Municipal Planning Grants

The work by VT Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development on the online application is complete and they are now ready to accept applications. You can find all MPG information and instructions at Applications are due April 30, 2010.

Municipalities that already have a Municipal/Authorizing Official (AO) are enabled to create a new MPG application without further contact with our office. All other municipalities will need to follow the instructions for registering an executive of the municipality as an M/AO before initiating an MPG application.

Conference call training for using the online application system will be available on Tuesday, March 23, and Friday, April 16, from noon – 1:00 pm. If you have any questions about this year’s MPG application or wish to sign up for the training, please don’t hesitate to contact Wendy Tudor (828-5249 or

Planning Volunteers Workshop, VT Law School

June 18-19, 2010
Development Review Volunteers’ Summer Retreat
Speakers and Workshops (under construction)

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Marc Mihaly Friday evening
Prof. John Echeverria Saturday morning
Prof. Sean Nolon Saturday lunch

Workshops: (aimed at timely topics, leadership building, skills, best practices…)

These are aimed for development review volunteers who are leaders in their municipalities, and so should be highly interactive; anticipating and incorporating their feedback. The information exchange among them is as important as the info the speaker wants to convey. Also, examples should be aimed at rural skills, examples and issues rather than more urban.

First session (choice of one):
1. Promoting More Energy Efficient Communities: Implementation via Project Review (Peg Elmer with Kat Roos, VLS): regulatory implementation
2. Takings: Lessons for the local decision-maker from the direction of the Courts (Prof. John Echeverria)
3. Basic Ethics (Garrett Baxter, VLCT): exploring the dilemmas posed in local land use decisions

Second session (choice of one):
4. The Developers’ Perspective (speakers yet to be determined from the private sector) the experience from the other side – what helps/what doesn’t; how to get more development happening (incentives) in the centers; small town examples; successful examples and why
5. The Effective Land Use Board (Stephanie Smith, VLCT)
6. Pushing that Density (Noelle MacKay and, tentative, Sharon Murray): Beyond enabling, to requiring. What to look for, issues to address

Third session (choice of one):
7. Dispute resolution: some successful models, and when to fit into development review decisions? (Prof. Sean Nolon, Director, VLS Dispute Resolution Center)
8. Making Decisions that Stick, post JAM Golf (Sharon Murray, Jim Barlow, VLCT both tentative – Offspring of VLS/VPA 4/23 professional workshop): Crafting defensible decisions under discretionary review criteria in the town bylaws.

The registration form is up and ready to use at the following link, for use by sponsors of participants as well.