Resources

Partners

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.

Resources and Rules

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.

Planning Publications
Department publications, data and historical planning documents to support land use planning in Vermont.

Vermont Economic Resiliency Initiative (VERI)

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Bethel, Vermont
Vermont’s hard-won experience from flooding taught a key lesson – no individual, business, organization, town or state agency can reduce flood vulnerabilities alone. Projects like the Vermont Economic Resiliency Initiative (VERI) and other studies and related initiatives deepened partnerships and identified new opportunities advance an integrated, long-term strategy to:

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 Planning Manual provides information that will help the planning commission with this complex task, from designing the planning program to adopting the plan.

Planning Your Town’s Future

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. 

Directory of Housing Organizations

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"Summer 2018" Edition

(updated 7/16/2018)

Federal and State Housing Agencies, Public Housing Authorities, Community Land Trusts & Housing Development Corporations, Regional Planning Commissions, Regional Development Corporations, Community Action Agencies, Agencies on Aging, Related Housing Organizations, NeighborWorks® Organizations & Homeownership Centers, and Vermont's Congressional Delegation.

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