2018 Municipal Planning Grant

2018 Municipal Planning Grant

Request for Qualifications


Consult Services for Revision to the Fairfield Subdivision and Zoning Bylaws

Town of Fairfield

25 North Road

P O Box 5

Fairfield, Vermont 05455


Statements of Qualifications Due by 3pm Friday, April 6th 2018


Project Description:

The Town of Fairfield is requesting Statements of Qualifications from consulting firms for project assistance services for an update to the Subdivision and Zoning Bylaws. This project will significantly revise the Subdivision and Zoning Bylaws with a focus on promoting housing and compact, walkable development within the two Village Centers as identified in the 2015 Town Plan and 2015 Village Center Designations. The Town of Fairfield has begun a sidewalk scoping project to install sidewalks in the each of the Village centers. The proposed project is focused on revising the Town’s Subdivision and Zoning Bylaw to best support the rural assets while concurrently supporting the growth of its Village Centers. The updates need to be explicit to ensure consistent interpretation and readability, organized charts with updated maps, and current State statues. The Subdivision regulations will be reviewed and updated as necessary for proper standards, procedures and recording of administrative single lot subdivisions and multiple lot subdivisions as well as updating PUD standards. The Zoning Regulations will address Zoning Districts and boundaries of the 8 districts. The project will include addressing permit types and clarify the use and procedure of each type of permit as well as addressing the use of the permit allocation system. Clarification of permitting procedures, standards for development, site plan requirements, road access, wetlands, shorelands, flood hazard overlay with additional provisions regarding RBES/CBES and HUD certificates for mobile homes. The consultant’s services will ensure that the Zoning Regulations reflect Town Practice and current state statutes.


The town has received an FY2018 Municipal Planning Grant, MP-2018-Fairfield-00025, from the Agency of Commerce and Community Development to fund this project. There is a total of $16,000 available for consultant services, $13,333 from the ACCD grant and a local match of $2,667 from the town.

Request for Qualifications

Attachment A work plan and budget

Attachment B

Attachment C

Attachment D


Learn more about our Planning Project here:

Fairfield Issues and Actions Report


subdivision and zoning bylaws 2012

FairfieldTown Plan.2015

Village Center Designation 2015


Please note that the next meeting will be Monday April 16th 2018 at 8pm

Other wise;

The Planning Commission meets Monthly on the first Monday of each month, at 8pm at the Town office at 25 North Road in Fairfield Center. Feel free to attend all meetings are open to the public.

The town of Fairfield, VT- The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) awarded $16,000 to the Town of Fairfield in Municipal Planning Grant funds to revise the Subdivision and Zoning Bylaws.  (Awarded $13,333 with a town match of $2,667 Total of $16,000) 

“Updating our bylaws will enable us to more effectively meet our communities needs and goals” Alisha LaRocque, Town Zoning Administrator. The Town of Fairfield will have a year and a half to complete the project.

“As Vermont continues to grow its economy, maintain a high quality of life and attract new people and business to the state, Municipal Planning Grants help communities accelerate local solutions, energize downtown’s, remove barriers to much needed housing,” said Vermont DHCD Commissioner Katie Buckley.

Awarded annually and administrated by DHCD, the Municipal Planning Grant program supports local community revitalization and planning initiatives. Since 1998, the program provided over $12 million to 234 cities and towns across Vermont, bringing people together to adopt useful and relevant municipal plans, regulations, improved capital budgeting and innovated projects that prepare them for the challenges they face.  

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