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Implementing Act 171: Land Use Planning To Address Forest Fragmentation

Beginning in 2018, Vermont’s Act 171 requires that municipalities and regions that are updating their municipal and regional plans identify areas that are important as “forest blocks” and “habitat connectors” and plan for development in those areas to minimize forest fragmentation. As town and regional plans come up for revision, many communities are now attempting to create the required maps and write appropriate language. CVRPC has funding to assist communities update this component of municipal plans.  We can provide background, tools, samples, and staff assistance.

We will cover:

  • What Act 171 requires of towns and regional planning commissions
  • Sample town and regional plan language
  • Guidance on finding, interpreting, and creating the required maps using the VT Agency of Natural Resources’ BioFinder website
  • Case studies of policies that maintain and protect forests and connectivity

Contact: Clare Rock, Senior Planner,