Tools and Guides for Planning
- Welcome Packet for New PC/DRB Officials – A useful information packet for new Planning Commission and Development Review Board planning officials giving an overview of roles, responsibilities, essential information regarding land use and other resource links.
- Groundwater Protection in Your Town: A Guide – VNRC has released “Groundwater Protection in Your Town: A Guide.” It provides an overview of Act 199 and provides model town plan and zoning bylaw language for groundwater protection.
- Land Use Primer Presentation – For those interested in the basics of Land Use Planning and how it may relate to your community, we have created a land use primer. Please feel free to download the document (Land Use Primer document) and visual presentation materials (Land Use Primer Powerpoint). If you would like to invite us to your town to present the material to the public or one of your town commitees, please contact Kevin Geiger at our office.
Flood Ready Vermont has lots of useful information for community leaders and planners including:
- Community Reports– summaries of risk data and community efforts
- Vermont Flood Ready Atlas – online map with popup reports
- Update Your Plans– municipal development planning and other community efforts
- Emergency Relief and Assistance Fund (ERAF)– qualify for more aid after a disaster
- ERAF Summary Report– community mitigation actions and ERAF rate
- Making it Happen– Vermonters working toward flood resilience
- Get Help– links to people, organizations, training and other resources
Floodplain Fact Sheets
The Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission presents a series of fact sheets to help educate local officials and residents about flood hazards and floodplain management. These documents were produced by TRORC in cooperation with Vermont Law School’s Land Use Institute, and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, with Samantha Riley Medlock, CFM V.L.S. ’08, as principal author.
- Floodplain Basics
- Protecting Property Rights to Reduce Liability
- Living With Inadequate Maps
- Using Freeboard and Setbacks to Reduce Damage
- No Adverse Impact Floodplain Management
- Protecting Lives and Property Through the NFIP Community Rating System
Census 2010 Counts for TRORC Counties
American Community Survey Estimates for TRORC Counties (ACS 3 year period data)
- Population and Housing Estimates: ACS 2011-2013
- Social Estimates: ACS 2011-2013
- Economic Estimates: ACS 2011-2013
- Detailed Housing Estimates: ACS 2011-2013
Census 2010 Counts for TRORC Towns
American Community Survey Estimates for TRORC Towns (ACS 5 year period data)
- Population and Housing Estimates: ACS 2010-2014
- Social Estimates: ACS 2010-2014
- Economic Estimates: ACS 2010-2014
- Detailed Housing Estimates: ACS 2010-2014
NASS Agricultural Census by VT County (USDA 2012, 2007 )
Ecological and Natural Resources Training Program
TRORC developed an Ecological and Natural Resources Training Program with 2009 funding from the Wellborn Ecology Fund. Managed by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Wellborn Ecology Fund is dedicated to promoting awareness of environmental and ecological issues in the Upper Valley.
TRORC developed this program to help us educate volunteer board members and commissioners on natural systems so they may be better integrated in municipal planning and bylaw administration. Our program provides practical training on basic ecology and natural resources inventories, and helps town officers introduce conservation principles into municipal plans and bylaw implementation. Notes are included to aid in delivery of these presentations by other users and they are available in two Power Point formats to allow them to be customized. By training town officials in the Two Rivers region to go beyond basic planning and proper administration of their bylaws, through local identification of natural resources and conservation planning, we hope to enable them to become citizen stewards.
- Wellborn Resource List
- Bylaws and Ecosystem Protection (Powerpoint)
- Planning – Town and Open Space (Powerpoint)
- VPIC Publications – The Vermont Planning Information Center is great source for introductory to advanced guides to citizen planning and regulation.
- VLCT Resource Library – The VLCT Resource Library is a great source for model bylaws and plans.
- Zoning Sign Permit Approval Poster – The Vermont Land Use Collaborative has created a Permit Approval poster for zoning administrators to give to landowners when they are issued a permit. The poster is available for download below. It will work best when printed on “11X17” paper.
- Act 250 Guide – An informational guide to Act 250 and Vermont’s Land Use Laws.
- Conserving Vermont’s Natural Heritage (The Green Book) – A guide to community-based planning for the conservation of Vermont’s fish, wildlife and biological diversity offered by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and the Agency of Natural Resources.
- Community Strategies for Vermont’s Forests and Wildlife: A Guide for Local Action – A guide to community-based forest stewardship for the conservation of the working landscape and habitat offered by VNRC.
- Capital Budgeting Presentation – The better one can do a proper Utility and Facility element in the town plan, the better grasp a town will have of its present and desired buildings, services and utilities, as well as the future costs of these. The presentation also touches on how to fund needed capital projects over time in a way that avoids jumps in tax rates. For more information and additional materials please contact Kevin Geiger A .pdf version of the powerpoint presentation can be found here.
- Essentials of Land Use Planning Presentation – An informational training about land use planning and regulation in Vermont. The powerpoint can be found here.