Planning & Development


In compliance with Vermont’s stay-at-home requirement most of Planning and Development staff are working remotely. Public access is by appointment only.  Staff member is in the office daily and can be reached at (802) 295-3075.
We appreciate your patience with virtual communications.  Addressing resident's and businesses' concerns and questions remain a high priority.

If possible, please contact staff by email (see below).

Voicemail messages will be forwarded to proper staff member.


Lori Hirshfield, Director:

Matt Osborn, Town Planner:

Jo-Ann Ells, Zoning Administrator:

Brenda Lamphere, Administrative Assistant:

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


The Department of Planning and Development Services is responsible for the administration of local planning issues, including:

  • Building and Zoning Permits
  • Capital Improvement Planning and Implementation (CIP)
  • Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Economic Development
  • Energy 
  • Flood plain regulations
  • Hazard Mitigation Planning
  • Historic Preservation
  • Housing
  • Long-range planning projects
  • Marketing & Tourism
  • Resilience 
  • Site Development Plan Review
  • Transportation Planning
  • White River Junction Tax Increment Financing District

Commissions & Committees - See pages for each Committee for current meeting schedules.

The department staffs the:

  • Climate Advisory Committee
  • Community Resilience Organization of Hartford (CROH)
  • Conservation Commission
  • Design Review Committee
  • Energy Commission
  • Hartford Business Revolving Loan Fund Committee
  • Historic Preservation Commission
  • Planning Commission
  • Resilient Hartford Committee
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment

Partner Organizations

The department also works closely with:

  • Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation
  • Hartford Development Corporation
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Planning Commission
  • Upper Valley Strong
  • Vital Communities