TRORC will periodically offer planning related publications and tools. This information will be posted below.
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.
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.
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 and visual presentation materials. 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.
A factsheet that describes under the Agency of Agriculture’s definition of what is considered agricultural practice and livestock found in the accepted agricultural practices, farm structures used in connection with any number of livestock, horses, or fowl.
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.
Please be aware that the Powerpoint filesare large and can take a long time to download over a slow connection.
1997-2003 Powerpoint Version
2007 Powerpoint Version
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. They are available for download below.
A 10-page guide for communities which addresses current state regulations and rules governing small-scale wind energy systems. It also outlines how communities can plan for these systems and how they should formulate regulations to encourage their development. In addition to the guide, the document also includes model language which can be used as a starting point when creating zoning language to encourage small-scale wind energy development. This project was funded by Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants from the Vermont Department of Public Service and the U.S. Department of Energy.
The Vermont Planning Information Center is great source for introductory to advanced guides to citizen planning and regulation.
The VLCT Resource Library is a great source for model bylaws and plans.
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.
An informational guide to Act 250 and Vermont's Land Use Laws.
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.