WHAT’S NEW FOR THE 2024 REGIONAL PLAN? 

The Regional Plan is valid until 2028. However, TRORC has a practice of working on the plan more often than required so as not to have it be an enormous undertaking and to keep it up to date and so is in the process of a major revision.

The current rewrite is meant to:

  • continue to improve format and utility (adding links and index),
  • ensure any data/charts are needed to support policies, and then update and improve their presentation, and
  • edit text and photos for relevance and conciseness across much of the plan

The draft chapters in the table below have text-only versions of the proposed chapters, as well as a ‘markup’ version of just the respective goals, policies, and recommendations for each chapter comparing them against the Plan’s current language. New language is underlined and deletions are struck out in the markup version.

Chapter 3- Land Use and Chapter 8- Housing are not in the table as they are not being revised this year.

The full draft of the revised Plan will be available later this summer and going through hearings for a planned December 2024 adoption. Comments on the draft chapters s are welcome at any time and should be sent to [email protected].

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE APPROVED CHAPTERS

ChapterNameClean VersionMarkup VersionGoals, Policies, and Recommendations (g/p/r)Date Approved Exec. Comm. (yyyy-mm-dd)
Chapter 1IntroductionChapter 1 (clean)Chapter 1 (markup) NA2024-02-14
Chapter 2Healthy CommunitiesChapter 2 (clean)Chapter 2 (markup)GPR 22024-03-06
Chapter 4TransportationChapter 4 (clean)Chapter 4 (markup)GPR 42024-04-10
Chapter 5Economic DevelopmentChapter 5 (clean)Chapter 5 (markup)GPR 52024-03-06
Chapter 6Natural ResourcesChapter 6 (clean)Chapter 6 (markup)GPR 62023-10-11
Chapter 7Historical, Cultural, Archaeological and Scenic ResourcesChapter 7 (clean)Chapter 7 (markup)GPR 72023-11-15
Chapter 9Utilities, Facilities, and ServicesChapter 9 (clean)Chapter 9 (markup)GPR 92024-02-14
Chapter 10Emergency ManagementChapter 10 (clean)Chapter 10 (markup)GPR 102023-11-15
Chapter 11EnergyChapter 11 (clean)Chapter 11 (markup)GPR 112024-05-08

 

What is the TRORC Regional Plan?

The Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Plan is a policy statement on appropriate development, improvement, and conservation of the Region’s physical and human resources, consistent with the elements and goals of V.S.A. Title 24, Chapter 117. Its purpose is to give guidance to TRORC itself, as well as developers, non-profits, municipalities, and other political subdivisions in the Region, and the State of Vermont.

This Plan is an expression of values and a vision for growth and management for the next eight years. It is not a static or inflexible document. TRORC, with the involvement and participation of the public, has and will continue to periodically review and update this Plan to reflect new conditions and needs. The Regional Plan was adopted on July 15, 2020, and became effective August 19, 2020. 

Effective October 30, 2020, the Regional Plan has ‘substantial deference’ in the Section 248 permitting process. The Department of Public Service has determined that the Regional Plan has met a number of energy planning standards. The certificate and energy planning standards checklist is below:

Adoption of the Plan does not change the structure or role of local or State government. The Plan has no regulatory authority of its own, but it is used by the District Environmental Commission in Act 250 development review and by the Public Utility Commission in Section 248 reviews of energy projects, as well as by us during regional review of town plans, upon request of a municipality. The Plan strengthens local planning by providing detailed information on growth and its impacts; facilitates cooperation among local governments on issues that transcend town boundaries such as flooding, energy, and transportation; and provides a regional voice on State and federal initiatives. Adoption of the Plan commits TRORC’s staff and program resources to achieve its goals and documents the support of the Region’s towns for the principles contained within its chapters.

Land Use Area Designation Procedure


Download 2020 Adopted Regional Plan

The Regional Plan and associated maps are available for download below.  Please be aware that the files are large and can take a long time to download over a slow connection.  The optimized Regional Plan file is 20mb. The un-reduced Regional Plan is 110mb, email Kevin Geiger at [email protected] if you want the full file version. Individual chapters are 16 MB or smaller, and most of the maps are 5 MB or smaller. 

2020 TRORC Regional Plan 32mb

2020 Regional Plan Maps (11×17/tabloid/ledger page size)

2020 Regional Plan Maps (all 14) 15mb


Quick Map Viewer of Regional Future Land Use areas

 
 

Ordering Information

If you would like to order a hard copy of the plan (which includes the Regional Transportation Plan), or a USB Drive with the files below, please call us at 802-457-3188. Prices include postage.

* Hard Copy $100.00
* USB Drive $5