2018 Municipal Planning Grant

2018 Municipal

Planning Grant


Contact: Taylor Newton Northwest Regional Planning Commission (802) 524-5958 tnewton@nrpcvt.com www.nrpcvt.com

Fairfield Kicks Off Bylaw Revision Project

At their meeting May 7, 2018, the Fairfield Planning Commission began a project to revise the Fairfield Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw. The project, funded through a Municipal Planning Grant (MPG) from the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, will involve a comprehensive revision of the existing bylaw with a particular focus on establishing standards to ensure the future viability of the community’s villages. The Town of Fairfield has contracted with Northwest Regional Planning Commission to manage the project.

During the summer of 2018, the Fairfield Planning Commission will work with staff from Northwest Regional Planning Commission to develop an “Existing Character Assessment” of the villages of Fairfield and East Fairfield. The intent of this assessment is to better understand existing development patterns within the villages. This will guide future decisions by the Fairfield Planning Commission about the zoning and subdivision regulations that affect the villages. The Fairfield Planning Commission may consider whether regulations should help maintain the existing development patterns or encourage the transformation of the village.

Melissa Manson, Fairfield Planning Commission Chair, states “We are excited for this opportunity to develop zoning and subdivision regulations that will both ensure the future viability of Fairfield’s villages and working lands.”

The Fairfield Planning Commission hopes to keep the public engaged throughout the bylaw revision project. Specific events for public engagement include a public forum held in the fall of 2018 and a presentation at Town Meeting in 2019. The general public is encouraged to attend regular Fairfield Planning Commission meetings. These meetings are held at the Fairfield Town Office on the 1st Monday of each month starting at 8 PM. The next Planning Commission meeting will be held on July 2, 2018. A website with relevant materials about the project can also be found at: http://www.fairfieldvermont.us/wordpress/zoning/zoning-planning-2018-mpg/.

The Planning Commission will be meeting from 6:00-8:00pm on July 2nd prior to the regular meeting time to walk each village and conduct the character assessment. To join the conversations meet at the Community Center in East Fairfield at 6:00pm and the Town Office in Fairfield Village at 7:00pm.

Submitted to following media outlets:

St. Albans Messenger

County Courier



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, walk able 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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