Municipal Planning Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide a guide for municipal planning commissions in fulfilling their role and responsibilities as set forth in 24 V.S.A. Chapter 117, the Municipal and Regional Planning and Development Act. A major role of the municipal planning commission is to develop the municipal plan. The 2016 Planning Manual provides information that will help the planning commission with this complex task, from designing the planning program to adopting the plan.

The Three Modules

Module 1: The Municipal Plan 
New and up-to-date guidance to help citizen planners build consensus on the community’s top priorities and develop concrete action steps that local leaders can achieve.

Module 2: State Designation Programs 
A concise guide on the five state designation programs and their benefits -- along with case studies that show how communities have used the designations to achieve their goals. 


Module 3: Best Practices in Plan Implementation [Forthcoming 2017]
Until Module 3 becomes available, refer to the Vermont Land Use Planning Implementation Manual - a package of 30 topic papers introducing a wide range of concepts, tools and techniques for helping communities achieve their planning goals.

Plan Resources

Contact Us

Faith Ingulsrud, Planning Coordinator

One National Life Drive
Dean C. Davis Building, 6th Floor
Montpelier, VT 05620-0501