Vermont's historic resources include buildings, structures, landscapes, and archaeological sites, both on land and underwater. If you want to know the historic status of your property or learn about the history of your community, please use our Online Resource Center.
The following list provides links to data and information useful in creating community assessments for municipal plans.
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.
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:
Incorporating the lessons learned from past flooding to make communities safer, reduce the cost of future damage and protect vital areas of economic activity.
Vermont Economic Resiliency Initiative (VERI) – steps to help communities plan for flooding and remain open for business after disaster strikes.
Submissions to DHCD
For sending Plans and Bylaws to Commissioner of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), only electronic submissions please:
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.