Planning & Development


Lori Hirshfield, Director: Phone: 478-1119
Matt Osborn, Town Planner: Phone: 478-1118
Jo-Ann Ells, Zoning Administrator: Phone 478-1117
Brenda Lamphere, Administrative Assistant: Phone: 478-1116

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


Contact Us

Planning & Development
Hartford Town Hall
171 Bridge Street
White River Junction, VT 05001
Phone: 802-295-3075
Fax: 802-295-6382

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Town Code / Zoning / Subdivision Regulations11 documents

  • 2019 Town Plan
  • Subdivision Regulations (Effective 03/08/2016)
  • Hartford Sign Ordinance
  • Changes to the Hartford Zoning Regulations
  • Zoning Regulations
  • Effective 12-16-2014: Sections: 260-23A; 260-59; 260 C; 260 F)
  • Update to Zoning Regulations (Height)
  • New - QII Zoning District
  • New - QCR Zoning District
  • New - HCR Zoning District
  • New - Zoning Matrix of Uses

Department Resources16 documents

  • Administrative Approval
  • Agricultural Building Notice of Intent
  • Application Process Policy
  • Fire Protection Policy and Checklist
  • Chapter 58-Flood Hazard Area-General Code
  • Hartford Master Plan 2014
  • New Structure Address Form
  • Notice of Appeal
  • 2021 PC-ZBA-DRC Approved Schedule Revised 061821[75423]
  • Planning Commission and Zoning Board Application
  • Sign Ordinance
  • Sign Permit Application
  • Town Zoning Map
  • ZONING PERMIT 0701192
  • Setback Waiver Application
  • Zoning and Building Permit 6-Month Extension Request