Planning & Development

3/25/20 - Stay at Home - Effective at 5:00 PM

In compliance with Vermont's COVID-19 stay-at-home requirement, Town of Hartford staff members are working remotely.
Addressing residents' and businesses' concerns and questions remains a high priority.  Please contact us via email as shown below.  If you are unable to do that, please leave a message.
We appreciate your patience as we adapt to virtual communications.

Until Further Notice applications for development requiring a hearing with the Planning Commission and/or Zoning Board of Adjustment are not being accepted at this time.


Lori Hirshfield, Director: lhirshfield@hartford-vt.org

Matt Osborn, Town Planner: mosborn@hartford-vt.org

Jo-Ann Ells, Zoning Administrator: jells@hartford-vt.org

Brenda Lamphere, Administrative Assistant: blamphere@hartford-vt.org

Geoff Martin, Energy Coordinator: gmartin@hartford-vt.org

Thank you.







Mission Statement


To provide efficient and professional planning and development assistance and service to the Hartford community, while preserving the history, character and uniqueness of Hartford

Responsibilities


The Department of Planning and Development Services is responsible for the administration of local planning issues, including:
  • Downtown promotion
  • Economic development
  • Energy
  • Flood plain regulations
  • Housing
  • Long-range planning projects
  • Zoning enforcement
  • Zoning permits
The department is also responsible for overseeing tourism and the administration of state and federal grants.

Commissions & Committees


The department staffs the:
  • Community Resilience Organization of Hartford (CROH)
  • Conservation Commission
  • Design Review Committee
  • Energy Commission
  • Hartford Business Revolving Loan Fund Committee
  • Historic Preservation Commission
  • Planning Commission
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment

Partner Organizations


The department also works closely with:
  • Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Planning Commission
  • Vital Communities