Jon Anderson

Jon Anderson

Senior Counsel
Burlington VT

Jon Anderson concentrates his practice in Zoning, Act 250, Environmental permitting, Environmental clean-up, Real Estate, Complex property valuation, Title Insurance, Land Use and Environmental Litigation in Vermont. He has developed his practice to meet the needs of his widespread clientele throughout the state.

 Jon’s experience in Zoning and Real Estate extends over 39 years and has positioned him to understand Vermont’s unique real estate landscape and be able to obtain the best business result for his client including the expeditious resolution of permitting issues for a wide variety of facilities such as banks, shopping centers, other retail operations and housing developments.

 He received his J.D. from Yale University, his B.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, B.S. Ch.E., and was a recipient of the Salisbury Award, the highest distinction offer to graduating students.

Notables

·         Appointed by Governor Kunin to Technical Advisory Committee on Solid Waste for the State of Vermont and to the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Hazardous Waste of which he was chosen Chair

·         Interim Counsel to the Governor, 1990-1991

·         Montpelier Planning Commission, 1985-1988, 2011-

·         Vermont Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee, Vice Chair, 1995-1998, Chair, 1998-2001

·         Vermont House of Representatives (on the Water Resources Committee), Member, 2007-2008

·         Judge Advocate General Officer for the Vermont State Guard, 2008-

 

Publications:

·         Decision Analysis in Environmental Decision-making: Improving the Concorde Balance, 5 Columbia Journal of Environmental Law 156 (1978)

·         Environmental Enforcements, Vermont Bar Journal & Law Digest, October 1995

·         Planning and Zoning Chapter Environmental Law Practice Manual, Vermont Bar Association (1st ed. 1998), (2nd ed. 2006)

·         Law and Land Development in Vermont (1st ed. 2002), (2nd ed. 2006)

·         A Commentary on the Permit Reform Bill, Vermont Bar Journal and Law Digest, Summer, 2004

·         Land Use Litigation is Different, Vermont Bar Journal and Law Digest, Winter 2005-2006

·         Approaches to Off-Site Mitigation of Agricultural and Forestry Soils, Vermont Environment Monitor, February 2005

·         Recent Act 250 Decisions Threaten To Reduce Local Control, VLCT News

·         Environmental Enforcements, The Vermont Bar Journal & Law Digest, October 1995

·         Reopening Permit Threatens Land-Use Process, The Burlington Free Press, August 20, 1998

·         It’s “Sprawl” in the Eye of the Beholder, New England’s Environment, June 1999

·         Changes to Regional Plan Could Strangle Development, Vermont Business Magazine, November, 1999

·         Imprecise Tool for Measuring Sprawl Produces Misleading Results, AIV News & Views, January 14, 2000

·         There Are Some Ways Vermont Can Respond To Sprawl, The Burlington Free Press, June 16, 1999

·         Two Views On Making Local Plans Work For Towns In The Act 250 Process, VLCT News, February 2000

·         Legislators Challenged To Thoughtful Permit Reform, The Burlington Free Press, December 20, 2000

·         Defining the Limits of Act 250 Jurisdiction, The Vermont Bar Journal, Spring 2005

·         Vermont’s Revised Water Clean-Up Law, Vermont Business Magazine, September 2015

·         S.123 Should Be Defeated, The Vermont Bar Journal, Fall 2015

 

Scholarly Lectures: 

·         Major Land Use Laws, NBI, January, 1995

·         Land Use Law Update in Vermont, NBI, July 27, 1995

·         Major Land Use Laws, NBI, March 22, 1996

·         Land Use Law Update in Vermont, NBI, September 18, 1996

·         Lead Paint Hazard, VT Bankers Association, October 17, 2006

·         Major Land Use Laws in Vermont, NBI, March 27, 1997

·         Advanced Real Estate Law in Vermont, NBI, December 2, 1997

·         Advanced Real Estate Law in Vermont, NBI, December 8, 1998

·         Major Land Use Laws in Vermont, NBI, August 18, 1999

·         Advanced Real Estate Law in Vermont, NBI, February 1, 2000

·         Land Use Law Update in Vermont, NBI, May 17, 2000

·         Major Land Use Laws in Vermont, NBI, December 15, 2000

·         Land Use Law Update in Vermont, NBI, November 30, 2001

·         Issues Affecting Brownfields Development Projects In Vermont, Lorman Education Service, December 3, 2002

·         Zoning and Land Use in Vermont, Lorman Education Services, November 12, 2002

·         Land Use Law Update in Vermont, NBI, November 13, 2002

·         Contaminated Property Transactions Seminar, NBI, October 2-3, 2002

·         Major Land Use Laws in Vermont, NBI, May 6, 2003

·         Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use Law in Vermont, NBI, August 18, 2003

·         Zoning and Land Use in Vermont, Lorman Education Services, November 13, 2003

·         Vermont Land Use:  Current Issues in Subdivision and Zoning Law, NBI, April 29, 2004

·         Permit Reform, Stormwater and other Hot Topics in Environmental Law, VT Bar Association, May 27, 2004

·         Basic Skills in Vermont Practice and Procedure, VT Bar Association, October 28, 2004

·         Zoning and Land Use Law, Lorman Education Services, February, 2005

·         Rural Land Use Issues in Vermont, NBI, May 18, 2005

·         How To Address Zoning, Act 250 and Other Environmental Issues in Assembling Complex Real Estate Deals in Vermont, NBI, August 31, 2005

·         Zoning and Land Use in Vermont, Lorman Education Services, December 1, 2005

·         Advanced Zoning and Land Use, Lorman Education Services, April 11, 2006

·         Complying with Vermont Land Use Laws and Regulations, NBI, May 10, 2006

·         Resolving Real Estate Title Defects, NBI, November 15, 2006

·         Examining and Resolving Title Issues, NBI, December 5, 2006

·         Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation, NBI, February 13, 2007

·         Zoning and Land Use Law, NBI, June 12, 2007

·         Advanced Zoning and Land Use, Lorman Education Services, March 29, 2007

·         Plat and Subdivision Law in Vermont, Lorman Education Services, November 11, 2008

·         Trends in Water Regulation, Vermont Association of Commercial Real Estate Brokers

·         Land Use and Zoning Law, NBI, April 13, 2009

·         Title Law in Vermont, NBI, May 11, 2009

·         Real Estate Closings A-Z, NBI, June 11, 2009

·         VBA CLE for Military Family Law, July 28, 2009

·         Advanced Title Insurance Issues, NBI, March 31, 2010

·         Real Estate Law:  Advanced Issues and Answers, NBI, June 28, 2010

·         Handling Real Estate Transactions With Confidence, NBI, March 31, 2011

·         Top 10 Title Defects-Cured, NBI, June 18, 2012

·         Advanced Issues in Real Estate Law, NBI, March 15, 2012

·         Title Workshop:  From Examination to Commitment, NBI, February 5, 2013

·         Title Law In Vermont, NBI, March 3, 2014

·         Handling Real Estate Transactions With Confidence, NBI, June 12, 2014

·         Advanced Issues in Real Estate Law, NBI, March 5, 2015

·         Environmental and Regulatory Seminar, AIV, August 13, 2015

·         Surveys, Plats, Historical Records, Legal Descriptions & Title Insurance, NBI, March 2, 2016

·         Title Law Boot Camp, NBI, June 9, 2016

·         Land Use from Start to Finish, NBI, December 5, 2016 

Other Community Service:

·         Board of Trustees of the Vermont Arts Council, Member, 1992-1996

·         Vermont Lodging & Restaurant Association, Member, Treasurer, 1992-1998, Vice President, 1997-1998

·         Montpelier Downtown Community Association, Board Member, 1999-, Chair, 2003-2005 and 2014-2015

·         Pyralisk Arts Center, Board Member, 2000-, Secretary, 2000-2004, Treasurer, 2004-

·         Montpelier Travel Information Council, Chair, 1996-2005

·         Committee to develop a transit center and park in downtown Montpelier, Chair, 2002-2012

·         Montpelier City Council (three terms as President), 1988-1996

·         Vermont Board of Architects (by gubernatorial appointment), 1999-2000

·         Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Member, 1996-, President, 1998-2000

·         White House Conference on Travel & Tourism, 1997

·         Central Vermont Economic Development Corp., Board Member, 2014-Vermont House Member, 2007-2008