Department of Housing & Community Development

Land Use Planning

Vermont's distinctive sense of place is tied to its primary land use planning goal: to plan development so as to maintain the historic settlement pattern of compact village and urban centers separated by rural countryside. Through collaboration with our partners the Department works to further these land use goals by developing programs that provide communities with needed tools and resources. Below are some of the programs and guidance that can help communities integrate land use planning with energy, housing, economic development and transportation options. 

Municipal Planning Grants (MPG)  

State funds are allocated each year for a competitive program to support a wide range of local planning and implementation projects. Grant applications are due in the fall. 

Community Revitalization (Designation Programs)
Vermont targets additional resources to communities that meet designation requirements for compact centers. 

Prepare Today for Tomorrow’s Flood
The Community Planning and Revitalization Division is collaborating with local, regional, state and federal organizations to help flood affected communities rebuild and grow in a way that is safer and less vulnerable to damaging floods.

Planning Publications
Guidance and resources produced by the Department on a variety of topics related to land use are provided here.

Vermont Planning Statutes & Rules
State statutes outline how municipalities can govern land use.  In addition to Chapter 117, the Planning and Development Act, a number of other, sometimes hard-to-find statutes, are listed.

Other Resources:

Municipal Plan and Bylaw Resources
Instructions for municipalities to submit plans and bylaws to the Department as required by statute, and public access to a statewide plan and bylaw database.

Regional Planning Commissions
Vermont’s 11 regional planning commissions provide a wide range of services for member municipalities and the region as a whole, from mapping, community outreach, hazard mitigation planning, and comprehensive planning to name a few.

Vermont Planning Information Center
Land use information essential to local boards and commissions is compiled on this website which was created and maintained by the Vermont Education and Training Collaborative

Faith Ingulsrud, Planning Coordinator