Some lawmakers want to
create tougher restrictions for property developments along Vermont's lakes and
A committee of state
senators is putting the finishing touches on their counterproposal to a measure
passed by the House last year. The bill would restrict how much of a property
and which portions of it can be cleared or covered by impervious surfaces.
Proponents say the move
will prevent further degradation of Vermont's waterways. Opponents worry the
measure would infringe on private property rights.
"If everybody makes
use of their land-- the maximum-- they won't have a lake to use. It will be
something quite different. So this is in the collective interest of all the
property owners," said Sen. Peter Galbraith, D-Windham.
"There are, I
believe, very few people who have to move heavy things in and out of the water
sitting in this room, and I do. And there's a whole bunch of this that's just
so impractical it's beyond belief," said Sen. John Rodgers,
An EPA report
found 80 percent of Vermont's lakes and ponds are in poor shape.
The bill is expected to
easily pass out of committee and be taken up by the entire Senate. Should the
measure pass the full body, members of the House would need to decide whether
to accept the Senate's changes or tweak the bill.
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