§ 2501. State scenic roads; designation and discontinuance
(a) On the recommendation of the byways advisory council, the transportation board may designate or discontinue any state highway, or portion of a state highway, as a state scenic road. The board shall hold a hearing on the recommendation and shall submit a copy of its decision together with its findings to the byways advisory council within 60 days after receipt of the recommendation. The hearing shall be held in the vicinity of the proposed scenic highway.
(c) A state scenic road shall not be reconstructed or improved unless the reconstruction or improvement is conducted in accordance with the agency of transportation's Vermont Design Standards, as amended. (Added 1985, No. 269 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1989, No. 246 (Adj. Sess.), § 24; 1995, No. 190 (Adj. Sess.), § 1(a); 2011, No. 62, § 23; 2011, No. 139 (Adj. Sess.), § 51(h), eff. May 14, 2012.)
§ 2502. Town scenic roads; designation and discontinuance
(a) On recommendation of the planning commission of a municipality, or on the initiative of the legislative body of a municipality, a legislative body may, after one public hearing warned for the purpose, designate or discontinue any town highway or portion of a town highway as a town scenic highway. Such action by the legislative body may be petitioned by the registered voters of the municipality pursuant to the provisions of 24 V.S.A. § 1973.
(b) A town scenic road may be reconstructed or improved in a manner consistent with the agency of transportation's Vermont Design Standards, as amended. A class 1, 2, or 3 scenic highway shall still be eligible to receive aid pursuant to the provisions of this title.
(c) [Repealed.] (Added 1985, No. 269 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 2011, No. 62, § 24.)
§ 2503. Register
The agency of transportation may annually publish a register containing a listing of all state and locally designated scenic roads. Any listing shall include the mileage of each road and any special, natural, historical, or scenic attractions on the road. (Added 1985, No. 269 (Adj. Sess.), § 1.)
§ 2504. Additional funds
The agency, and any qualifying municipality, shall have authority to accept and spend any funds made available to them for the purpose of enhancing or establishing designated scenic roads. (Added 1985, No. 269 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1989, No. 246 (Adj. Sess.), § 25.)
§ 2505. Rights of adjacent landowners
Nothing in this chapter shall preclude the rights of a landowner from developing property adjacent to a designated scenic road, so long as the development is in accordance with existing law or ordinance. (Added 1985, No. 269 (Adj. Sess.), § 1.)