The Select Board is the legislative body of the Town and enacts ordinances and regulations as required for the health, safety, and welfare of the residents. The Board prepares an annual budget for approval by the voters at Town Meeting.
The Board meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall. The agenda for each meeting is finalized on the Friday immediately before the meeting. Individuals are welcome to speak to the Board under Citizens Comments on matters not included on the agenda. Meetings are recorded by the Springfield Area Public Access and are played locally for those individuals who subscribe to the local cable television.
Notice of Public Hearing Proposed Amendments to the Chester Town Plan In accordance with the provisions of 24 V.S.A. §4384, the Town of Chester Selectboard will hold the first of two public hearings on April 3, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Offices to hear public comments on adopting the Chester Town Plan with amendments as described below. Chapter 3 Utilities and Facilities This chapter has been updated to reflect current conditions since the Town Plan was last amended in 2015 as follows:
The updated description of town departments, facilities and their needs was developed based on input from individual Department Heads and other town staff members.
An inventory, status and needs of town owned historic buildings was added based on the input of the Historic Preservation Committee.
References to identify potential funding sources for improvements were included.
The revised Chapter 3 identifies the town goals for transportation improvements and furthers the following goal: To provide for safe, convenient, economic and energy efficient transportation systems that respect the integrity of the natural environment, including public transit options and paths for pedestrians and bicyclers. The revised Chapter 3 also presents recreational goals and furthers the following goal: To maintain and enhance recreational opportunities for Vermont residents and visitors The addition of potential funding to Chapter 3 furthers the following goal: To plan for, finance and provide an efficient system of public facilities and services to meet future needs. Chapter 5 Education and Child Care Facilities This chapter has been updated to reflect the current status (in 2018) of the school district after enactment of Act 46 and recent enrollment figures. Information about home schooling in Chester was added. The chapter continues to support the development and operation of child care facilities in town. Chapter 6 Energy The Energy Chapter was completely rewritten for this Town Plan amendment to serve as an enhanced energy plan to provide the Town of Chester greater standing in Public Utilities Commission proceedings. The primary goal of the Energy Chapter is to make efficient use of energy, provide for the development of renewable energy resources and reduce emissions of green house gases. In addition to reflecting the State goals for energy conservation, the revised chapter reflects the Town Plan Land Use chapter goals to conserve natural resources and to encourage and promote high density development and government buildings in village areas within walking distance of village residents. The revised chapter is consistent with the Town Plan Transportation chapter goals of expanding public and rail transportation as an alternative to automobile and truck traffic and of encouraging bicycle and pedestrian improvements. Chapter 10 Economic Development A section describing the Village Center designation was added to the Economic Development chapter, along with a map of the Village Center, to comply with statutory requirements. The additional language furthers the following goal: Economic growth should be encouraged in locally designated growth areas, employed to revitalize existing village and urban centers, or both, and should be encouraged in growth centers designated under chapter 76A of Title 24 of the Vermont statutes. Copies of the full text of the Chester Town Plan are available for review at the Chester Town Offices, P.O. Box 370, Chester, Vermont 05143. Persons wishing to be heard at the hearing may do so in person, may be represented by an agent, or may file written comments with the Chester Selectboard prior to the hearing. Dated at the Town of Chester, Windsor County, State of Vermont, this 18th day of March, 2019