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Vacancies On Town Boards and Commissions

As part of the Select Board's Policy for Appointments to Commissions, Boards, and Committees (CBC), individuals interested in an appointment must express their interest in writing to the Select Board. Selection of an applicant is at the discretion of the Select Board, and an effort shall be made to create or maintain a balance of views that is representative of the community. The Select Board will also consider an applicant's qualifications, level of interest, and potential conflicts of interest as they pertain to the duties of the appointment under consideration.

The Select Board has established a policy to standardize procedures for the selection, appointment, membership, and dismissal process for Select Board appointed town Commissions, Board, and Committees (CBC).
To express your interest in an appointment contact:

   Office of Town Administrator
   c/o Renae Marshall
   10632 VT Route 116
   Hinesburg VT 05461

   email: rmarshall@hinesburg.org
   phone: 802-482-2281 ext. 222

There are open seats on the following:
  • Affordable Housing Committee: (1) 3-year term
  • Development Review Board (DRB) Alternate: (2) 3-year term
  • Economic Development Committee: (1) 3-year term
  • Planning Commission: (1) term runs through 1/01/21
  • Recreation Commission: (1) 3-year term
  • Town Health Officer
  • Trails Committee: (2) 3-year terms
  • Village Steering Committee: (4) 2-year term

Affordable Housing Committee
An advisory group responsible for gathering, generating and prioritizing ideas and plans which will help to increase the availability of affordable housing in the Town, as well as to assess the quality and quantity of current affordable housing, and to bring these ideas and information forward in a advisory manner to the Select Board, Planning Commission, Development Review Board and Town staff. This is a nine member committee.

Development Review Board (DRB)
The DRB has seven members and two alternates. It reviews all development proposals that require more than a simple zoning/building permit. This includes applications for: subdivisions, business site plans, planned residential developments, conditional uses, signs, camp conversions, etc. The DRB is a technical and project/application driven group with a specific “rule book” (Zoning and Subdivision regulations and Official Map) on which to base approvals or denials of new development. Ultimately, the purpose behind the development review process is to help achieve the community’s vision through sensible and well-planned development. The community’s vision is expressed broadly in the Town Plan, and codified with regard to new development in specific land use regulations. The DRB meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

Economic Development Committee
The mission of the Economic Development Committee is to develop a 5-year Strategic Economic Development Plan for adoption by the Select Board; and help recruit, vet, promote, and aid Hinesburg business owners and developers to work amicably and efficiently with the Town and its local governing body.

Planning Commission
The Planning Commission has nine members, and meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Town Office. The role of the Planning Commission is to provide leadership and long-term perspective on community planning matters. This involves public outreach and feedback including holding public hearings, conducting surveys, holding forums, and educating the community about issues facing Hinesburg. The Planning Commission is a policy board that works collaboratively with the community, other municipal boards, and regional/state partners to help define and achieve Hinesburg’s vision as expressed in the Town Plan. The principal responsibility of the Planning Commission is to prepare and amend the Town Plan and the land use regulations (e.g., Zoning Regulations, Subdivision Regulations, Official Map). More information on the Planning Commission Page.

Town Health Officer
Town Health Officers play an important role in the community. Thay are responsible for 1) Investigating possible public health hazards and risks within the town, 2) Taking action to prevent, remove, or destroy any public health hazards, 3) Taking action to lessen significant public health risks, and 4) Enforcing health laws, rules and permit conditions, and taking the steps necessary to enforce orders. More info is available at the Vermont Department of Health website.

Recreation Commission
The Commission oversees the operations of the Recreation Department in an advisory fashion. The Commission assists the Recreation Coordinator in reviewing and designing programs and policies based on the needs and wants of the community, and works to insure high quality recreation programs for the Town of Hinesburg. The Commission also reviews existing recreation facilities making recommendations to the Select Board for new facilities or improvements to existing facilities. The Commission meets the first Tuesday of each month.

Trails Committee
The mission of the Hinesburg Trails Committee is to support the development and maintenance of an interlocking set of trails and dirt roads for recreational and non-motorized transportation uses. The Committee will work to assure that Hinesburg is a community where sidewalks, trails, and unpaved roads provide a safe way for residents to travel, to connect with each other, and to enjoy both the village and surrounding rural area by foot, bicycle, and on horseback.  Members are interested in all routes, from extended walks in the woods at the Town Forest, to very short trips crossing Route 116 to Lantman's from the Town Hall. The Committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month.

Village Steering Committee
An advisory group responsible for gathering, generating and prioritizing ideas and plans which will help to enhance the quality of life in the village, and to bring these ideas forward to the elected officials, appointed boards and commissions and Town staff. The Village Steering Committee serves as a voice for the residents and businesses located in the village area. Residing in the village is not a requirement for serving on this committee. The Committee meets the second Monday of each month.


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