DRAFT Town Plan Documents
(see Current Town Plan Documents Further Down The Page)
The Planning Commission proposal was finalized and delivered to the Select Board on February 3,
2017. This is a complete rewrite of the plan based on nearly three years of work, including multiple public surveys,
a series of four community forums with invited speakers on key topics, countless Planning Commission meetings, and a
formal public hearing on November 9, 2016. Substantial public feedback was received in association with the public
hearing, including a review by staff at the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. The Planning Commission
spent two months (five meetings) discussing every public comment, and making numerous revisions based on those
Next Steps: Select Board review and possible revisions followed by two public hearings prior to adoption. Public
hearing dates will be posted once scheduled.
|The Hinesburg Town Plan is a visionary document that sets a direction for
Hinesburg's future. The Town Plan touches on many aspects of the community, including land use and development,
the economy, recreation, town government, and education to name a few. Vermont law requires towns update their
Town Plan every eight years
Although revised in 2013, the last comprehensive update to Hinesburg’s Town Plan was in 2005. Beginning
in 2014, the Planning Commission began the process to update the plan – where Hinesburg is today,
and our vision for where it should be headed in the future.
This effort includes substantial community
feedback through surveys, events, and community forums on topics of interest. Community feedback was married
with regular Planning Commission meeting work sessions to review each section of the plan. Input and revised
plan language was requested from other municipal boards and commissions along with Town staff and school
The Planning Commission has scheduled their first formal public hearing for additional community feedback. After
any further revisions, the Planning Commission will forward the proposed Town Plan to the Select Board for review,
more public hearings, and eventual adoption.
Hinesburg's Town Plan was originally adopted in 1971. The most recent
update was made September 9, 2013.
The Hinesburg Town Plan is the principal policy statement for the Town of Hinesburg, presenting a
snapshot of existing conditions and a vision for the future.
The Town Plan serves as the framework for the decisions that will guide the Town's growth over the
next five year planning period, as well as for the long term future of the town. The Town Plan
outlines a vision through a set of goals and objectives that will be implemented as recommended
by the Plan.
The Town Plan is used by the Hinesburg Planning Commission, Select Board, Development Review Board,
Conservation Commission, as well as regional and state agencies. It is also meant as a guide to individuals
and other organizations for decisions affecting the Town.
Specific uses and purposes of the Plan include:
- A framework for planning the future of the town
- A guide to decision-making in development review
- The basis for revisions to Zoning and Subdivision Bylaws
- The basis for a capital budget and plan
- To serve as a policy document in the Act 250 process and other regulatory proceedings
- To recommend studies to address specific town issues
As part of each Town Plan update the process includes holding community forums
and conducting online surveys for the public to share ideas.
Follow the links below to notes and meeting materials from recent forums and survey results.
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