Land Use Resources
American Planning Association – APA is a nonprofit public interest and research organization committed to urban, suburban, regional, and rural planning. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, advance the art and science of planning to meet the needs of people and society.
Congress for the New Urbanism – A good site on New Urbanism. New Urbanist neighborhoods are walkable, and contain a diverse range of housing and jobs. New Urbanists support regional planning for open space, appropriate architecture and planning, and the balanced development of jobs and housing. Issues such as reining in urban sprawl, historic restoration, safe streets, and green building are also part of this movement.
EPA’s Smart Growth site – Learn about smart growth issues and environmental benefits. Find information about specific topics, resources, and examples of smart growth development, including the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement.
The Lincoln Land Institute – Online Education – Many online courses are currently available through LEO.
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Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association – NNECAPA is one of 47 Chapters and 20 Divisions within the American Planning Association (APA), and serves APA members in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
Vermont Planners Association– The Vermont Planners Association (VPA), a statewide, non-profit, membership-based organization of professional and citizen planners, landscape architects, engineers, housing and economic development specialists, developers and others who support effective planning.
Vermont Association of Planning and Development Agencies (VAPDA) – VAPDA represents all 11 regional planning commissions in Vermont. This site also links to each regional commission.
Vermont League of Cities and Towns – VLCT provides research and information sharing, training, technical assistance, legislative advocacy, group insurance programs, and legal assistance to Vermont cities and towns.
Department of Housing & Community Development, Community Development Division – The DHCD Community Development division assists in guiding land use policy and development decisions to meet statutory goals (24 VSA section 4302). First among those is “to plan development so as to maintain the historic settlement pattern of compact village and urban centers separated by rural countryside.”
Vermont Planning Information Center – This site provides information for planning commissions, zoning boards, development review boards, zoning administrators, and their staff. VPIC was created through a Land Use Education and Training Collaborative working together to coordinate and improve the delivery of land use education and training for local land use officials in Vermont.
Vermont Secretary of State’s Office – A good site for information and assistance in understanding the laws that apply to local governments. Contains “Vermont Municipal Guide to Land Use Regulations”.
Vermont Statutes On-Line: Land Use – V.S.A. Title 24, Vermont’s law governing land use and land use regulation is available on the web.