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.

Jan 232019

VPA will be sending out membership renewal announcements in the coming days and your prompt payment of dues is appreciated.  The membership dues for 2019 (January 1st to December 31st) are as follows:

$65 for individuals / $35 for students/retirees / $260 for organizational members with each additional member beyond four members of an organization paying $50

You can renew or join by clicking here.

For organizational memberships click here for a form to mail in with payment.

If you would like to download the membership brochure to send in with a check, click here.


Jan 102019

VPA is please to announce the opening of its annual award nominations!  Know of a great plan, project, planner, commissioner, or commission?  Please take a minute to recognize that good in our community and fill out one of the forms here.  Deadline is February 8, 2019.  Submissions should be emailed to: DRugh@firmspf.com

Dec 202018

On May 14, 2018 the VPA joined with the Vermont Law School, Vermont Natural Resources Council, NNECPA, VTDigger, the High Meadows Fund, Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Planning Commission, the Vermont Association of Planning & Development, the Vermont Natural Resources Board, the Vermont Legislature’s Commission on Act 250, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and Rebecca Stone of Community Workshop LLC to host the Act 250: What’s Next Conference. The summary report of this conference is now available!


Dec 032018

VPA Annual Meeting
DECEMBER 7, 2018
10AM – 2PM
Middlebury Town Offices

10:00 – Welcome

10:10 – Business Meeting

A. Call to Order
B. Approval of 2017 Annual Meeting Minutes
C. Approval of 2019 Operating Budget
D. Review and Approval of Bylaw Changes
E. Election of Officers for 2019
F. Other Business
11:00 – VPA + NNECAPA Next Steps Presentation 11:30 – Act 250 Working Group Recommendations

12:00 – Lunch (Provided) and presentation on What’s Happening in Middlebury.

1:00 – Harnessing the Energy of Community Advocates
1 – 2 pm | 1 AICP CM (pending)

Overview: Over the course of any community planning process, planners are inevitably going to
interact with community advocates. Finding ways to listen to and channel the knowledge and passion
these individuals or groups have can help increase the effectiveness of public engagement, add
depth to the solutions explored and provide a champion to help plans move into actions. Making sure
these inputs are balanced with other voices and considerations is a vital part of a planner’s job.
It’s not always easy.

This topic will be explored through the experience of four community planners representing small to
large Vermont communities. Learn techniques to integrate advocacy into a planning process. Explore
positive outcomes and how to deal with challenges. Share your stories with your fellow planners.
Moderator –
Meagan Tuttle – City of Burlington

Panelists –
Dean Pierce – Town of Shelburne Steve Lotspeich – Town of Waterbury Chip Sawyer – City of St.
Jen Murray – Town of Middlebury

2:00 – Meeting Close + Social Hour

Final Agenda and Background Materials: Download

Will you be Attending?   –  Click Here to Let Us Know 

Jun 302015

The Vermont Planners Association is proud to share its adopted 2015 Strategic Plan, produced with the assistance of a $2500 grant through the VCF’s Nonprofit Capacity Building Work, with input received through a well-attended professionally-facilitated session at the Pizzagalli Center at the Shelburne Museum in the Fall of 2014, and many hours of volunteer work from passionate members through the winter and spring. The Strategic Plan was formally adopted at the 2015 VPA Spring Workshop held May 29th.

The purpose of the Vermont Planner’s Association’s 10-year Strategic Plan is to guide the activities and initiatives of the organization as it works to fulfill its mission. The Strategic Plan will be updated every 10 years. The plan will be reviewed, and amended if necessary, every five years to ensure applicability to organization. The Strategic Plan will be the guiding document for the drafting of the VPA’s annual work plan, as adopted by the membership.

VPA Past-President and member of the Strategic Planning Committee Dana Hanley: ” We wish to thank VCF for this important funding.  We are very pleased with the outcome of the whole project. Many  volunteer non-profits can struggle to set and achieve their missions without funding partners. Thanks for being there for us!”