Municipal Planning

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

The Catamount Outdoor Family Center is an oasis of wooded trails and serene wetlands in the heart of rapidly-developing Chittenden County. And it may soon become Williston’s newest town forest.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Only the breadth of Portland Street separates the offices of the Lamoille County Planning Commission and the town offices of Morristown. But when it comes to their working relationship, they’re miles apart.

Town of Colchester

Planners in Colchester have had their eye on Malletts Bay for two decades. Discussions over the years have yielded a set of priorities, and the planning commission has incorporated those priorities into new draft zoning regulations for the area.

The ousted president of Newport City board of aldermen is not going quietly. John Wilson had some pointed words for his fellow aldermen at a meeting Monday night.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

It's hard to foster a sense of community in a place with no real town center. Perhaps that's why planning commissioners in Bolton are so determined to develop a unifying vision for their town.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Williston's Mud Pond Country Park just gained 39 acres and about a mile of new trails open to hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. The park expansion was a collaborative effort between the town, conservationists and recreational users of the land.

Town of Bolton

Each town in Vermont is required by state law to update  its municipal plan every five years. As such, towns across the state are continually trying to find new ways to get residents involved in the process. In Bolton, they're throwing a pizza party.

The Windham County Economic Development Program has been re-launched to distribute funds negotiated from the closure of Vermont Yankee. The High Meadows Fund promotes and finances a new watershed resilience initiative. The Vermont Steampunk Festival is coming to Springfield in September.

What will the Richmond look like in 10 years? How about 20? Planners in town say the answer to those questions can be influenced by the desires and actions of the people who live, work and play in the community. To that end, the town has launched a year-long effort to develop a 20-year vision for the town. It's called Richmond: Our Town, Our Future.

Town of Johnson

"Form-based code" has become a buzz phrase among municipal planners in Vermont. Many say it's an idea whose time has come.

Town of Hinesburg / T.J. Boyle Associates

What would your town really look like if it were built out to the maximum standards set by municipal planning and zoning documents? Many of us have a hard time envisioning the real-life applications of terms such as  "medium-density mixed-use." That's why the Town of Hinesburg undertook its Village Visualization Project, which is now available for viewing on the town's website.