Planning Commission

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The Planning Commission is a 7 member board that is responsible for planning the future of Jericho.  The Planning Commission needs YOU to help them plan for the future.

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 to learn more details.






Jericho Official Map
coming soon





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 to learn more details.






Jericho Official Map
coming soon





  • Jericho hires a new Town Planner

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    The Select Board and all of our staff are pleased to announce the hiring of Linda Blasch, who has accepted the position of Town Planner. Following a regional search and group interviews with the hiring committee, Planning Commission, Town of Jericho staff and the Select Board, it turns out that our next Town Planner has been living in right here in Jericho!

    Linda has most recently been a regional planner with Northwest Regional Planning in St Albans. She has worked with numerous Franklin and Lamoille County municipalities to develop and managing transportation, water infrastructure and community development projects. Having also worked for the State of Vermont Agency of Transportation, Linda has more than a decade of experience assessing and implementing grant funded projects. She has worked extensively with state and municipal staff, locally elected and appointed officials, and town boards. Linda has a track record of collaborative successes, partnering with small Vermont communities to identify creative ways to get transformational projects to completion.

    As a Jericho resident, Linda has developed a depth of understanding and appreciation for both the attributes that make Jericho unique-- and our opportunities, assets and challenges. Linda will be located in the Planning and Zoning office, beginning December 5th. She will be working closely with the Planning Commission on the upcoming revision of the Town Plan, the completion and approval of an official town map and forwarding the process of identifying and implementing ARPA funded projects. Welcome aboard Linda!

  • Housing Shortage in Vermont Towns

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    Like most towns in Vermont, and nationwide, Jericho is experiencing a shortage of diverse housing stock. The state is encouraging towns to make small changes to their zoning codes to encourage more housing. Jericho implemented some of the recommended changes in the 2021 updates to our bylaws and plans to make additional changes in future editions. We are collaborating with the Affordable Housing Committee and diligently working to encourage development of low income, and workforce housing within Jericho to supplement existing and ongoing development.

    This topic was recently featured on Vermont Edition. Click below to listen:

    https://www.vermontpublic.org/local-news/2022-09-30/vermont-towns-are-considering-changes-in-their-zoning-regulations-to-spur-more-housing



  • Town Plan 2024 - Consultant Selected

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    The Selectboard and Planning Commission are pleased to share that they have selected Sterling Mountain Community Planning & Design (https://www.sterlingmountainplanning.com) to assist with the update of the Town Plan. This project will begin in fall 2022 and continue for about a year. Residents will have many opportunities to participate and help develop ideas for how Jericho should grow and prosper over the next 10 years. Check out the Town Plan 2024 project page (coming soon) for more info.

  • Job Position Open - TOWN PLANNER

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    The Town of Jericho (VT) is looking for its next Town Planner. Jericho (pop. ~5,080) is a small rural community in the center of Chittenden County about 30 minutes from Burlington to the west and Mt. Mansfield to the east. The community has 3 small historic village centers surrounded by a quintessential rural landscape and abundant recreational opportunities.

    Do you:

    Want to work in a growing community that cares deeply about planning?

    Seek a new challenge and opportunity to take your career to another level?

    Want to play a leadership role in guiding the future of a dynamic rural small town?

    Have a weakness for craft beer or coffee, maple creemees, and handmade chocolate all within walking distance of your office?

    If so, this job is exactly what you should be looking for!

    The primary responsibility of the Town Planner is to assist the Planning Commission in carrying out their statutory functions and supporting the Town Administrator in managing the implementation of grant funded projects. The work of the Town Planner involves researching, analyzing, developing, and proposing land use planning and development policies, plans and ordinances for consideration by the Planning Commission and Selectboard. This work requires a high degree of independence, initiative, sound judgment and professionalism.

    Jericho has number of exciting planning initiatives currently underway that make this role particularly enticing including an update of the 2020 Town Plan, a wastewater feasibility study for the 3 state-designated Village Centers, prioritization of ARPA funding, and a multi-modal path scoping study. The Town also has several very active citizen committees working on affordable housing, trails, land conservation, energy, equity, and social justice.

    Our ideal candidate will be highly independent, curious, collaborative and a great communicator, and have a Bachelor’s degree and 3 or more years of experience in the field. The Town can offer a very competitive salary DOQ, a comprehensive benefits package, a flexible work environment, and a team-oriented work setting.

    For a complete job description click HERE. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and list of three references to John Abbott, Town Administrator via email at jabbott@jerichovt.gov or via mail at P.O. Box 39, Jericho, VT 05465.

    The Town of Jericho is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The deadline for responses is 9/23.

  • Planning Commission Meeting - June 21, 2022

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    The Planning Commission meets next on Tuesday June 21, 2022 at 7:00pm.

    The PC is holding their meeting in person at Town Hall and via Zoom. Public comment at this meeting is welcomed and encouraged using the following methods:

    The PC will discuss their recommendations to the Selectboard related to the second ARPA survey, the status of their RFQ for the Town Plan and the Official Map project, future zoning updates, and summer outreach plans.

    The full PC agenda is available to view on the PC webpage.

  • Planning Commission Meeting - June 7, 2022

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    The Planning Commission meets next on Tuesday June 7, 2022 at 7:00pm.

    The PC is holding their meeting in person at Town Hall and via Zoom. Public comment at this meeting is welcomed and encouraged using the following methods:

    • Join us in Town Hall
    • Participate in the meeting via Zoom: Attendees must click this link to register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pcOqrpjkuGtHKAlHNSy4fdX9tVCnniTqh. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting via computer, tablet or phone. Registration is quick and easy - you can register at any time.
    • MMCTV live video recording on Youtube: http://mtmansfieldctv.org/live-streams/ and on local Comcast cable channel 1076 and 1086. Note that these MMCTV options will not allow for live public comment
    • Email public comments ahead of time to be delivered to the PC to Katherine Sonnick, Planning Director, at ksonnick@jerichovt.gov

    The PC will discuss their work plan for 2022, the second ARPA survey, and summer outreach plans.

    The full PC agenda is available to view on the PC webpage.

  • Planning Commission Meeting - May 17

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    The Planning Commission meets next on Tuesday May 17, 2022 at 7:00pm.

    The PC is holding their meeting fully remote via Zoom. Public comment at this meeting is welcomed and encouraged using the following methods:

    • Participate in the meeting via Zoom: Attendees must click this link to register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItcOmqqDgrE9JQ0XlyDyosGq0qNwbnJqOq . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting via computer, tablet or phone. Registration is quick and easy - you can register at any time.
    • MMCTV live video recording on Youtube: http://mtmansfieldctv.org/live-streams/ and on local Comcast cable channel 1076 and 1086. Note that these MMCTV options will not allow for live public comment.
    • Email public comments ahead of time to be delivered to the PC to Katherine Sonnick, Planning Director, at ksonnick@jerichovt.gov

    The PC will discuss Capital Planning, the Town Plan, and the Official Map project.

    The full PC agenda is available to view on the PC webpage.

  • Planning Commission Meeting - May 3

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    The Planning Commission meets next on Tuesday May 3, 2022 at 7:00pm.

    The PC is holding their meeting in person at Town Hall and via Zoom. Public comment at this meeting is welcomed and encouraged using the following methods:

    • Participate in the meeting via Zoom: Attendees must click this link to register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtd-CgpjIrHdW5XaZZYpPYf4tf3JcWh57e. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting via computer, tablet or phone. Registration is quick and easy - you can register at any time.
    • MMCTV live video recording on Youtube: http://mtmansfieldctv.org/live-streams/ and on local Comcast cable channel 1076 and 1086. Note that these MMCTV options will not allow for live public comment.
    • Email public comments ahead of time to be delivered to the PC to Katherine Sonnick, Planning Director, at ksonnick@jerichovt.gov

    The PC will discuss Capital Planning, the Town Plan, and the Official Map project.

    The full PC agenda is available to view on the PC webpage.

  • Planning Commission Meeting - April 19, 2022

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    The Planning Commission meets next on Tuesday April 19, 2022 at 7:00pm.

    The PC is holding their meeting via Zoom. Please note that this is a change from the normal hybrid meetings we have been holding. Public comment at this meeting is welcomed and encouraged using the following methods:

    • Participate in the meeting via Zoom: Attendees must click this link to register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqdeuqqDMuHNU7qYD8TKNgETAfeoDhsWxe. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting via computer, tablet or phone. Registration is quick and easy - you can register at any time.
    • MMCTV live video recording on Youtube: http://mtmansfieldctv.org/live-streams/ and on local Comcast cable channel 1076 and 1086. Note that these MMCTV options will not allow for live public comment.
    • Email public comments ahead of time to be delivered to the PC to Katherine Sonnick, Planning Director, at ksonnick@jerichovt.gov

    The PC will discuss the Official Map project, the Town Plan, and Capital Planning.

    The full PC agenda is available to view on the PC webpage.

  • Planning Commission Meeting - April 5, 2022

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    The Planning Commission meets next on Tuesday April 5, 2022 at 7:00pm.

    The PC is holding their meeting in person at Town Hall and via Zoom. Public comment at this meeting is welcomed and encouraged using the following methods:

    • Join us in Person
    • Participate in the meeting via Zoom: Attendees must click this link to register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqcO-tqzoqGtCjt4EtZ7Lv0o5TCUvif6kp. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting via computer, tablet or phone. Registration is quick and easy - you can register at any time.
    • MMCTV live video recording on Youtube: http://mtmansfieldctv.org/live-streams/ and on local Comcast cable channel 1076 and 1086. Note that these MMCTV options will not allow for live public comment.
    • Email public comments ahead of time to be delivered to the PC to Katherine Sonnick, Planning Director, at ksonnick@jerichovt.gov

    The PC will discuss last Monday's Chittenden County Housing convening meeting, the tour of Camp Ethan Allen Training Site (CEATS), the Official Map project, begin discussing the update of the Town Plan, and discuss summer public engagement.

    The full PC agenda is available to view on the PC webpage.

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