Plans, Ordinances, & Policies
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Many of the rules and laws that govern life and business in Barnard come from the federal and state governments, but some are adopted and implemented by the Town itself. Here are brief descriptions and links (when available digitally) to the various town plans, ordinances, and policies that impact Barnard.
If no digital copy exists, you can find original documents at the Town Office, open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8am-3:30pm.
Although towns are not required by law to adopt a town plan, there are many incentives for towns that adopt a town plan and have it approved by their regional planning commission.
Town plans are updated and adopted every eight years. Click here to read Barnard’s current Town Plan, adopted in 2016.
The review and approval of Barnard’s 2016 Town Plan by the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission can be found here.
Unified Zoning & Subdivision Regulations
As Adopted by Town Vote November 6, 2012, the Unified Zoning & Subdivision Regulations are intended to “encourage and provide for the appropriate and orderly use and development of all waters, lands and buildings in the Town in a manner which will promote and protect the public health, safety, prosperity, comfort, convenience, and general welfare of its citizens and residents,” while protecting natural resources, public health, and the environment, and protecting against accidents and other harm that certain land uses could potentially cause.
Dog and Wolf-Hybrids Ordinance
Adopted by the Selectboard on May 27, 2015, the Dogs Ordinance regulates the keeping of dogs (and wolf hybrids) and provides for their leashing, muzzling, restraint, impoundment, and destruction and their running at large, so as to protect the public health and safety of the Town and the quiet enjoyment of its residents’ homes and properties.
The Ordinance establishes five different categories of “Nuisances,” mandates the licensing and collaring of dogs, and defines the penalties for various offenses.
Town Hall Rental Policy
The Town Hall Rental Policy establishes rules for renting the Town Hall for events. You must be a legal resident or taxpayer in Barnard to rent the Town Hall, and the rental fee is $250 per day, plus a cleaning fee of $75, and a refundable deposit of $200. Other rules governing the rental and clean-up obligations are described in the policy.
Town roads are classified as Class 1, 2, 3, or 4 in accordance with Vermont state statute, and the Town Selectboard is responsible for for reviewing and reclassifying town roads in Barnard. The Road Ordinance also guides the construction and maintenance of town roads.
Road & Bridge Standards
The Road & Bridge Standards apply to the construction, repair, and maintenance of Town roads. They are a list of minimum technical and safety standards that involve the roads themselves, ditches and slopes, culverts and bridges, and guardrails.
Solid Waste Disposal and Recycling Ordinance
The Solid Waste Disposal and Recycling Ordinance defines various categories of waste, prohibits certain means of illegal disposal, and describes the Town’s solid waste management program.
Policies Governing the Selectboard, Town Committees, and Doing Business with the Town
Selectboard Conflict of Interest Policy
Adopted by the Selectboard on May 20, 2015, the Conflict of Interest Policy ensures that the business of the Town of Barnard is conducted in such a way that no public official of the Town will gain a personal or financial advantage from his or her work for the municipality, and so that the public trust in our town officials will be preserved. The policy also ensures that all decisions by the Selectboard are based on the best interest of the community at large.
Adopted in May 2010, the Purchasing Policy intends to ensure that the highest quality goods and services are obtained by the Town of Barnard at the lowest possible price by exercising financial control over the purchasing process and allowing for fair and equal opportunity among qualified suppliers. It mandates that no purchase over $5,000 shall be made by any Town officer or employee without approval of the Selectboard, and that all purchases of $100,000 or greater shall be subject to an open bid process.
DRB Rules of Procedure and Conflict of Interest Policy
The Development Review Board’s Rules of Procedure and Conflict of Interest Policy were adopted to ensure consistent and fair treatment of applicants and interested persons, and participants, orderly and efficient public proceedings, and compliance with state and federal law, and also ensuring that no board member will gain a personal or financial advantage from his or her work for the board.