Planning Commission

Regular Meeting
The Planning Commission generally meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 5 p.m. in either the City Council Chambers or Memorial Room in City Hall. In the event of a holiday or other occasion, meetings are sometimes held on the next Tuesday. The Commission may also schedule special meetings, subcommittee meetings, or workshops in addition to its regular schedule.

Most meetings are aired on ORCA Cable TV channel 17, which serves the Montpelier area. All meeting rooms and facilities in City Hall are accessible to persons with disabilities, including headphones in the Council Chambers for persons with hearing impairments. For evening meetings, the rear entrance to the building should be used. On occasion meetings need to take place outside of City Hall, see Agendas for location.

Members are urged to let staff know as early as possible if they will be unable to attend a scheduled meeting so arrangements can be made to ensure a quorum.

Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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  • Kim Cheney, Chair
    Term expires: August 2016
  • Jon Anderson, Vice Chair
    Term expires: October 2015
  • John Adams
    Term expires: August 2016
  • Barbara Conrey
    Term expires: August 2016
  • Tina Ruth
    Term expires: October 2015
  • Eileen Simpson
    Term expires: August 2016
  • Leslie Welts
    Term expires: August 2016
About the Commission
The Planning Commission consists of 7 members appointed by the City Council for 2 year terms. Commissioners perform planning functions and duties as required by the City charter, City Zoning and Subdivision Regulations, State law (24 VSA § 4325), and the City Council.

At its meeting on July 24, 2002, the City Council created a Development Review Board and appointed members to a newly constituted Planning Commission. This marks a new era for planning in Montpelier.

With the creation of the new Development Review Board, this Planning Commission is now freed up to focus on planning. High priorities in the coming year(s) include, but are not limited to:
  • Major update of the Montpelier Master Plan, including a significant re-evaluation of the City's land use and development policies
  • Update Montpelier's sign regulations
  • Update Montpelier's Design Review guidelines
  • Update Montpelier's impact fee ordinance
  • Re-evaluate and update Montpelier's parking regulations; participate in the preparation of the Capital Budget and Program
  • Study mechanisms for open space protection
  • Study mechanisms to promote the creation of new housing, and affordable housing in particular;
  • Develop lighting standards
  • Engage the community in carrying out the above initiatives