Planning Commission

The Jericho Planning Commission (PC) is made up of seven volunteer-members appointed by the Select Board. We do our work through a lens which attempts to balance the public good with private rights and interests by listening to public input, researching issues and solutions, and following state and regional laws and guidelines.

The primary duties and responsibilities of the PC include:

  • Prepare the Comprehensive Plan, for consideration by the Selectboard. The Comprehensive Plan, also known as the Town Plan or Municipal Plan, describes the future visions and goals of the community, and it sets forth how the Town intends to achieve its goals.

  • Propose by-laws, for consideration by the Selectboard. The by-laws, also known as Land Use and Development regulations or zoning regulations, implement the growth and development goals of the community, and they must conform with the Town Plan.

Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Public participation and comment is welcomed and encouraged. Click Here For PC Meeting Procedures

Other roles of the PC:

  • Advises the Selectboard and other Town committees (e.g. Conservation Commission, Trails Committee, Affordable Housing Committee) on planning topics, projects, and the capital program.

  • Assists town committees and staff with actions that will implement the visions and goals of the adopted Town Plan. Each town committee has a liaison on the Planning Commission so we remain apprised of each others' work.

The PC is assisted and guided by the Town Planner, who is a town employee. Through this collaboration the PC and Planner:

  • Collect information and recommend town policies related to land use and development, housing, public spaces, transportation, economic and social development, historic and scenic preservation, recreation, energy use and conservation, and natural resources protection.
  • Identify grants from government and nonprofits to fund projects.
  • Ensure Jericho complies with state planning goals and smart growth principles.

  • Work with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, our neighboring towns, and state agencies like the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Agency of Natural Resources.




Click on any of the buttons below to read the documents:

Click this link to view more planning documents on the Town Documents Page. You can also find all old versions of the Town Plan and Land Use Regulations Here. You can also find more Planning Documents on the sidebar of this page.



Here are some of our current projects - click on each image for more information.






Connecting Jericho Corners and Riverside - Multimodal Path










The Jericho Planning Commission (PC) is made up of seven volunteer-members appointed by the Select Board. We do our work through a lens which attempts to balance the public good with private rights and interests by listening to public input, researching issues and solutions, and following state and regional laws and guidelines.

The primary duties and responsibilities of the PC include:

  • Prepare the Comprehensive Plan, for consideration by the Selectboard. The Comprehensive Plan, also known as the Town Plan or Municipal Plan, describes the future visions and goals of the community, and it sets forth how the Town intends to achieve its goals.

  • Propose by-laws, for consideration by the Selectboard. The by-laws, also known as Land Use and Development regulations or zoning regulations, implement the growth and development goals of the community, and they must conform with the Town Plan.

Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Public participation and comment is welcomed and encouraged. Click Here For PC Meeting Procedures

Other roles of the PC:

  • Advises the Selectboard and other Town committees (e.g. Conservation Commission, Trails Committee, Affordable Housing Committee) on planning topics, projects, and the capital program.

  • Assists town committees and staff with actions that will implement the visions and goals of the adopted Town Plan. Each town committee has a liaison on the Planning Commission so we remain apprised of each others' work.

The PC is assisted and guided by the Town Planner, who is a town employee. Through this collaboration the PC and Planner:

  • Collect information and recommend town policies related to land use and development, housing, public spaces, transportation, economic and social development, historic and scenic preservation, recreation, energy use and conservation, and natural resources protection.
  • Identify grants from government and nonprofits to fund projects.
  • Ensure Jericho complies with state planning goals and smart growth principles.

  • Work with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, our neighboring towns, and state agencies like the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Agency of Natural Resources.




Click on any of the buttons below to read the documents:

Click this link to view more planning documents on the Town Documents Page. You can also find all old versions of the Town Plan and Land Use Regulations Here. You can also find more Planning Documents on the sidebar of this page.



Here are some of our current projects - click on each image for more information.






Connecting Jericho Corners and Riverside - Multimodal Path










  • 2024 - What's Ahead for the Planning Commission?

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    Now that the Town Plan has been adopted by the Selectboard the PC is starting 2024 with an invigorated mission. The "Getting It Done" chapter outlines goals and priorities for 2024 and beyond and the PC is using that as a guide for creating a Work Plan for the year. The PC hopes to work with the Selectboard, other Town committees, and staff, to accomplish many of the Town Plan goals in a transparent and timely way.

    The first item on the PC’s list for 2024 is to begin work to update parts of the Town’s land use regulations (“zoning”). The Jericho Planning Office received a Bylaw Modernization Grant from the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development to align the zoning with the new Town Plan. The Town Planner and PC will be working with a consultant to review and update zoning items such as dimensional requirements, allowable uses, street standards, and the development review process. The focus will be the Village Center zoning district and the Character Based Zoning overlay for Riverside. The goal of these zoning updates is to support a pedestrian-oriented development pattern that increases housing choice, affordability, and opportunity in areas planned in accordance with Vermont's smart growth principles (24 VSA 2791). Updates will be guided by recommendations from the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development's publication Enabling Better Places: A Zoning Guide for Vermont Neighborhoods. Visit the 2024 Village Center Zoning Update project page to learn more about this work.

    Questions? Comments? Please share your thoughts with Linda Blasch, Town Planner - lblasch@jerichovt.gov

  • Planning Commission Year-End Message

    Looking forward to Selectboard's second and hopefully final public hearing on new Town Plan, Dec.19...etc. PC message is to hope all residents Enjoy the holidays with friends, neighbors, and loved ones, we are thankful for this wonderful community and the opportunity to serve, and we plan to hit the ground running in 2024 with many projects including zoning updates, bike/ped improvements, and wastewater infrastructure planning for our villages.

  • Town Plan 2024 Executive Summary

    The Planning Commission has prepared an Executive Summary of the new Town Plan, for those who want a brief overview of the new Town Plan. If you are short on time, want a quick snapshot, or need to decide if you should dig into more details, this Executive Summary is for you...




  • CCRPC Town Plan Report - Jericho

    The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission reviewed a draft of Jericho's new Town Plan. CCRPC determined the Plan complies with all state statute requirements and is compatible with the Regional Plan, in preparation for review and adoption by the Jericho Selectboard, currently planned for December 2023 or early January 2024 after two public hearings are conducted.

    The Town Plan report was submitted to the CCRPC by Town Planner, Linda Blasch, as required by Vermont State statute.

    CLICK HERE TO READ THE TOWN PLAN REPORT

  • PC and AHC Recommend Housing Resolution

    The Planning and Housing Commissions collaborated to create a Resolution on Housing Construction Goals in Jericho. The committees have jointly submitted the Resolution to the Selectboard for review and recommend adoption. Once adopted the resolution will help guide the Town Selectboard in their work to promote and provide infrastructure to create a more diverse housing stock.

    Read the resolution here: Resolution on Housing Construction Goals in Jericho

  • Multi-Modal Path Q and A

    Why are we doing this scoping study?

    • The Planning Commission continues to hear that Jericho residents want more infrastructure that provides safe ways to walk and bike more around town - to get to school, visit friends, shop and dine. Fewer car trips improves health and well-being, and reducing emissions is better for clean air and water.

    • The backbone of a safe and useful bike/ped network would be a connection between our three Village Centers. This was identified as a priority in a Bike & Pedestrian Master Plan for Jericho that was developed in 2015. (click to view study report)

    • The current study will look at 2 options to connect Jericho Corners (Jericho Elementary School/Griswold Street) with Riverside/Flats (Browns River Middle School/Mills Riverside Park) and determine which is most feasible. One option is along the south side of Route 15 and the other is following along an old railroad bed through private property north of route 15.

    • The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission receives federal funds to work with consultants and towns to complete scoping studies like these. Jericho is fortunate to only pay a small portion of consulting fees for this work.

    Didn't we already study this idea?

    • Yes. The Town hired Dubois & King (D&K) in 2016, to develop plans to connect Jericho Corners with Riverside. (click to view study report)

    • D&K considered 3 options for a sidewalk/path. One on the north side of Route 15, one on the south side of Route 15, and a "cross-country" path using the old railroad bed north of route 15, which runs parallel to Browns River, generally from Cilley Hill Road to Raceway Road/Route 15. The 2016 study considered:

      • Traffic

      • Who would use the path and where would they go (i.e. school, work)

      • Options for crossing Route 15

      • Impacts to homes and utilities along the route.

    • The river, wetlands, and private property issues (no existing right-of-way) were perceived as major obstacles to using the old railroad bed, therefore the option of using that route was not fully explored.

    • The option on the north side of route 15 had more significant impacts to utilities, required more property acquisition, required more residents to cross route 15 in order to access the path, and was more expensive than the south side option.

    • In 2016 public engagement was minimal - fewer than 10 residents attended the primary meeting and about 10 others wrote emails.

    • In May 2017, the Selectboard selected the option for a sidewalk/path along the south side of Route 15, separated by a green strip where possible as the preferred alternative.

    Why repeat the study? Why aren't we just building something?

    • In 2017, D&K estimated costs to build a connection would range from $600,000 to $900,000. State and federal grants pay to design and build most sidewalks and paths. Towns typically cover 10%-20% of the costs; grants cover 80%-90%.

    • Jericho applied for Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) grants to build segments of the Route 15 south side path but was declined twice. VTrans gave feedback on improvements needed to strengthen a grant application in order for the project to be funded. Without grants, building the connection would be too expensive.

    • Since the original study, residents continue to press for safe bike and pedestrian infrastructure with a lot of interest in a cross-country path option. The Planning Commission and the Selectboard decided to re-open the project and fully evaluate the cross-country railbed option along with the south side of Route 15 option.

    • The Planning Commission believes that more public engagement will lead to a better design with more public support, and a better design will lead to a stronger application which is more likely to win funding. In fact, we have already seen higher participation rates with over 70 people attending the initial public meeting in February, 2023.



  • Multi-Use Path Scoping Study Presentation Slides



  • Jericho Corners to Riverside multi-use path meeting 2/21/23

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    Are you curious about opportunities to create a path to walk or ride a bike from the area near Jericho Elementary School all the way to Mills Riverside Park? The Town of Jericho is working with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission and their consultant, Stantec, to investigate the feasibility of creating a multi-use path (for bikes and pedestrians) between the villages of Jericho Corners and Riverside/Underhill Flats. Join us for a community discussion at the Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, February 21st, at 7:00 PM at the Jericho Town Hall or via Zoom (link to be posted on the Planning Commission agenda). The purpose of this meeting is for the community to share ideas, support, and/or concerns regarding this connectivity project. Currently under consideration are a path adjacent to Route 15 and/or a multi-use trail that could follow the old railroad bed between Raceway Road, Route 15 and beyond.

    Click to view a PDF version of the presentation: Jericho VT 15 Multi-Use Path Scoping Study Local Concerns Meeting

    The consultant will use resident input from this meeting to develop and refine design concepts that will be presented at a future meeting. For more information, see this page on the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission website: https://www.ccrpcvt.org/jericho-corners-to-riverside-multi-use-path/


  • PC 2022 Year in Review

    The Jericho Planning Commission is responsible for community planning focusing on land use, development, and growth. Planning integrates land use with priorities for housing, transportation, economic development, recreation, energy use, natural resources conservation, and healthy living. Jericho’s plans and zoning regulations must comply with state laws and goals, and with the Chittenden County regional plan.

    Vermont's primary land use planning goal:

    To plan development so as to maintain the historic settlement pattern

    of compact village and urban centers separated by rural countryside.


    Here are the main topics discussed by the PC in our work during 2022:

    1. Housing Assessment

    2. Zoning for Housing

    3. ARPA

    4. Town Plan 2024

    5. Official Map

    6. Hiring New Town Planner


    Click Here To Read The Full Report


  • PC Offers ARPA Spending Suggestions to Selectboard

    On January 5, 2023 the Planning Commission presented recommendations that the Selectboard consider allocating some ARPA funds toward investments to help expand housing options in Jericho and to catalyze mixed use development in the Riverside Village Center.

    Click here to read the document: PC Recommendation to Selectboard - ARPA


Page last updated: 24 Jun 2024, 02:13 PM