White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors presented the second annual Vermont Development Conference on Wednesday, November 4, at the Sheraton Burlington Conference Center. More than 275 development and real estate professionals came together for a full day of networking, seminars and workshops. Click here to see photos from the event!

Seminars followed three important tracks:

  • Permitting
  • Finance & Project Economics
  • Design, Construction & the Environment

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When: Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Where: Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center – 870 Williston Road South Burlington, Vermont

Continuing Ed Credits: Professional designation continuing education credits will not be offered this year. The Planning Committee may consider this in future years

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Schedule overview

8:00 a.m.  Registration

8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Keynote

10:15 a.m. Morning Sessions

11:45 a.m. Networking and Exhibits

12:15 p.m. Lunch and Panel

1:30 p.m. Afternoon Sessions

3:00 p.m. Networking and Exhibits

3:30 p.m. Afternoon Sessions

5:00 p.m. Networking Reception

Detailed Session Schedule

8:00 a.m.             Registration opens

8:30 a.m.             Breakfast and Keynote 

Maine Ideas: Bringing Development Lessons from East to West
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Kevin Bunker, Developers Collaborative

Join us for a hearty breakfast and hear from Kevin Bunker from Developers Collaborative of Portland, Maine. Learn about the City’s development boom and the similarities and differences between Vermont and the most easterly New England state. Exploring issues of an aging population, the urban-rural interface, and navigating local opposition, Kevin will highlight parallel issues to Vermont, while also highlighting some of the ways in which our two states diverge.

10:15 a.m.           Morning Sessions 

Permitting Track

2015 Legislative and Judicial Developments

Scott Jaunich, Downs Rachlin Martin

AJ LaRosa, Murphy Sullivan Kronk

Jon Anderson, Burak Anderson & Melloni

Regulatory change continues to be rampant in Vermont. The Water Quality Bill, a new TMDL, and permitting requirements to limit phosphorous discharge into Lake Champlain — learn about the new water quality standard that addresses the impact of chloride on aquatic health will prompt best management practices, de-icing application standards and impaired waterways that will affect the cost of development. Ashore, legislative changes to Act 250 Criterion 9L will affect development patterns and urban construction soils. Attorneys AJ LaRosa, Jon Anderson, and Scott Jaunich will discuss regulatory developments and potential implications as construed and implemented by the legislature, the courts, and the State’s regulatory bodies.

Documents related to this session: EPA Phosphorus TMDLs for Lake Champlain, Aug 14, 2015ANR Interim Procedure for Phosphorous Discharge OffsetsACT 064

Finance & Project Economics Track

The Economic Landscape: Macro to Micro
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Jeff Havsy, CBRE Boston

Mat Barewicz, Vermont Department of Labor

Moderated by: Sarah Barnat, Barnat Development LLC

The economic reality of VT development can be assessed from a variety of perspectives. This session will start with a macro perspective of the global, national, and regional markets and zoom in on the statewide view of how Vermont fits into the larger context.

Design, Construction & the Environment Track

Making the Case for Net Zero
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Bill Maclay, Maclay Architects

Laura Bailey, Maclay Architects

Craig Simmons, VEIC

Jeff Glassberg, Renaissance Development

Marie Dussault , Vermont Economic Development Authority

Moderated by: Paul Duane, Efficiency Vermont

This session will explore the challenges, barriers, and opportunities to build net zero energy buildings and developments. The panel will explore net zero projects successes and challenges, and offer lessons learned to help your next project.  

Net Zero buildings, which reduce combined capital and operating costs as well as provide positive cash flow, are readily achievable today. This presentation, based on a study completed by Maclay Architects and Efficiency Vermont, offers a methodology for financial assessment of net zero projects. This feasibility study was used to evaluate six building types including single family homes, multi-family properties with two or four units, open offices, closed offices, and office/light manufacturing buildings. In this session, Bill Maclay and Laura Bailey of Maclay Architects will illustrate the potential financial benefits of net zero development on a community scale, using a proposed project, located on property adjacent to Renewable NRG Systems in Hinesburg, VT. This masterplan includes 100 +/- units of housing and in excess of 150,000 sf of commercial and industrial space. Key findings of the completed study show that starting in the first year of operating the buildings, energy savings can offset the finance payments for the additional costs to build to net zero standards.

Craig Simmons from Efficiency Vermont will provide a snapshot of projects in their Net Zero Pilot program to illustrate the application of net zero buildings today. In addition, Jeff Glassberg will identify and discuss the challenges and opportunities for implementation of net zero projects from a developer’s perspective. To round out the panel, Marie Dussault will provide the perspective of a commercial loan officer with VEDA. Participants will learn a process for a financial assessment for successful net zero development.

11:45 a.m.           Networking and exhibits

12:15 p.m.           Lunch and Success Stories throughout the Industry (Click here to access the presentations)

Shawn Brennan, Freeman French Freeman

Israel Smith, Smith Buckley Architects

Kevin Worden, Engineering Ventures

Refuel with lunch and hear about notable projects from around the state, highlighting permitting, financial, design, and environmental hurdles and triumphs.

1:30 p.m.             Afternoon Session: Block 1

Permitting Track

The Urgency of Growth: Creating Thoughtful, Viable, Non-Urban Development in Our Unique State
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Evan Langfeldt, ReArch Company

Adam Davis, J. Graham Goldsmith Architects

Moderated by: Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, VT Department of Economic Development

Join in a discussion of the necessity of non-urban development to Vermont’s economic future and to the promotion of diverse land use, employment opportunities, and business. Urban infill projects are valuable, but with much of the state defined as quintessentially non-urban it is critical that projects have the ability to evolve and meet the market demand in areas of existing infrastructure and populations. 

Finance & Project Economics Track

NMTC Does Not Have to Mean ‘New Mysteries to Clarify’
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Beth Boutin, Vermont Rural Ventures

Craig Miskovich, Downs Rachlin Martin

Dick Jennings, Mascoma Savings Bank

Moderated by: David G. White, White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors, Inc.

In this session, panelists will take the mystery out of New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC). Learn the nuts and bolts of NMTC, what constitutes a qualified project, the availability in Vermont, how you can attract NMTC allocation to your project, and examples from our communities.

Design, Construction & the Environment Track

Digging Deeper: Demystifying Contaminated Soils, the Regulations, and the Implications
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Brian Dunkiel, Dunkiel Saunders

Trish Coppolino, VT Brownfield Program

Scott Buckley, ENPRO Services

Dominic Cloud, City of St. Albans

Moderated by: Kurt Muller, The Johnson Company, Inc.

Mildly contaminated soils (or “urban fill”) are often encountered when developing urban properties and the appropriate management of this soil can adversely impact project schedule and cost. This panel will explain how to anticipate, identify, and manage mildly contaminated soil in way that is VTDEC compliant. The panel will also discuss the Brownfields Program, liability, and will introduce the recent legislation (H269) that was designed to provide more cost effective alternatives for managing this material.

3:00 p.m.             Networking and exhibits

3:30 p.m.            Afternoon Session: Block 2

Permitting Track

Transportation Impact Fees and the Implementation of Act 145
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Joe Segale, VTrans

Greg Boulbol, Natural Resources Board

Bryan Davis, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission

Ken Belliveau, Town of Williston

Moderated by: David Saladino, VHB

Following the enactment of Act 145 in July 2014, State, Regional, and Local officials have been working to flesh out the specifics of the statewide Transportation Impact Fee legislation. This session will provide an update on the Act 145 mechanics from the State, regional, and local perspectives and provide a forum for open discussion on implications of Act 145 going forward.

Finance & Project Economics Track

How Environmental Due Diligence Impacts Project Financing and Economics

Tom Broido, Cardno ATC

Erik Hoekstra, Redstone

Stephanie Wernhoff, People’s United Bank

Geoff Hand, Dunkiel Saunders

This session will present information on why environmental due diligence should be conducted and what due diligence services are necessary to protect against potential future liabilities. The panelists will review the process of environmental due diligence including how it affects the project timeline, financing, and overall economics. These topics will be conveyed from the perspectives of an attorney, environmental consultant, lender and, developer, with plenty of time for Q&A.

Design, Construction & the Environment Track

The BIM Advantage: Building Information Modeling’s Ever-increasing Benefits for Project Design, Construction, and Operation
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Evan Champagne, Freeman French Freeman

Chris Moran, PC Construction Company

Jason Peters, PC Construction Company

Moderated by: Alex Halpern, Freeman French Freeman

Rapid advances in Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology have changed the way architects, engineers, contractors, and owners work together to design and construct buildings. This presentation looks at the many uses of BIM, from determining the pre-design level of development, to applications in marketing, permitting, trade coordination, estimating, scheduling, energy modeling, building occupancy, maintenance, and operational programming. We will look at how BIM has become a virtual extension of the project that ultimately streamlines the design and construction process and serves the owner long after building occupancy.

5:00 p.m.            Networking Reception, sponsored by SWC LOGO small

After a full day of discovering, relax and network with your industry peers.  Enjoy drinks, appetizers, and a sampling from Stonecutter Spirits! Music by Paul Asbell.

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