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Community Planning

How can communities envision their future and chart their course? CRS can facilitate community planning activities by assisting with the development of Municipal Plans, conducting targeted surveys, holding focus groups, and providing data resources that inform the planning process. CRS is also active in education and outreach for local land use officials as a member of the Vermont Land Use Education and Training Collaborative and as host for the Vermont Planning Information Center.

In Our Partner's Words

"The Center for Rural Studies has been a valuable planning resource over the years. Their website provides access to Census information tailored to Vermont Communities. CRS has encouraged and funded innovative tools to assist land use planning in rural communities."
-Kevin Behm with the Addison County Regional Planning Commission

"The Center has been a tremendous resource for the Town of Shelburne: CRS has provided data, successfully administered opinion surveys, and facilitated local planning in so many ways."
-Dean Pierce with the Town of Shelburne


Michael Moser is the point person for community planning at CRS. You may also contact CRS Director Jane Kolodinsky.

A Snapshot of Recent Community Planning Projects

  • Community Build-Out Analysis Software
    A free and accessible desktop program designed to help communities project the future consequences of their zoning. It also provides analyses for overlay districts, road frontage and commercial/industrial areas.
  • Underhill Community Planning Survey, 2008
    A survey of residents of Underhill, Vermont was conducted to identify the preferences of community members. The results will be used to inform a new town plan.

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