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Development Review Board PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Tuesday, April 18, 2023, at 6:00 PM


The Newfane Development Review Board (DRB) will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, at 6:00 PM at Newfane Town Office, 555 Vermont Route 30 in Newfane, and via zoom. The hearing is to consider the application of Todd Swim for approval of an application for a variance of the zoning law, for the premises located at 89 Timson Hill Road, Newfane, Tax Lot ID# D-66.

Per section 334 of the Newfane Zoning By-Laws, a setback of 65 feet from the centerline of road is required for new construction; the applicant is requesting a variance to instead have a 35 foot setback from the centerline of the road.

A site visit at 3:00 PM will precede the hearing.

The application to be considered at the hearing is available for public review at the Newfane Town Office, Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Persons wishing to appear at the public hearing may do so in person or via zoom as well as by a representative or attorney or through written comment.

Participation in the public hearing portion of these proceedings is a pre-requisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal.

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Newfane Development Review Board

Erica Walch, Secretary

March 30, 2023

Positions on 2022 Town Meeting Ballot

The following positions will be on the ballot for election in Newfane on Town Meeting Day, March 1, 2022.

  • Town Moderator 1 year
  • Town Clerk 1 year
  • Town Treasurer 1 year
  • Delinquent Tax Collector 1 year
  • 1 Selectboard Member, 3 year term
  • 2 Selectboard Members, 1 year term
  • 1 Lister, 3 Year Term
  • 1 Lister, 1 Year of 3 year Term
  • 1 Lister, 2 years of 3 year term
  • Town Agent 1 year
  • Town Constable 1 year
  • West River Unified District School Director 3 year term

Petitions signed by 15 Newfane registered voters and Consent of Candidate Forms must be submitted to the Town Clerk by 5 PM on Monday, January 24, 2022.

Please note that all the present incumbents are eligible to run again for the positions that they hold and the fact that the position is on this list does not mean that an incumbent does not intend to run again.

You may obtain petitions and consent of candidate forms from the Town Clerk or the Secretary of State website.


Pursuant to the provisions of 24 V.S.A., §801, notice is hereby given that the Board of Civil Authority within and for the Town of Newfane will on the 7th day of December, 2021, at 5:00 p.m., meet at the Newbrook Fire Station to conduct the following business: to appoint a Presiding Officer for the voting portion of the Special Town Meeting to be held at 6 PM on December 7, 2021.

December 7, 2021
Carol Hesselbach, Clerk of the BCA

Four public places
Board of Civil Authority
Board Members
Town Website by Carol Hesselbach
Town Clerk

Press Release for Special Meeting December 7th at 6:00 pm at the NewBrook Fire House

Town of Newfane Special Meeting to be held December 7th at 6:00 pm at the NewBrook Fire House

Vote on Town Purchase of Gravel Pit at Radway Hill Road and River Road

November 30, 2021

The Town of Newfane will be holding a special town meeting on December 7th to discuss the proposed purchase of a gravel pit located at the juncture of Radway Hill Road and River Road in Newfane. The meeting will be held at the NewBrook Fire House located at 698 VT-30, Newfane at 6:00 pm. An informational meeting was presented on November 15 as part of the regular Newfane Selectboard meeting and will be represented at the December meeting. The presentation is available on the town’s website.

The proposal is to purchase a 21-acre site for $450,000. Based on a report by Savoy Engineering that analyzed the composition of the gravel and sand on two-thirds of the site, there is sufficient material to meet the town’s gravel needs for at least 30 years. The available sand at the site would last even longer. The analysis was done on only 13 of the 21 acres and based on visual examination, the additional 8 acres have a similar composition. Therefore, the town can anticipate using the pit for several decades.

The cost of gravel and sand have risen 54% in the last year and the town’s budget for these two items has had to rise from $145,000 annually to $223,000. This is an issue being experienced by scores of Vermont communities as well as across the globe as sand has become a scarcer resource. A financial projection estimates the savings to Newfane of $2.1 million over 10 years.

Town residents will be asked to vote on two articles which will allow the Selectboard to both purchases the site and borrow the necessary funds to cover the purchase price and other associated costs, particularly the cost of completing the required Act 250 permit. There will be a floor vote; one must be registered to vote in the Town of Newfane and present at the meeting in order to vote. There will not be a paper ballot unless requested at the meeting by at least seven residents; the meeting will not be on Zoom.

Jay Wilson, Newfane Road Foreman, noted, “It is becoming more and more difficult to find contractors that have sand and gravel to sell – at any price. We use about 12,000 cubic yards of gravel and sand every year. With over 800,000 cubic yards available on just 13 of the 21 acres, this will be a boom for the town for years to come.” Mike Fitzpatrick, a Newfane Selectboard member, agreed and added, “Purchasing the property now will ensure that we have the materials we need and at a price that is not continually increasing.”

At the Selectboard meeting, more details were given about the Act 250 permitting process that the town is required to complete before opening the gravel pit for town operation. Most importantly to surrounding neighbors, given the composition of the material, there is no need for blasting of rock. The town will screen sand and crush gravel on an annual basis and truck it to the town garage for storage. There will not be a constant stream of trucks or activity at the site.

Selectboard Chair Angela Litchfield-Sanborn noted, “At the December 7th meeting we will answer any questions from town residents and we have several photos available to show what the site looks like today. We hope residents will come out to learn more about the proposal and cast their vote.”

For more information, please contact Newfane Town Administrative Assistant, Wannetta Powling at or 802-365-7772 Ext. 4.






Development Review Board special meeting Thursday, November 4, 2021,

The Newfane Development Review Board will hold a special meeting Thursday, November 4, 2021, at 6:30 pm at the Newfane Town Hall.   The meeting may also be joined via Zoom as follows:

Access the website Click “join a meeting” – upper right of the screen Enter meeting i.d. 831 5277 5039 – no spaces needed Click ”join” Enter passcode 148143 Click “join meeting”       The purpose of the meeting is to determine appropriate follow-up regarding an application for the development of the property at 788 Vermont Route 30; tax parcel B111 forwarded to the Board by the Newfane Zoning Administrator.  This is not a hearing to approve or deny the application.

October 30, 2021

Newfane Development Review Board

Walter Dadik, Secretary

Hazard Mitigation Plan Public Meeting April 12th and April 21st, 2021

Update of the Newfane
Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
Public Meeting Announcement

Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

2 Meeting Dates: April 12th and April 21st, 2021
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM

Via Zoom
See Newfane Town website for meeting details

Come learn about and help to update Newfane’s Local
Hazard Mitigation Plan! What hazards does the town face?
What actions can the Town take now to lower vulnerability
before the next natural hazard strikes?

For more information, contact:
Margo Ghia at 802-257-4547 x116 or

Rental Housing Stabilization Program– Vermont State Housing Authority

Funding for relief programs for renters and homeowners experiencing hardships due to COVID-19 are opening Monday July 13th. The applications will be online. Information on Rental Stabilization program and Vermont COVID Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program are below. More information will be posted on VHFA and VSHA websites. Please keep checking them and we will keep you updated as more information is released and share this widely.

Rental Housing Stabilization Program– Vermont State Housing Authority

The Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) Rental Housing Stabilization Program (RHSP) is for funding landlords on behalf of tenants in need of rental arrearage assistance.  This program will provide the VSHA Payment Standard or the actual amount due for the month(s) being claimed, whichever is less, per household at a single unit who meet eligibility criteria.  The goal of this program is to prevent homelessness and to provide housing stability.

The program is funded through Vermont’s allocation of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

VSHA will begin receiving applications July 13 from tenants and/or landlords on a rolling basis. The funding is first come, first serve.  More information will be posted as to dates and eligibility after July 13th.  Please continue to check here for updates and to apply.

Vermont COVID Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program- Vermont Housing Finance Agency

Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) will soon begin to accept applications for the Vermont COVID Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program. The program, which is funded through the federal CARES Act, will help Vermont homeowners facing economic hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is available to ALL Vermonters – not just those who have mortgages funded through VHFA home mortgage programs.


  • Vermont homeowners of property that is their primary residence
  • Are behind on their primary mortgage due to a COVID-related financial hardship
  • Entered into the mortgage prior to March 1, 2020
  • Income limit and additional requirements apply (to be announced)

VHFA intends to prioritize applicants with lower incomes, but given the limited amount of funds and the limited time to review applications and distribute awards there is no assurance that any individual application will be funded.

How to apply

Applications will be received through VHFA’s website. The application period has not yet started. We expect to have more information on application dates, requirements, and eligibility available after July 13. We encourage you to visit this page regularly for updates.

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COVID-19 Business Resiliency Program

Housing Assistance Programs

Governor Phil Scott, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA), and the Vermont State Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) announced $30 million in housing assistance to those affected by COVID-19. The programs utilize federal CARES Act funding to provide relief for those tenants unable to pay rent, landlords suffering from a loss of rent payments and those lower income homeowners needing assistance in paying the mortgage.

These relief programs will be available starting Monday, July 13th through two different programs. Technical assistance for these programs is being provided by Vermont Legal Aid to help tenants and homeowners and technical assistance has been made available through the Vermont Landlord Association to help landlords access these programs.

Rental Housing Stabilization Program

The Vermont State Housing Authority, an agency that manages federal rental assistance programs statewide, will administer the $25 million rental assistance program.  The program will provide the VSHA Payment Standard or the actual amount due for the month(s) being claimed, whichever is less, per household at a single unit who meet eligibility criteria.

Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis, and assisted units must be free from life safety hazards. Find applications, additional program eligibility requirements, and answers to FAQs at the VSHA website.

Vermont Mortgage Assistance Program

Vermont’s new Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP) will help low-income homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage and are facing economic hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide up to three monthly mortgage payments directly to the servicer of the mortgage with a goal of preventing future foreclosure. Administered by Vermont Housing Finance Agency with $5 million of the funding provided to Vermont through the federal CARES Act, the program is available to any homeowner who meets the eligibility criteria, and is not just for VHFA borrowers.

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Bank Reconciliations Job Search July 9, 2020

The Town Of Newfane is looking for someone who is qualified to do bank reconciliations once a
Melissa Brown, Town Treasurer, will train the person to do the job.
The flat remuneration for this work is $50.00 a month. The important part of the job is that it
must be done in a timely manner and be completed on time each month. Must have strong
math skills and knowledge of how to balance bank accounts.
Please have a resume to bring to an interview with the Selectboard.
More details about the job are listed below:
The bank reconciliation statement is a summary of banking and business activity that
reconciles the town’s bank account with its financial records. The statement outlines the
deposits, withdrawals and other activities affecting a bank account for a specific period.
This reconciliation needs to be done monthly. It is very important to reconcile the
account as soon as possible once the bank statement is received.
To reconcile the account you must:
1. Compare the deposits – Match the deposits in the Town records with those in the bank
2. Compare the expenses – Match the expenses in the Town records with those in the
bank statement
3. Print out four reports.
4. Fill out summary sheet for bank reconciliation
5. Compare the balances
6. Explain why there is a difference if there is one.

For more information please contact:

Wannetta Powling  Newfane Selectboard Administrative Assistant / Human Resources

802-365-7772 Ext. #4


Planning Commission: Notice of Public Hearing

Notice is hereby given to the residents of the Town of Newfane, VT that the Newfane Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at the Town Office, 555 Vermont Route 30, Newfane, VT, on Tuesday May 29, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. This hearing will be held for public review of and comment on the revised town plan update/Readoption pursuant to Title 24 VSA, Chapter 117.
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