Vermont News and Events

  • VPA Member Recap of 2019 NNECAPA Conference:

    It was great to see those of you that were able to join us at the Mt Washington last week for the 2019 NNECAPA Conference. Despite being bitterly cold outside, we stayed warm in the beautiful, palatial Mt Washington Hotel. The conference was very well organized thanks to Kerrie Diers and the NHPA volunteers who led the planning committee, and the hard work of our Chapter Administrator, Nancy Kilbride.

    For those of you that weren’t able to attend, check out a few highlights below:

    1. Kate McCarthy awarded 2019 Professional Planner of the Year: Congratulations to Kate on being chosen as the NNECAPA Professional Planner of the Year! Kate was attending the VHCB board retreat in Addison County, so her friends and colleagues Brian Shupe and Sharon Murray received the award on her behalf. Congrats also to Citizen Planner, Jean Libby of Gloucester, ME; the 11 communities collaborating on the Mt Washington Age Friendly Community Action Plan; and the team transforming plans into action for Mill City Park in Franklin, NH.

    2. Announcing NNECAPA Planner Emeritus Award: Thanks to Sharron Murray, Ben Frost (NH) and Anna Breinich (formerly of ME) for their collaboration to create NNECAPA’s new Planner Emeritus Award, which was announced at the Awards Ceremony last week. The award was established to recognize the Chapter’s professional planners who have dedicated 30 or more years of service to the planning profession and to the communities, organizations, and people they have served. Nominations can be made online at any time, and the first award recipients will be announced at NNECAPA 2020. Make a nomination today at 

    3. Proposed CM Credits Changes: For our AICP members who did attend the conference, CM’s will be available for the conference soon; stay tuned for an announcement. During the business meeting, NNECAPA President Sarah Marchant shared that the AICP Commission is expected to vote on changes to the CM requirements during the 2020 National Planning Conference in April in Houston. The proposal is to change the dedicated CM requirements from 1.5 credits each for Law and Ethics, to one each for Law, Ethics, Equity, and a floating topic (Climate Change as the initial proposal).  If you have thoughts on these changes, please share them with me, and I’ll pass them along for AICP’s consideration.

    Check out Materials from the Conference Sessions

    Tara Bamford, Catherine Bryars, Kevin Geiger, Mark Kane, Josh Schwartz, Rebecca Stone, and Sue Westa were among our VPA community presenting at the conference. Thanks for your contribution to the conference and to quality professional development opportunities for our fellow planners! You can check out many of the powerpoints from the conference sessions online:

    And finally, if you haven’t already, please save the date for NNECAPA 2020—September 30 and October 1, 2020 at the Hilton Waterfront in Burlington!

    Meagan Tuttle, President, Vermont Planners Association

  • The Executive Committee will be meeting in person in Montpelier on December 6, followed by a Holiday Planners Therapy at Caledonia Spirits (approx. 4:45 116 Gin Lane).  All are welcome to attend the EC meeting, and certainly encouraged to join us for social time post meeting!  Feel free to reach out with any questions or thoughts on agenda items.  Executive Committee meeting at 2 pm. at the VNRC Offices, 9 Bailey Ave. in Montpelier (see agenda for call-in option) Agenda