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Municipal and Regional Planning

This plan presents a regional context for growth and development supported by specific goals, policies, and recommendations, and was developed giving due consideration to the plans of municipalities that make up the region. Consequently, a coordinated regional planning effort will be promoted if the Regional Plan is referred to during the preparation of local plans and bylaws, state agency plans, private development proposals, and plans for major capital investments. Such an effort will help ensure that our region remains an outstanding area in which to live.

The municipal and regional planning and development act (24 V.S.A. Section 4347) describes the purpose of a regional plan as follows:

A regional plan shall be made with the general purpose of guiding and accomplishing a coordinated, efficient, economic development of the region which will, in accordance with present and future needs and resources, best promote the health, safety, order, convenience, prosperity, and welfare of the inhabitants as well as efficiency and economy in the process of development. The general purpose includes, but is not limited to recommending a distribution of population and of the uses of the land for urbanization, trade, industry, habitation, recreation, agriculture, forestry, and other uses that will tend to:

  1. Create conditions favorable to transportation, health, safety, civic activities and educational and cultural opportunities;
  2. Reduce the waste of financial, energy, and human resources that result from either excessive congestion or scattering of population;
  3. Promote an efficient and economic utilization of drainage, energy, sanitary, and other facilities and resources;
  4. Promote the conservation of the supply of food, water, energy, and minerals;
  5. Promote the production of food and fiber resources and the reasonable use of mineral, water, and renewable energy resources; and
  6. Promote the development of housing suitable to the needs of the region and its communities.