Community Development

The Community Development Department is responsible for all local planning, zoning, and public health issues. The Department also provides staff support for the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment, and Conservation & Trails Committee as well as other boards and commissions. Key staff members include the Community Development Director, Zoning Administrator, and Town Planner.


  • Coordinate the development review process by Town boards, commissions, and staff
  • Maintain and update the Town plan and its implementing bylaws such as Zoning, Subdivision, and Health Regulations
  • Create and implement long range plans and studies involving the future development of the community
  • Handle health violations
  • Maintain a wide variety of maps
  • Maintain files for all development activity and Act 250 permits
  1. Community Development

    81 Main Street
    Essex Jct., VT  05452
    Monday through Friday
    8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



    Staff Directory

Print Documents for Sale

  • Town Plan
  • Zoning Regulations
  • Subdivision Regulations
  • Town Center Master Plan
  • Sewer Use Ordinance
  • Water Use Ordinance
  • Site Plans, Designs, and Plats

  • Affordable Housing Task Force Report
  • Health Regulations
  • Open Lands Study
  • Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment
  • Public Works Construction Specs
  • Sewer Allocation Policy

Items Available for Review

  • Act 250 Applications
  • Building Permits
  • Development Applications and Approvals
  • Site Plans, Designs, and Plats
  • Flood Plain Maps

  • Natural Resources Maps and Inventories
  • Population, Housing and Demographic Information
  • U.S. Census Data
  • Zoning Maps