The Mad River Valley Planning District (MRVPD) in February 2018 formed a subcommittee in partnership with the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce to review many of the past studies and strategic plans related to community development and economic vitality for common themes and recommendations.  The charge to the committee was to develop a recommendation back to the respective boards with the intention of submitting to the three town’s selectboards, then to the public for input, and then possible implementation.

This committee recommended pursuing the creation of a local, stable source of funding for community reinvestment, and proposed that the mechanism be a local options tax (LOT). The committee has since evolved in both focus and membership. In 2019, the committee is focusing on outlining a three-town Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to carry out a local options tax (LOT) initiative with the goal of enhancing community and economic vitality. The original subcommittee was known as the MRV FLO Committee (For Local Opportunities), and in this new phase, is known as the MRV LOT (Local Options Tax) Committee.

All MRV LOT information, research, and related documents can now be found at

Please direct feedback and questions to [email protected].


Members of the MRV LOT committee are:

Jared Cadwell, Chair MRV LOT Sub-committee, Chair Fayston Selectboard, Secretary/Treasurer MRVPD

Donald Simonini, Fayston Planning Commission, MRVPD Steering Committee

Peter MacLaren, Chair MRVCC, MRVPD Steering Committee

Darryl Forrest, Waitsfield Selectboard

Kellee Mazur, Waitsfield Selectboard

Bob Ackland, Vice Chair Warren Selectboard, Chair MRVPD


The Mad River Valley Planning District was created in 1985 by the Towns of Fayston, Waitsfield and Warren. The Purpose of the Planning District is to “carry out a program of planning for the future of the Mad River Valley. The planning program shall be directed toward the physical, social, economic, fiscal, environmental, cultural and aesthetic well being of the member Towns and its inhabitants.”