This section of our site includes a number of publications that may be useful to planners. Some, but not all, have been written by members of VPA.


Agricultural Enterprises: Considerations and Example Language for Vermont Municipalities.  Regulation of agripreneurial uses in Vermont varies among municipalities and many uses exist in a gray area. This unclear area creates confusion among farmers, municipalities, and the state. While the bulk of regulation is in the hands of municipalities, some of their regulatory authority has been preempted by the state. Those seeking to establish agripreneurial businesses often try to fit their uses under state agricultural exemptions, or Accepted Agricultural Practices (AAPs), which can stretch exemptions to cover uses for which they were not designed. This document, produced by the Vermont Law School Land Use Clinic for Vermont Planners Association and Composting Association of Vermont (Spring 2012), focuses on how planners can work with agricultural enterprises that go beyond the traditional scope of agriculture.


Property Owners Guide to Flood Resiliency: This guide, which was written with the support of the Vermont Planners Association, helps property owners through the complicated process of recovering from a severe flood.


Vermont Flood Hazard Area Statutes Project Summary: The Vermont Planners Association undertook this project at the request of its members, to clarify who has jurisdiction under Vermont statutes and the National Flood Insurance Program for regulating development within designated flood hazard areas. VPA contracted with the Vermont Law School’s Land Use Clinic for technical and legal assistance on this project. VLS clinicians conducted background research, identified, contacted and met with affected state agency representatives, arranged for and staffed advisory committee meetings, and drafted project memos, summaries and proposed legislation. VPA’s Technical Advisory Group reviewed and provided feedback on drafts prepared by VLS clinicians. An initial meeting of the Project Advisory Committee was held on December 10, 2010 to frame the scope of the project. A final meeting of the Project Advisory Committee was held at the State House on November 29, 2011 to present and discuss VLS’s recommendations. VPA would like to thank everyone involved in this project – and especially our VLS clinicians – for their donations of time, expertise and resources.


Implementing Growth Centers in Vermont: Written by former VPA Board Member Michael J. Munson, Ph.D., AICP, this study attempted to assess interest in growth center planning among local planners, to identify obstacles faced by local planning efforts, and to identify possible state incentives that could encourage or enhance local growth center planning efforts. It was found that there is a lot of interest among Vermont’s municipalities in growth center planning.  A very high percentage of local planners are aware of the state’s goal of creating compact settlements surrounded by rural areas.  Most towns appear to have at least one growth center.


Making Smart Growth Smarter – How to Make Dense Development Work in Vermont: A 2006 report from the Vermont Planners Association addressing obstacles to Smart Growth and to identify strategies for overcoming these obstacles. 


Growth Centers in Vermont – A Vermont Solution to Sprawl: A 1996 report from the Vermont Planners Association which was an attempt to bring clarity to the concept of “Growth Center” as it is used in Vermont. The VPA Growth Centers Committee (which exists today) was created to author this report.


Growth Centers: A Vermont Solution to Sprawl: A documentary on growth centers produced by the Vermont Planners Association in 1999.


Community Planning in Vermont: Five Case Studies: By Debra Mason.  Prepared for the Vermont Planners Association 1994.


JAM Golf Decision Meeting 2009Attorneys Panel (Event #8521, 1.5 CM): Chapter 1, Chapter 2, & Chapter 3Chapter 4

Planners and Natural Resource Professionals Panel (Event #8521, 1.5 CM): Chapter 5, Chapter 6, & Chapter 7


Town Planning: Putting the Pieces Together Lecture Series 2006-2007 DVDs: 

  • How Planning Pays Off: Economics & Community Character with Ed McMahon (Parts  1, 2, 3, & 4)
  • Cattails in the City: Better Stormwater Management with Bruce Ferguson (Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6), Homes Your Kids Can Afford with Steve Durkee (Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5)
  • Finding Community and Commerce in New Town Centers with Robert Gibbs (Parts 1, 2, & 3)
  • Transforming & Preserving Vermont's Cities & Towns Through Form-Based Planning 2010 (Parts 1, 2, 3, & 4)

Printed Vermont specific reports are available at the Colchester Burnham Memorial Library (list here of reports housed at library) and checked out through your local library (click here for instructions).