Planning for Housing

Planning for Housing

Housing is a major necessity for all our citizens and should be carefully considered when development is planned for. The location, type, size and cost of housing are all important factors to consider when making a municipal or regional plan. Below are some resources to help consider housing within the greater planning context.

Municipal Planning Manual

This extensive guide can help those involved in town planning to create a complete, useful, municipal plan.

Neighborhood Development Areas

The Neighborhood Development Area designation encourages municipalities and/or developers to plan for new and infill housing in the area within walking distance of its designated downtown, village center, new town center, or within its designated growth center and incentivizes needed housing, further supporting the commercial establishments in the designated centers

Accessory Dwelling Units

Accessory Dwelling Units, also known as “mother-in-law apartments”, or “accessory apartments”, can be a great way for a town to encourage the creation of more housing units within existing structures and for interested property owners to lower their housing costs.

Updated Mobile Home Park Guidance for Municipalities (pdf)

An updated version developed jointly by the community planning division and mobile home park program, this informative resource helps municipal zoning and planning officials understand the legal requirements of dealing with existing mobile home parks as well as new mobile / manufactured housing developments, including why "free-standing" municipal ordinances to regulate mobile home parks are no longer allowed.

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Shaun Gilpin, Housing Policy Specialist
802-828-1346

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