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





Questions & Answers

Do you have any questions for the Planning Commission?  Do you wonder what is going on around town?  Would you like to see some different type of development occur?

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    I just received in the mail a Notification of Presumptive Isolation Zone for a new house to be built across Milo White Rd from my house. My first concern is the Wastewater System Isolation Zone crosses on to my property. I have questions and concerns. Who in our Town of Jericho government to I address my questions and concerns. Please reply. Thank you.

    Robert D asked 11 months ago

    Robert, thank you for reaching out with your question. Wastewater permits and concerns are issued/addressed by the state.  Here is the state wastewater division's contact info for Ernestine Chevrier: ernestine.chervrier@vermont.gov and phone 879-5661.

    If you want to talk more with a local Jericho person on this, the Zoning Administrator, Chris Flinn is your best best.  He is in the office on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  His email is: cflinn@jerichovt.gov and phone number is 899-2287 (ext 103).

    thanks again and Happy New  Year! 

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    Why was that enormous Kate’s food truck sign approved? It is in no way a reflection of Jericho and it makes us look like we are turning into Williston. A lot of folks are unhappy about this. Even the Dollar General sign is tiny, why not Kate’s?

    MLynn83 asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for you question on the sign for Kate's Food Truck. The Zoning Administrator issued a notice of violation for the sign as the sign area doesn't comply with Zoning requirements - yes, it it too big. The property owner is currently fighting the violation notice. The Zoning Administrator is continuing to pursue this issue. Stay tuned.

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    As a 30-year-plus resident of Underhill Flats, I've watched the slow change of opinions of this sweet little village. It used to be the poor cousin and now it's considered, hey, kinda neat. It's got a cool park and a terrific grocery store and the library. Rte 15 was a very attractive corridor coming from Jericho, the way the road curved and slowly revealed the village. I thought we had develop guidelines to protect scenic corridors but for some reason the new Union Bank was permitted to build right next to the road! As the Rte 15 turns north it looks like the new bank is sitting right in Rte 15. It obscures what was a lovely view of the village, especially the historic Calvary Church. How ironic that the expansive view of the large bank blocks the sweet little church (I'm not a member of Calvary) - I guess it reflects what we as a society now hold dear. This building is going to interfere with sight lines for cars leaving Jericho Market and cars driving west on Dickinson once that street becomes 2-way traffic. Pedestrians trying to cross Rte 15 are going to have to be extra vigilant. Oh well. Can't fix it now. But I would urge you to be more attentive to scenic corridors, historic buildings and pedestrian safety as the development of the Tatro property goes forward. A village is at stake. Vicki Milton

    VickiM asked almost 4 years ago

    Thanks for the question, Vicki.  You clearly care about the Underhill Fats/Riverside village and its future development.  As you noted, some exciting things have been happening there over the last few years and we believe there is more to come! 

    As you may recall, the community has invested a significant amount of effort in planning for the smart future growth of the village over a number of years.  You can see more about that on the "Riverside, What is New" Page of this website.  A good part of the planning has focused around the sawmill site, with the hope that any of the new development would be in character with the existing village that surrounds this site. 

    The largest planning effort involved the creation of zoning called "character based zoning," which is a way to regulate development that controls building form and location first and building use second.  In Jericho's case, the building form and location requirements are developed to conform with the existing local neighborhood character, which includes historical building placement in relation to roads. You can see that along RT 15 and Park Street, where most of the existing buildings are set back around 25 feet from the roads and the bank is set back just about the same distance, around 30 feet.  Also, the size of the bank building is just over 2,000 square feet, which also is the size of many of the surrounding buildings, including the neighboring church.  The architectural standards required for the bank were also developed to match the existing village building styles.

    Another one of the goals of the character based zoning is to provide for a safe and enjoyable pedestrian experience.  With that in mind, just as with the current historic village, any future development of the sawmill site will be required to provide sidewalks and pedestrian scale development.


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    how do we get the public more involved?

    Jason Cheney asked almost 4 years ago

    That's a great question and part of what this site is about!  We need to get people HERE to see what's going on! Tell your friends, let me know your thoughts and ideas.  A newsletter is coming out to envite people to engage. Also a post on FPF get people here.  Also.... we need more interactive creativity.  Any ideas on that front would be well received.

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