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Oversees municipal planning and land management.

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Planning Commissioners (appointed or elected): Appointed unless town votes to elect. Duties include preparing a municipal plan; making recommendations on matters of land development, conservation, and preservation; and participating in a regional planning program. Makes site plan and subdivision permit decisions unless there is a development review board in town. Should have a good working knowledge of all aspects of the town and be able to listen to many sides of an issue.

Source: Vermont Secretary of State

Commissioners

NameTermExpires
Alissa Hardy,
Chair
3 yrs2019
Joe Sherman3 yrs2023
Kenny Miller3 yrs2021
Barry Kade3 yrs2021
Christine Convard,
Secretary
3 yrs2023
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Meetings

Date/Time
6 – 8pm
Second Tuesday of the month. Special meetings as needed.

Location
Public Safety Building
86 Mountain Rd. / Route 242
Montgomery Center, VT 05471
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The Planning Commission maintains its own archive of public documents and meeting records.

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Resources

Northwest Regional Planning Commission – The Town of Montgomery page on the NRPC website.

Vermont League of Cities & Towns – A nonpartisan nonprofit educating municipal leaders, informing the public, and supports legislation to strengthen local government.

Strong Communities QuarterlySubscribe to receive future issues. Planning and revitalization successes throughout Vermont, upcoming grant and training opportunities, and tools you can use in your community.

American Planning Association – The APA provides leadership in the development of vital communities for all by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and resident empowerment.

Grants & Programs

ANR Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Planning Fund

A State Revolving Loan to assist in the planning and design of public, private and nonprofit community water, wastewater and stormwater systems. Details on various programs on website.

Ashley Lucht
(802) 585-4904
ashley.lucht@vermont.gov

Website
http://dec.vermont.gov/facilities-engineering/water-financing/dwsrf-water-planning-loan

Designated Village Center Program

Village Center Benefits – An overview of the program benefits.

Village Center Tax Credits – Tax credits to help improvements to commercial properties and income-producing residential properties in the designated village center.

Village Center Funding Directory – A list of grant opportunities to improve your village.

USDA Rural Development Programs

The USDA offers federal support for towns and villages through a variety of loan and grant programs aimed at enhancing rural quality of life through investing in housing, essential community facilities, municipal infrastructure, and economic development.

Ben Doyle
(802) 828-6042
benjamin.doyle@vt.usda.gov

Website
https://www.rd.usda.gov/vt

VTrans Park & Ride Grant Program

Supports the engineering and construction of small municipal owned park and ride facilities to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles on the roadway.

Wayne Davis
(802) 828-5609
wayne.davis@vermont.gov

Website
http://vtrans.vermont.gov/highway/parkandrides

Other Programs

Better Connections Planning Grant Program – ACCD/VTrans planning grant program that we discussed for village revitalization/economic development plans.

Cultural Facilities Grants – Grants to help enhance, create, or expand the capacity of an existing building to provide cultural activities for the public.

Historic Preservation Grants – The most likely grant program to help the town hall, town offices, the church and other public/nonprofit buildings in the community.

Municipal Planning Grants – A grant program to support planning in your village.  Good for town plans and zoning bylaws. Also, would be good fit for a village center revitalization plan that that focuses on improving the physical and economic environment in the village. Or even a infrastructure study on a community wastewater (sewer) alternative system.

Northern Border Regional Commission Grants – Grants to improve economic and community development projects. Possible could support community infrastructure projects, such as wastewater.