards of the Greensboro Watershed have announced a Zoom meeting for this Thursday, April 8 from 3-5pm regarding the possible reclassification of lakes in our area by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. This includes Caspian Lake. All interested are welcome to attend this meeting and learn more. Christine Armstrong is one of the Stewards and has provided these details on the meeting:
Shall the Town of Greensboro and its residents begin the process of reclassifying the lake waters in Greensboro in an effort to save them? Or not? Can we do it ourselves? Or not? What are the pros and cons of teaming with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources to acknowledge our declining water quality and the risk for further or irreparable decline? How should we act and move forward?
The Stewards of the Greensboro Watershed invite you to join in with questions and both positive and negative comments for Oliver Pierson, the Lakes and Ponds Program Manager at Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources, about the idea for reclassification of Greensboro lakes. He will present what ‘reclassification’ means; why this is an option for us; what we will get out of it, and what it will ask from us.
3-5 PM April 8, 2021.
Please share this Zoom invite with any other interested folks and with those who may benefit from the information. This meeting will be recorded for future viewing opportunities.
Scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: ANR & Stewards of the Greensboro Watershed, Q&A
Time: Apr 8, 2021 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Following the March meeting of the Greensboro Selectboard, it was announced that the Town of Greensboro has decided to sign a one-year contract with the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department. This effectively moves general law enforcement services for Greensboro from the Hardwick Police Department to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department under Sheriff Jennifer Harlow and her deputies beginning July 1, 2021.
As stated by Peter Romans, Chair of the Selectboard, “this decision came after four months of careful deliberation over the contract terms and conditions. It is in no way a condemnation of the quality of service we received from the Hardwick Police Department and we thank them for their work over the years.”
Numerous meetings and interviews were conducted before a final decision was reached. All Selectboard members were unanimous in the decision that the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department was the best candidate to provide police services for the town. The one-year contract represents a cost savings of more than $77,000, and allows the Selectboard to monitor and receive feedback on quality of police services during and after the transition. The previous contract with Hardwick was for a three year period.
Join us at 7 pm ONLINE for a Premiere Performance, brought to you by our own Greensboro Kids, produced by Kyle Gray. Tune in at 7 pm to TinyURL.com/GFLKids. This 30-minute show is free and open to the public- both near and far! Donations to the library will support youth programs. To Kyle and the Greensboro Kids- THANK YOU! To those who are able to tune in at 7 PM- ENJOY!
UPDATE: A recording of this seminar is available on the Greensboro Town Website www.greensborovt.org.
Dr. G. Richard Olds will host a zoom webinar on March 15, 2021 at 7:00 to share information about the COVID 19 vaccines. Dr. Olds is a physician, educator and expert on newly emerging infectious diseases. During his 30 year career in medicine, he was the infectious disease fellow at University Hospitals of Cleveland, the founding Director on Brown’s International Health Institute, and currently serves on a WHO expert panel, to name just a few of his many accomplishments. He has been closely involved in the COVID response, both in the US and internationally, and plans to provide an extensive Question and Answer period during the webinar so that he can address your specific questions and concerns. Dick is the son of Eva and Glenn Olds and he and his family are long time summer residents of Greensboro. Dr G Richard Olds biography
The ZOOM link for the meeting is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81929424941?pwd=MHJDZC9Sb2VRZXZhODk0WlBmN1VZZz09; passcode: GFL; meeting ID: 819 2942 4941.
This meeting is sponsored by the Greensboro Stannard Emergency Response Team (GSERT).
The Greensboro Planning Commission (GPC) is scheduled to hold its next regular monthly business meeting on Wednesday, February 10 at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom. The agenda includes discussion of the Short Term Rental bylaw proposal and the Extended Village Zoning District bylaw proposal. A new draft of the Short Term Rental bylaw was posted on the GPC page on the Town Website on February 4, 2021 under the heading GPC Supplemental Documents for Feb. 10, 2021.
The Zoom link for the February 10 meeting is posted on the GPC page on the Town Website https://www.greensborovt.org/planning-commission/ under the heading GPC Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 2021. Although this is a public meeting, which any interested member of the public may observe, it is not a formal public hearing regarding the foregoing two zoning proposals or any other zoning proposal.
The GPC has not scheduled or warned a formal public hearing on any of its current zoning proposals, and the Greensboro Association will post a notice thereof whenever the GPC does so.
Drafts of the proposed bylaws are posted on the GPC page under the following three headings: (i) GPC Supplemental Documents for Feb. 10, 2021; (ii) GPC Supplemental documents for Jan. 13, 2021; and (iii) GPC Supplemental Documents for Meetings, 2020-2021.
Any member of the public who wishes to submit comments about these zoning proposals should send an email to [email protected] Public comments on all current zoning proposals (i.e., the Shoreland Protection District, Eligo Lake Resource District, Short Term Rental, and Extended Village District zoning proposals) have been published at the above GPC website page under the subheading Public Comments Regarding Proposed Changes to the Greensboro Zoning Bylaws.
Tuesday, Jan. 19th at 6:30pm.
The Greensboro Planning Commission (GPC) has moved the start time for their January 13 meeting to 3:30pm EST (not 5pm as previously announced). The agenda and zoom link for the meeting has been published on the Town website at the following link under the heading “GPC Meeting Agendas and Minutes – 2021”.
This meeting is a working regular meeting of the GPC and is open to the public. For those who would like to understand the status of GPC’s deliberations and the Vermont State process for review and approval, please see this description.
Four draft zoning proposals are under consideration and have been published on the Town of Greensboro website. https://www.greensborovt.org/planning-commission/
– Short Term Rental Bylaw
– Shoreland Protection District Bylaw (Lakeshore District)
– Extended Village District Proposal
– Eligo Resource District Bylaw
More information about these four proposals is available below:
The Greensboro Association has received the following information to clarify the process of reviewing and approving new zoning bylaws in Greensboro. This information has been prepared for the GA by the zoning administrator for the Town, Brett Stanciu. Her contact details are below.
Currently, there are four new zoning bylaws being considered – For more information, see our prior posts New Greensboro Zoning Proposals You Should Know About and December 19 Update – New Short Term Rental Bylaw Proposal has changed
January 1, 2021
Dear Greensboro Association Members,
As Greensboro’s Zoning Administrator, I’m reaching out to facilitate communication among interested parties regarding proposed changes to Greensboro’s zoning bylaws. The process to amend Greensboro’s zoning bylaws is a lengthy one, requires a significant period of time to complete, and provides opportunities for everyone to be heard.
The Greensboro Planning Commission is charged with drafting proposed amendments to the Town’s zoning bylaws, guided by the Greensboro Town Plan. Subcommittees of the Planning Commission are in the process of drafting four proposed amendments. This material is posted on the Planning Commission’s page on the Town’s official website.
At this date, the Planning Commission has not yet voted upon any of the proposed amendments. The Planning Commission’s next meeting, open to the public and held via Zoom, is scheduled for January 13. After the Planning Commission approves any or all amendments to the bylaws, additional steps in the process are required. These include:
- The Planning Commission will hold a hearing to gather public input, with a warning at least two weeks in advance. For homeowners who wish to offer their comments, this hearing (which will be held via Zoom) will provide an opportunity for them to do so in person.
- The Planning Commission may make changes to the proposed amendments and then submit the amendments to the Select Board. If the Select Board votes to approve the amendments, the Select Board will hold a second public hearing (warned at least two weeks in advance) to gather public input. Again, for homeowners who wish to offer their comments, that Select Board public hearing (which will be held online via Zoom) will provide another opportunity to comment.
- After this public hearing, if the Select Board votes to make significant changes to the amendments, then the Select Board will schedule an additional public hearing. If the Select Board approves the proposed amendments without significant changes, the proposed amendments would then proceed to a town vote.
This process is established by Vermont State Statue §4441 (Preparation of bylaws and regulatory tools; amendment or repeal) and Vermont State Statue §4442 (Adoption of bylaws and related regulatory tools; amendment or repeal).
Additional important information:
- The dates for the public hearings have not yet been set, since the Planning Commission has not yet approved the proposed amendments.
- The town website will post agendas, virtual warnings, and supplementary materials when available. Please note that all public hearings require a two-week warning. This information is available at greensborovt.org/planning-commission/.
- The Planning Commission meets on the second Wednesday of each month. These meetings are open to the public, but these are working meetings and cannot accommodate lengthy public comment. The warned public hearings will be devoted exclusively to public comment. Due to the pandemic, all public hearings will be virtual until further notice.
Last and by no means least, community input is an important part of this process. The Planning Commission has asked me to collect all comments, so please send any written comments to me. I will copy all emails and letters that I receive and distribute those to the Planning Commission members for their review.
Please let me know if you have questions or input regarding this process.
Brett Stanciu, Zoning Administrator
Town of Greensboro
PO Box 119
Greensboro, VT 05843
The Town of Greensboro’s Planning Commission (GPC) has posted four additional documents on the Town’s official website following our email earlier this week, one of which makes a significant change in the GPC’s proposed Short-Term Rental (STR) bylaw by removing the one week minimum rental period in favor of a new minimum rental period of three nights from June 15th to September 15th for Caspian Lake properties. All other parts of the STR bylaw (fees, application requirements and DRB submissions) remain substantially the same.
Those four documents (itemized below) are available at https://www.greensborovt.org/planning-commission/ under the heading GPC Supplemental Documents for Meetings 2021. The Greensboro Association (GA) strongly advises that all members review these documents, as well as those covered by our email of December 17 entitled New Greensboro Zoning Proposals You Should Know About .
The GA is advised that the GPC may vote on the proposed new bylaws as early as the GPC’s next scheduled meeting on January 13, 2021 (Wednesday afternoon 3:30 p.m. *NOTE TIME CHANGE*). That meeting will be held via Zoom and interested members of the public are invited to attend and will be given the opportunity to submit questions and offer comments.
We advise that all GA members take the time to review these new draft zoning proposals promptly and submit comments or concerns in writing to the GPC at [email protected] by January 13, 2021.
The GPC will post the Zoom link for the January 13, 2021 meeting at https://www.greensborovt.org/planning-commission/
The GPC’s four supplemental postings are:
Proposed Short-Term Rental Bylaw, draft, 1.13.2021: This is a revised draft of the GPC’s proposed new rental bylaw. It establishes a new minimum rental period of three nights during the period of June 15th to September 15th, and no minimum rental period outside of those dates. The proposed one-rental-per-week requirement (which would have required a property to remain vacant for the remainder of the week if rented for less than a week) has been dropped. We expect further revisions to this draft by the GPC.
The Rationale of a Greensboro Short-Term Rental Bylaw 1.13.2021: This 12-page report carefully notes that it has been prepared by a subcommittee of the GPC “to inform the Greensboro community of [the] rationale for a proposed bylaw to manage short term rentals” and “may not necessarily reflect the unanimous view of the entire” GPC.
Zoning Application for STR, draft, 1.13.21: This is a draft of the proposed two-page application that property owners would have to complete and submit to the Town in order to obtain a permit to rent their property for short term rentals aggregating more than 14 days total.
State of VT Short-Term Rental Safety, Health and Financial Obligations, 1.13.2021: This is the State form that property owners would have to complete and submit to the Town (and also post within their property) in order to obtain a permit to rent their property for short term rentals aggregating more than 14 days total.
The Greensboro Association views its role to inform our membership of these potential zoning changes, and to provide contact information if individuals wish to weigh in on the process to the Greensboro Planning Commission. We do not have a gatekeepers role nor do we wish to vet public comments which properly should be made directly to the GPC. Consequently, we have made the decision not to continue to post comments on our site. We urge anyone who has an opinion, concern or comment (pro or con) regarding the pending draft zoning proposals to express it via email, mail or in person to the GPC using the contact information provided above. Thank you.
With holidays approaching and COVID cases rising in Vermont and nationwide, the State of Vermont has issued a mandatory quarantine for anyone traveling into or returning to Vermont.
Governor Scott notes that universal quarantine is particularly critical to observe as we approach the holiday season, as travel and indoor gatherings central to the season are the two biggest contributors to the spread of COVID 19.
The State discourages non-essential travel, and is advocating for virtual holiday celebrations.
Quarantine is defined as 14 days on one’s own property. If you haven’t had any symptoms of COVID-19, you may also have the option to seek a PCR test on or after Day 7 to end quarantine early with a negative result.
Locally, this means Willey’s and area stores, library and post offices are OFF LIMITS to anyone in quarantine. The Greensboro Stannard Emergency Response Team will reinstitute the delivery system so successful previously in helping people get supplies and meet needs.
Please note that according to the State Department of Health, the only reliable test is the PCR test, given 5-7 days after exposure, NOT the COVID rapid test. PCR tests are available locally at Kinney Drug in Morrisville and area pop up sites (more information to be provided as these are established). Copley Hospital will also administer tests, but only with a doctor’s order. Turn around time is generally 2-3 days. Any tests taken before arrival in Vermont at this time are not valid reasons to avoid quarantine.
For more detailed information, please refer to the Vermont State Department of Health link provided here:
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