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Citizen's Guides to Government, Information Gathering, and Decision Making

Guides to Local Government*

Most of the guides below are available on this website. The Vermont Institute for Government, University of Vermont Extension, and the UVM Center for Rural Studies are working to provide online access to the others as well. In the meantime, feel free to contact the Vermont Institute for Government (address at the bottom of this page) for information on receiving copies.

CHANGING THE WORLD
A Guide To Public Meetings

BORN TO CHAIR
An Introduction to the Science and Art of Chairing a Board Meeting (1998)

THE MEETING WILL COME TO ORDER
A Voter's Guide to Town Meeting Procedure (revised 2006)

DO IT YOURSELF: ACT 250
A Citizen's Guide (2007)

IT'S YOUR TURN: A CALL TO LOCAL OFFICE
An Introduction to Locally Elected Positions (1997)

REFORMING LOCAL GOVERNMENT BY CHARTER
A Tool You Can Use to Change and Improve Your Local Government (1997)

DO IT YOURSELF: ZONING
A Guide to Zoning Hearings and Appeals (2007)

ISN'T THIS MY LAND?
An Introduction To Planning and Zoning In Vermont
ARE YOU APPEALING?
An Introductory Guide to Property Tax Assessment Appeals (1999)

HOW AND WHY TO READ A TOWN REPORT
A Guide to One of Your Town's most Important Information Resources (1996)

THE DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD
Strengthening the Planning and Zoning Functions of Municipal Government (1998) [not available online]

HOW TO FIND ANCIENT ROADS
Become a road historian and help solve a crucial mystery for your town (2006)

THE PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY AND YOU
An Introduction to Vermont Highway Law (1994)

ISN'T THERE A LAW ABOUT THAT?
A Guide to Finding Vermont Law (1999)

THE LAW OF WATER
An Introduction to Vermont Water Law (2001)

THE LAW OF TREES
The Special Status of Trees in Vermont Law (1998)

Guides to Information Gathering and Decision Making**

MAKING GROUP DECISIONS
A Guide To Selected Methods (1993)
COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT
An Introduction To The Needs Assessment Survey (1991) [not available online]

Some of these files are in .pdf format.
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Notes:

*The "Guides To Local Government" were produced by the Vermont Institute for Government (VIG). VIG is a non-profit corporation dedicated to improving educational opportunities for local officials and the public on how government works. It consists of representatives from each of the major groups in Vermont that offer such training.

The "Guides to Local Government" were correct when they were last reviewed (August, 1996), but law, like the weather, changes in time. For the most up to date versions of ordinances involved, check with your town clerk or the Office of the Secretary of State.

For more information Contact: Vermont Institute for Government
617 Comstock Rd, Ste 5, Berlin, VT 05602-9194
Phone: 802-223-2389

**The "Guides to Information Gathering and Decision Making" were produced by the University of Vermont Extension System.

For more information Contact: UVM Extension
617 Comstock Rd, Ste 5, Berlin, VT 05602-9194
Phone: 802-223-2389

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