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 here on our site 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.

Oct 222018

WHERE:  Middlebury Town Offices – Middlebury, VT

WHEN:  December 7, 2018 from 10 AM – 3 PM + Social hour(s) to follow!!

WHY:    We are finalizing the program, but have many important topics to discuss –

  1. Annual Business Meeting including the Election of Officers (a proposed slate will be distributed next week to all members for your consideration)
  3. Act 250 Commission Update

Plus….we are working on a planning roundtable discussion related to Middlebury’s grass roots organizations and their role in the Town’s long-range planning.  We will be working with NNECAPA to secure AICP CM for the workshop. More information about the reorganization and the proposed bylaw amendments is online at https://nnecapa.org/blog/connect/news/reorganization/ 

Look forward to seeing you in Middlebury.  We will post updates via the Listserv and Website as things are finalized.

Jun 182018

Planners and planning affiliates of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and beyond! The 2018 NNECAPA Conference online registration is now open! Go to www.meplan.org/events to find the link to registration.


Resilience. Noun. The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

The conference theme this year is “Defining Resiliency for Northern New England,” and with a wide selection of workshop sessions over the two days, it is hoped that this conference will be a chance for planners to delve into understanding what it is to be resilient. Planners increasingly find they are faced with rapid changes in technology, politics, environment, demographics, economy or other factors—so how can we adapt quickly and stay strong? Take a look through the program schedule and the descriptions of the sessions being lined up for October, available on the conference webpage below.


If you haven’t already heard, this year’s conference is at Point Lookout in Northport, ME, on October 25th and 26th. This year’s conference will be a more “retreat style” with a venue that offers great workshop and meeting spaces, excellent food, fun amenities and activities, and a beautiful wooded setting with trails and lovely views. Conference highlights include singer/songwriter/author Dar Williams as the keynote speaker, sharing not only her talents as a singer but speaking about her book What I found in a Thousand Towns, and Maine Association of Planner’s 50th Anniversary lobster celebration on Wednesday, the 24th! The NNECAPA business meeting held during the conference will be the critical next step for members of NNECAPA and the three state associations regarding the proposed reorganization—we need members of all organizations to provide feedback and ask questions as we all enter into new territory.


The details are coming together, and you can find out more at the conference webpage, www.nnecapa.org/conference.

May 212018

Over the past year, VPA (in collaboration with the Maine Association of Planners and the New Hampshire Planning Association) has been evaluating options to reorganize the relationship between our three state associations and the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association (NNECAPA).   After considerable discussion, review and outreach to our respective membership, the combined groups have established a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to guide our continued process towards establishing the state associations as formal “Sections” under the NNECAPA umbrella.  A brochure (available for download below) and the draft language of the MOU (also below) are provided to help communicate the process ahead.   VPA will reach out to membership again via a web-poll to seek additional guidance.

NNECAPA – State Associations MOU Draft

NNECAPA reorganize brochure FINAL

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!”