Jun 102013

Welcome to 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 good planning. VPA supports the planning profession through outreach, professional development opportunities and encourages all members to maintain an open dialogue on contemporary planning issues. Through its membership, VPA is advancing the art and science of planning in Vermont.

Learn more about planning events, workshops and training seminars on our news and events page or at the Vermont Planning Information Center (VPIC)–www.vpic.info.

To learn how to become a member of VPA, go to the “Join VPA” page in this site.

Jun 052014

Montpelier, VT:  The Vermont Planners Association is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2014 planning awards.  These awards are an annual event that has occurred for more than twenty years to recognize outstanding achievement in community planning in Vermont.

Again this year, the field was very competitive, with fourteen strong submissions.  According to Polly McMurtry, co-chair of the Vermont Planners Association Awards Committee, “All of the recipients of this year’s awards are excellent examples of how Vermont citizens can work cooperatively to achieve great results for their communities.”  The awards will be presented in the fall at the organization’s annual meeting


Apr 022014

The following APA free webcasts are now available!

April 4 – Delaware Chapter – Promoting Active Communities Through Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning – Speakers: Gary Norris, AICP, Jeff Riegner, AICP, Ann Marie Townsend, Rich Vetter and James Galvin – CM Approved

Providing safe, functional and attractive bicycle and pedestrian facilities has always been an essential task for the planners in any community. However, for many reasons, including rising fuel costs, an aging population and a growing obesity epidemic, this task is now more important than ever. In this panel presentation, professional planners will address the challenges and successes they have had with a wide range of projects, including the creation of an urban river walk, the development of a regional bicycle plan, addressing the active transportation needs of a suburban high school, and planning for a mixed-use trail connecting two municipalities. Speakers will include Gary Norris, AICP, a municipal planner for many years and now Principal of Delaware Neighborhood, Rich Vetter, PE, AICP, Executive Director of the Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization, Ann Marie Townshend, AICP, the Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Dover, Delaware, and Jeff Riegner, PE, AICP, PTOE, Vice-President at Whitman Requardt Associates and a national expert on active transportation.

April 11 – Regional & Intergovernmental Planning Division – Is Your State Resilient? Planning for Climate Change – Speakers: Michael McCormick, Zoe P. Johnson, Julie Dennis – CM Pending

April 25 – Wisconsin Chapter – Downtown Master Planning for Smaller Communities (20K & Under): A Market Driven Approach – Speakers: Andrew Dane, Bob Kost and David Milder – CM Pending

Feb 162014

September 11-12, 2014 – NNECAPA Annual Conference, Stowe, VT

2014 NNECAPA  Annual Conference / SAVE THE DATE – SEPTEMBER 11-12, 2014

Now that you have a new calendar handy, we want you to save the date for the upcoming 2014 NNECAPA Annual Planning Conference. This year’s conference will be held at the beautiful Stoweflake Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont. This year’s theme is BIG PICTURE PLANNING; planning for big issues and big outcomes! Climate Change, Transportation/Infrastructure, and Economic Development – in the New England context. You won’t want to miss it.

More details will follow and we will soon issue a CALL FOR PROPOSALS, but talk with your colleagues and fellow planners now about how you can participate. We expect a very successful event this year and look forward to hosting  this coming September.

If you have any questions about the upcoming conference please contact Mark Kane, VT Director for NNECAPA (mkane@segroup.com).

Jan 272014

The Vermont Planners Association is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Awards competition.   The Vermont Planners Association may make awards in the following five categories:

For more details about the categories and award criteria , download the 2014 VPA Awards Announcement or go to the award criteria section of our web site.  Nominations shall be submitted electronically using the appropriate form no later than Friday, March 21, 2014 by email to TEBamford@aol.com with a subject line specifying “VPA Awards.”


If you have questions or need help with a nomination, email Polly McMurtry PMcMurtry@madriver.com or Tara Bamford at TEBamford@aol.com and a member of the VPA Awards Committee will be assigned to help you.

Nov 152013

The Vermont Planners Association now has a Facebook page.  If you’re on Facebook, please like us!


Jun 102013

Montpelier, VT: The Vermont Planners Association is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2013 planning awards. These awards are an annual event that has occurred for over twenty years to recognize outstanding achievement in community planning in Vermont.

This year the field was more competitive than ever, with fifteen strong submissions. According to Vermont Planners Association President Sarah Hadd, “The quality of submissions this year was outstanding with a diversity of excellent candidates to choose from. The recipients of this year’s awards epitomize the very best of planning in Vermont and the types of people, projects, and plans we all aspire to be and to create.” The awards will be presented in the fall at the organization’s annual meeting. All awardees are also nominated for the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association’s awards as well.

Official Press Release – Download File