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Join in the conversation with the Planning Commission to help shape the future of Jericho.


The main guiding planning document is the Town Plan. The Town Plan reflects the aspirations of Jericho's citizens for the future of the Town. From the Town Plan comes the regulating documents: the Zoning Map and the Land Use Regulations. Check them out below:

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.

Find out more about the projects that the Planning Commission is working on by clicking the images below.




There is one vacancy for the Planning Commission

Join in the conversation with the Planning Commission to help shape the future of Jericho.


The main guiding planning document is the Town Plan. The Town Plan reflects the aspirations of Jericho's citizens for the future of the Town. From the Town Plan comes the regulating documents: the Zoning Map and the Land Use Regulations. Check them out below:

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.

Find out more about the projects that the Planning Commission is working on by clicking the images below.




There is one vacancy for the Planning Commission

  • Zoning Amendments Public Hearing

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    The Planning Commission has been working on a round of small Land Use and Development Regulations (A.K.A. “Zoning”) amendments for the last several months during their regular meetings.

    They are holding a public hearing on these changes on Tuesday March 12 at 7:00 pm in the Town Hall.

    The amendments include:

    • Accessory Apartments – these long debated changes address clarifying the permitted size of accessory apartments as well as measures to ensure that accessory apartments do not become second primary residences on a property. For those who recall this proposal back in 2016: gone is the requirement for shared wastewater systems.
    • Cemeteries – a revised definition to clarify how home burials are considered separately from cemetery burials. Also, an amendment was made to allow cemeteries in the Rural Agricultural Residential District.
    • Planned Unit Developments (PUD) – Two changes were made here. One is to update the density bonus section with the current high energy standard. The second is to tie together the Site Plan, Conditional Use and Subdivision review sections to the PUD section so it is clear when a PUD may possibly be required.
    • Character Based Zoning – A set of technical amendments are proposed help produce building that more accurately reflect the existing character of the neighborhood.

    For more details on these changes, click the hyperlinks below:

    The Public Hearing is the time for the public to offer their thoughts about the proposed amendments. Additionally, comments may be left here on this site and those comments will become a part of the public record and provided to the Planning Commission at their meeting on March 12.

    The Planning Commission will, after considering public comment, decide to vote/not vote and approve/ not approve the amendments. If they approve them, they will send them on to the Selectboard who will hold one or more public hearings on the amendments. Further comment on the amendments can be directed to the Selectboard at that time or anytime on this webpage.

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  • Planning Commission Meeting - February 19

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    The Planning Commission met on Tuesday February 19th. The following items were on the agenda:

    • Wendy reported on her meeting with the Energy Task Force on the Energy Plan. They want to use this website more for their information and communication.
    • The PC discussed a small change to the Zoning Regulations for energy deficiency in the PUD density bonus section. They will also looked at some proposed changes to the Character Based Zoning. They also approve the small package of Zoning rewrites and warned for a public hearing for their next meeting in March. Which, by the way will be on March 12, instead of March 5, which is Town Meeting day.
    • Here is the Draft Zoning Amendments 2-19-19
    • Here is the Public Hearing Notice
    • Here is a summary of changes, along with the official state required Zoning Report.
    • They will also talk about the Commercial District project and work more on their public engagement strategy. Come check out their table at Town Meeting!

    The minutes will be posted on this page when available as well as the MMCTV video.

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  • Planning Commission Meeting Summary - February 5

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    The Planning Commission met on Tuesday February 5th. They discussed the following items:

    • As has become the custom, the PC members will reported on any of their communication with other Town boards and committees. Susan Bresee is working with the Conservation Commission on developing standards for a new Tax Stabilization program. Wendy Verrei Berenback reported that she is continuing to work with the Energy Task Force on a revised Energy Chapter for the Town Plan and they desire to use the town website (this site!) more. She also has been in touch with the Transition Town group and they have invited the PC to attend their April meeting to discuss the Commercial District Project. She is also in touch with the Environmental Club at MMU and can hopefully talk to them about the Commercial District Project. Chris discussed the DRB's review of accessory apartments. Jason noted that he will be attending the Jericho Waterboard's meeting on February 20 to discuss the extension of the water line to the Commercial District.
    • The then discussed a small change to the Zoning Regulations for PUDs regarding making it clear in the site plan, conditional use and subdivision sections that a PUD may be required. A reader of the the subdivision, site plan and conditional use review sections would be refereed to the existing language in the PUD section.
    • The PC noted that in response to the DRB's recent comment about the out of date language in the PUD density bonus section about energy efficiency they should update the language to reflect the current higher standard.
    • They also heard about some potential changes to the Character Based Zoning. These changes are in relation to some areas that might not make sense or would not carry out the intent of the CBZ.
    • They talked about the Commercial District project and worked more on their public engagement strategy. The executive summary of the project can be distributed and they will start reaching out to the different school communities as well as churches, and senior community.

    The MMCTV video of the meeting is posted on this web page.

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  • PC Meeting Summary - January 22

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    The Planning Commission met with its consultant to have their first look at the draft Commercial District master plan and vision statement. They discussed how the draft at this stage represents the vision of the Commercial District land owners and the next step will be to engage the public to shape a town-wide vision. This draft Master Plan and vision will be posted shortly.

    Stay tuned....


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  • PC Meeting Summary - January 15

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    The Planning Commission met Tuesday January 15.

    They discussed the following items:

    • Susan Bresee is working with the Conservation Commission on developing a new local tax stabilization program. She noted that they will discuss this in an upcoming CC meeting. Wendy Verrei Berenback continues to work with the Jericho Energy Task Force on the Energy chapter in the Town Plan. Sarah McLeod and Chris Brown met with the Trails Committee and learned about the TC's desire to educate people on easements and sidewalks.
    • The PC will discussed some updates on the Commercial District Project. The PC received the draft Master Plan that will first be discussed by the Commercial District property owners next Monday and then by the PC on Tuesday January 22. This will be the first time that the PC has had an opportunity to discuss the plan, as to this point it has been the draft vision of the Commercial District property owners.
    • The PC continued to discuss their communication plan for public engagement for the Commercial District Project. Currently there isn't much to communicate as the public involvement process will begin in February.
    • They will also discuss a couple more potential zoning amendments. Specifically to Planned Unit Developments and to the Character Based Zoning District. More information on those proposed changes will be posted early next week on this site.

    The meeting was recorded by MMCTV and is posted on this page, to the right. Please feel free to to comment on anything about this meeting on this website, specifically here on this page, below.

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  • December 18 - Summary PC Meeting

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    The Planning Commission met on December 18.

    They discussed the following items:

    • As has become the custom, the PC members reported back on any of their communication with other Town boards and committees. Wendy met with the Jericho Energy Task Force the previous evening to discuss Energy chapter of the Town Plan. Edits are progressing with the help of the Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC). Jason reported that he, Susan and Chris all attended the December 13 DRB meeting to observe. Susan noted that an impact study is going to be required for one of the DRB projects, on the recommendation of the Conservation Committee.
    • The PC briefly discussed the Commercial District project. The project Advisory Committee had met the previous night and Chris Sargent (the consultant) had delivered a sizable package including the Commercial District land owner's vision and a draft master plan. More information on that project can be viewed on the Commercial District page.
    • The PC continued their discussion on their public engagement "bucket list," which is geared towards how to get information and input from Jericho residents on the Commercial District project. Heads up - more information about how you can engage in the process is upcoming!
    • The PC wrapped up their review of Accessory Apartments, with the aim of AAs providing affordable housing. The draft document may be viewed here.
    Please feel free to leave any comments here on this meeting and topics. The MMCTV video may be viewed on the right sidebar.

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  • December 4 PC Meeting Summary

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    The Planning Commission met on December 4, 2018. During that meeting they talked briefly about Commercial District project as well as how to continue to and increase engagement with Jericho residents.

    Stay tuned for more information and opportunities to engage! You can start by registering to this website as well as signing up for updates to this page, the Planning Commission page.

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