Strong communities are built and maintained through partnerships. Partners share responsibilities, bring resources to the table and contribute to better outcomes. The partners listed below represent key interests likely to be involved in any community development effort and can help you or your community in your land use planning and community development efforts.
Planning Statutes and 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.
Department publications, data and historical planning documents to support land use planning in Vermont.
Municipalities and the developer of the qualified project may jointly apply to the Downtown Board for a reallocation of sales taxes on construction materials. Qualified projects must be located within a designated downtown district and may be eligible for a reallocation of sales taxes on construction materials.
The Downtown Transportation Fund supports revitalization efforts in designated downtowns each year with over $300,000 in funding. Investment in the infrastructure of public spaces stimulates public investment and creates a sense of identity and pride in Downtowns across Vermont.
The Municipal Planning Grant (MPG) program encourages and supports planning and revitalization for local municipalities in Vermont. Awarded annually and administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development, the MPG program works to strengthen Vermont by funding local planning initiatives that support statewide planning goals.
The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) received $21.6 Million in September 2012 (DR1) and an additional $17,932,000 in December 2013 (DR2) in response to Tropical Storm Irene and other FEMA Disaster Declarations from the US Department of Housing and Ur