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1999 State Legislative Report - Vermont

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I CIVIL ACTIONS
II ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
III. ESCROWS
IV. INSURANCE / BUSINESS ISSUES
V. STATUTORY LIENS
VI. TAXES
VII. PUBLIC ENTITIES
D. Zoning

Act 37 -- This Act attempts to provide some relief to property owners who run and operate family day care homes. The Act amends 24 V.S.A. '4409(f) such that a state registered family day care home serving six or fewer children shall be considered by right to constitute a permitted single-family residence. State registered family day care homes in operations prior to the passage of this Act shall also qualify by right to constitute a permitted single-family residence so long as the day care home operates as such and does not serve more than 12 children.

B. Statute of Limitations
Act 46 -- This Act is the second attempt at resolving the Bianchi type problem caused when property does not have the necessary permits or failed to obtain all necessary municipal and/or state permits. The Act creates, (1) a fifteen year statute of limitations for the enforcement of municipal land use permits; (2) determines that the failure to obtain or comply with the terms of any municipal land use permit shall not create an encumbrance on the title or effect its marketability; and (3) creates a limited conditional amnesty for state subdivision permits for residential property. The state amnesty applies only to single family residences and only where the structure, its potable water supply and wastewater disposal system was substantially constructed as of January 1, 1999 and the wastewater disposal system has not failed. An Owners= Certificate and Engineer or Site Technician’s checklist must be completed to qualify for the amnesty.

VIII. REAL PROPERTY INTERESTS
C. Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions Act 47 -- This Act implements a Study of Accessibility Standards for Residential Housing, by which the Department of Labor and Industry and the Department of Housing and Community Affairs shall study and make recommendations on the building codes for new home construction and rental properties to provide accessibility to disabled and impaired persons. The Act is designed to make recommendations on ways to increase handicapped accessible housing and develop strategies on how to implement such housing code changes and modifications in an effort to increase the availability of handicapped accessible housing in Vermont.

IX. DEEDS AND SECURITY INTERESTS
X. RECORDING
C. Recording Requirement
Act M-3 -- This Act changes the name of the Town of Sherburne (in Rutland County) to Killington in all matters of record and in all legal notices and papers. All legal matters relating to the town that were commenced prior to the effective date of the Act shall remain valid.


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