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Community Planning Partnership Update

Towns Work to Protect Vermont’s Iconic Views

Essex and Jericho are hard at work on a joint project to protect the rural character of their landscape, including iconic views of Mount Mansfield and Camel’s Hump.

Using data from a scenic assessment completed last year, both towns have reviewed and narrowed their list of scenic protection options, both regulatory and non-regulatory.

In April and May, the planning commissions and citizens of both towns reviewed options such as scenic overlay districts, updated Town Plan language, updated subdivision siting standards, density bonuses, and traditional settlement patterns, and discussed which measures best fit their towns. Both towns are incorporating their findings in a Scenic Protection Manual and Town Plan, and are moving toward implementation by drafting relevant bylaws.

For more information, please visit the Essex and Jericho page of our Community Planning Partnership section.