The following is a list of Vermont-based resources that are useful to planners and local governments.
UVM Center for Rural Studies
The Center for Rural Studies (CRS) is a nonprofit, fee-for-service research organization that addresses social, economic, and resource-based problems of rural people and communities. Based in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Vermont, the Center provides consulting, research, and program evaluation services in Vermont, the United States, and abroad. The Center also serves as the U.S. Census Bureau’s Vermont State Data Center.
http://www.uvm.edu/crs/ – Open in New Window
State of Vermont
The Official Web Site for Vermont State Government will connect you with all branches of VT’s government.
http://vermont.gov/portal/ – Open in New Window
Vermont League of Cities and Towns
Founded in 1967, the Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that serves Vermont’s municipal officials. The League provideseducational workshops and consulting advice for municipal officials so that they can deliver excellent service to their citizens; information for the public so that it can better understand local government;support for legislation that strengthens local government;comprehensive insurance coverage for municipalities; and a Municipal Assistance Center for consultation on a wide range of municipal issues.
http://www.vlct.org/ – Open in New Window
The Vermont Association of Planning and Development Agencies
is devoted to sound planning principles that will enhance the quality of life for Vermont residents. Through a combination of environmental and economic planning strategies, VAPDA fosters a community environment that provides for the needs of both residents and our natural surroundings, today and for generations to come. This site contains a comprehensive list of Vermont’s Regional Planning Commissions.
http://www.vapda.org/ – Open in New Window
Home page to the Vermont Judiciary, information can be found regarding Vermont’s legal system including fees, appeals, etc.
http://www.vermontjudiciary.org/gtc/supreme/default.aspx – Open in New Window
The UVM School of Natural Resources
The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources seeks to cultivate an appreciation and enhanced understanding of ecological and social processes and values aimed at maintaining the integrity of natural systems and achieving a sustainable human community in harmony with the natural environment.
http://www.uvm.edu/envnr/ – Open in New Window
UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Thier mission is to cultivate understanding and innovative practices and policies that advance sustainable food and farming in VT and beyond. A number of agricultural resources can be found at the Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s web site.
http://www.uvm.edu/~susagctr/ – Open in New Window
VT Center for Geographic Information
VCGI is a public non-profit organization dedicated to making available free digital geographic data (mapping data)and supporting all those who wish to learn more about GIS (geographic information systems – computer mapping technology). VCGI also offers an Interactive Map Viewer at our web site, provides introductory training each summer, and organizes professional development events for GIS professionals 3 times per year. Also see the history of GIS in Vermont.
http://www.vcgi.org – Open in New Window
Vermont Council on Rural Development
The Vermont Council on Rural Development helps Vermonters and Vermont communities develop their capacity to create a prosperous and sustainable future through coordination, collaboration, and the effective use of public and private resources.
http://vtrural.org/ – Open in New Window
Department of Housing & Community Development
DHCD assists in guiding land use policy and development decisions to meet statutory goals (24 VSA section 4302). First among those is “to plan development so as to maintain the historic settlement pattern of compact village and urban centers separated by rural countryside.”
http://accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/ – Open in New Window
VNRC Community Planning Toolbox
The Vermont National Resources Council (VNRC) offers a broad range of tools for planners that relate to natural resource protection, energy and sprawl.
http://vnrc.org/resources/community-planning-toolbox/ – Open in New Window
Vermont State Data Center
Hosted by the UVM Center for Rural Studies, the Vermont State Data Center provides easy access to census information as well as Vermont specific demographic information.
http://www.uvm.edu/crs/Census/ – Open in New Window
Vermont Planning Information Center
This site provides information for planning commissions, zoning boards, development review boards, zoning administrators, and their staff. VPIC was created through a Land Use Education and Training Collaborative working together to coordinate and improve the delivery of land use education and training for local land use officials in Vermont.
http://www.vpic.info – Open in New Window
Vermont Secretary of State’s Office
A good site for information and assistance in understanding the laws that apply to local governments. Contains “Vermont Municipal Guide to Land Use Regulations”.
http://www.sec.state.vt.us/municipal/ – Open in New Window
Vermont Statutes On-Line: Land Use
V.S.A. Title 24, Vermont’s law governing land use and land use regluation is available on the web.
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/statutes/sections.cfm?Title=24&Chapter=117 – Open in New Window