Open boards and commissions in Bennington

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The following is a list of the Town of Bennington Boards and Commissions and includes a brief description of the duties of each office and those positions that became available in March and will become available in May, 2016. Bennington residents interested in these positions must submit a letter of interest for the position desired to the Bennington Select Board and send it to the Town Manager's Office, 205 South Street, P.O. Box 469, Bennington, Vermont 05201, no later than noon on Monday, April 18.

Development Review Board

The Development Review Board hears and decides upon permit applications regarding development in the Town of Bennington including, Variance Requests, Conditional Use Requests, Site Plans, Design Plans, Planned Unit Developments, Planned Residential Developments, Subdivisions, and Appeals of the Zoning Administrator=s decisions. Board members will be expected to attend at least one training session annually to develop and maintain the skills and knowledge necessary to perform their powers and duties on the Board.

Three year terms, two position open that expire May 2019

Housing Authority

An autonomous body appointed for terms of five years by the Select Board which acts as the Board of Directors for Housing Authority properties (Willowbrook, Brookside Apartments, Beech Court, and Walloomsac Apartments) and oversees the staff and sets policies for operation.

Five year terms, two positions open, expiring March 2018 and March 2021 respectively.

Board of Listers

An appointed position with a term of two years. Meetings are held once or twice per month or as needed. The Listers inspect properties, approve assessments developed by the Assessor's Office and hear and act upon appeals by property owners.

Two year terms, two positions open, each expire March 2018

Planning Commission

An appointed position with a term of four years. Meetings will be established when the Commission meets. This is a five member board. The Planning Commission drafts, revises, updates and upholds the provisions of the Town Plan; makes recommendations to the Select Board regarding amendments to the Zoning Bylaw, sign ordinance, and subdivision regulations; actively participates in the preservation of historic sites and agricultural lands; and is charged with the overall planning of Bennington.

Four year term, one position open, expires May 2020

Regional Commission

An appointed position with a term of two years. The Regional Commission, part of a county-wide planning commission charged with development of the overall regional planning policies, is empowered to develop budgets, employ staff and assist in development of a regional plan.

Two year term, one position open, expires March 2018

Town Service Officer

An appointed position with a term of one year. The Town Service Officer acts as an agent for the Town and operates a voucher system to provide housing and meals to transients in emergency situations.

One year term, one position open, expires April 14, 2017


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