NVDA is comprised of a Board of Directors, at large members (including Legislators), and a professional staff. Each of the 55 towns and gores of Caledonia, Essex and Orleans counties may appoint two representatives for the Board.
Operating under the authority of The Vermont Planning and Development Act (24 V.S.A., Chapter 117), NVDA serves the approximate 62,500 people and over 2000 square miles of the Northeast Kingdom.
As a representative of local government, we are charged with making policy decisions at the regional level and then helping to implement those decisions within each community.
MEETINGS & MINUTES
The Board meets four times per year on the last Thursday of the month. Members of the public are invited to attend all meetings. Please refer to MEETINGS & MINUTES for more information.
CONFIRMATION OF PLANNING EFFORTS
According to statute, NVDA must consult with and confirm the planning efforts of each municipality at least twice in an eight-year period, or more frequently if the municipality requests confirmation. Confirmation makes towns eligible for benefits such as Municipal Planning Grants and Downtown and Village Center Designation.
To receive confirmation (according to statute), a municipality must:
- 1. be engaged in a continuing planning process that, within a reasonable time, will result in a plan that is consistent with statewide planning goals;
- 2. be engaged in a process to implement its municipal plan
- 3. maintain efforts to provide local funds for municipal and regional planning purposes
NVDA also has to consider if the municipality has adopted a plan that has received regional approval after appropriate notice and hearing. To see recent approvals, see our Committee Meeting Minutes and Agendas.
Confirmation is granted by the full board at a special hearing held during a quarterly board meeting. To see when your town was last confirmed, click NVDA Board Meetings & Minutes.