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Posted on: October 14, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Manager’s Message of the Week (10/13)

Dawn Francis, Town Manager

Colchester Planning Commission - Be a Part of Your Local Government

The Planning Commission is seeking a new member! The commission is principally responsible for drafting the Town Plan and the Town’s land use bylaws and participates in regional planning issues. The Planning Commission works with the Director of Planning and Zoning, who staffs each meeting. The Planning Commission consists of seven volunteer members appointed by the Selectboard. The Commission tries to be as informal and comfortable as possible while keeping in mind that all meetings are recorded and public.

The Commission’s agenda is generally set by staff in consultation with the Commission, Selectboard, and Planning and Zoning staff. Topics covered include land use, building, housing and other studies to the Selectboard. The Commission solely functions as a planning body with no authority over development review projects.


  • Cognitive reasoning is required to think through a variety of policy, legal, and community impacts of any Commission decision. Familiarity with local and state land use regulations, building design, or natural resources is preferable.
  • Must be able to meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7PM at the Colchester Town Offices in the Outer Bay Conference Room for generally 1-2 hours. (Meetings may be added or rescheduled as needed.)
  • On the Friday prior to the meeting, each planning commissioner is responsible for downloading and reviewing their meeting packet that includes an agenda, staff notes, and other enclosures prepared by the Director, usually with recommendations for action. (This takes roughly 1-3 hours)
  • Must be able to interact with other commissioners, staff, and members of the community.

Recent and Upcoming Projects

  • Recently, the Commission has revised the Zoning Regulations for West Lakeshore Drive and the Official Map as well as a Town Plan amendment.
  • The Commission is currently working on revising the Subdivision Regulations.

 Interested in joining the Planning Commission? Contact Sarah Hadd, Director of Planning and Zoning, at (802) 264-5602.

 For more about the Town Manager visit or call (802) 264-5509.

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