Town Plan Approvals
Per V.S.A. Title 24, Chapter 117 §4350(A), a municipality may request approval of their Municipal Plan by the Regional Commission. When requested, the regional planning commission shall review the municipal plan to determine if the document is consistent with the State’s planning goals (Title 24, §4302), compatible with the policies of the Regional Plan, compatible with approved plans of neighboring municipalities and contains all the elements included in subdivisions 4382(a)(1)-(10) of Title 24, Chapter 117. The TRORC Board of Directors will hold a duly warned public hearing to collect public comment on the plan under review. If the plan meets the criteria outlined in state statute, the board shall vote to approve it.
When municipalities have an approved plan, they are able to utilize several state programs including the Municipal Planning Grant program, which funds planning projects for towns on a yearly basis. In addition, communities that seek to join the Vermont Downtown or Village Designation Program (a program that encourages revitalization through tax credits and incentives for commercial businesses) must have approved plans. Having a municipal plan that is consistent with the Regional Plan reduces the chance for conflicts between the two plans that can arise in the event of an Act 250 permit proceeding. For more information, download the file below.
As of 6/6/2017, TRORC has 24 towns with approved plans, they include: