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NEK Regional Plan

The purpose of the Regional Plan is to guide future growth and development in the Northeast Kingdom. The regional plan offers goals and strategies to foster economic development, preserve historic and cultural resources, guide traditional development patterns and address other quality of life issues in our region.

         The plan is consulted for:
             •  Guidance on regional planning efforts.
             •  Developments that are regional in scope.
             •  Act 250 and Section 248 proceedings.
             •  Grant application references.
             •  State Agency program guidance.
             •  Local level planning, transportation and economic development programs

Amendment to the 2015 Regional Plan
NVDA recently adopted an amendment to the Regional Plan to meet the enhanced planning standards of Act 174, which will make the regional plan eligible for "Substantial Deference" in the Section 248 review process. Other sections were amended to maintain consistency with the revised Energy Plan, and to reflect significant changes in the region since 2015. NVDA held two public hearings on a proposed amendment to the Regional Plan:
             •  Monday, April 16th, 6:00 pm., the 2nd floor of the Hebard Building, Newport - Minutes
             •  Thursday, April 19th, 6:00 pm, NVDA's offices, 36 Eastern Avenue, St. Johnsbury - Minutes

Comments Submitted:
             •  NRPC Comments
             •  NEKWMD Comments

The plan was adopted by the board of NVDA on Thursday, April 26th, 2018. NVDA is now requesting certification from the Department of Public Service.

A full copy of the public notice is available here. The minutes of the board meeting are available here.

NVDA requested a determination of energy compliance from the Department of Public Service, and a hearing was held at NVDA's conference room on June 12, 2018 at 6:00pm. To view a copy of the hearing notice, a transcript of the hearing, a determination letter, click here.

Plan Sections are provided below.

Table of Contents  
Volume I - Regional Goals and Strategies
Volume II - Regional Analysis  
Land Use 
Energy Appendix A | Appendix B | Appendix c
Utilities & Facilities
Historic, Cultural, & Scenic Resources  
Economic Development
Natural Resources
Flood Resilience  


         Volume III - Regional Transportation Plan for the Northeast Kingdom

         Addendum to Regional Transportation Plan

Questions or Comments? contact Dave Snedeker