The Vermont Village Greens Initiative is restoring appreciation for village greens and raising awareness about the important cultural and economic role they play. Vermont’s village greens (and commons) serve as the physical, historic and cultural heart of many communities, hosting concerts, fairs, parades, seasonal festivals and farmers markets.
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.
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.
"Fall 2019" Edition
Contact information for Vermont federal and State Housing Agencies, Public Housing Authorities, Community Land Trusts and Housing Development Corporations, Regional Planning Commissions, Regional Development Corporations, Community Action Agencies, Agencies on Aging, Related Housing Organizations, NeighborWorks® Homeownership Centers, and Vermont's Congressional Delegation.
Vermont’s law on equal treatment of housing and town bylaws requires municipalities to allow homeowners to add one Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) to their house as a permitted use as long as certain conditions are met. DHCD developed this brochure to assist homeowners interested in creating an ADU.
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.
This extensive guide can help those involved in town planning to create a complete, useful, municipal plan.
Information about Vermont's housing and community development priorities can be found in the HUD Consolidated Plan.
Three major planning activities are conducted by the State in connection with its receipt of federal funding for housing and community development activities. These plans are developed with public input and further the State’s goals to provide decent, affordable housing, and build strong communities.
In June, 2014, Vermont became one of the few states in the nation to complete a statewide comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The Vermont 2020 CEDS was completed with immense help and input from stakeholders around the state and with the generous guidance and funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.