Planning Commission

The seven members of the Planning Commission are appointed by the Village Trustees. The commission meets monthly to review development applications, update the Land Development Code and assist in the update of the Comprehensive Plan.

In accordance with the Village of Essex Junction Charter: There shall be a Village Planning Commission appointed by the Trustees for terms of three years from among the qualified voters of the Village. Members of the commission shall hold no other Village office. The planning commission shall; (1) make recommendations to the Village Trustees on all matters affecting the physical development of the Village, (2) review subdivision applications, (3) review site plan applications, (4) recommend master plan amendments to the Trustees, (5) recommend zoning ordinance amendments to the Trustees, and (6) exercise all other responsibilities as may be provided by law.

The Village welcomes your questions, concerns and suggestions.  Please feel free to contact the Community Development Department at the email or phone number listed on this page.

Please be aware that Planning Commission members are not permitted to respond to emails that relate to an existing or proposed development application that has or may come before the Planning Commission outside of a warned Planning Commission meeting or hearing.  If you send an email to the Planning Commission, it is most likely you will receive a response from Community Development Dept. staff.  This is because there are laws that prevent appointed officials from conducting business outside of a public meeting.

If you wish to discuss a concern with the Planning Commission, the best way to do this is to come to a Planning Commission meeting when an agenda item relates to your concern, or if your concern is not on the agenda, you can attend a Planning Commission meeting and address the Commission at the beginning of the meeting in the Audience for Visitors portion where items not on the agenda can be discussed by the Commission.

Items on the Planning Commission agenda generally relate to planning applications.  In line with state law, the Village Land Development Code and Municipal Plan are updated every five years and these meetings, often referred to as work sessions, are open to the public at all times.  Call the Community Development Department at 878-6950 and speak to either Robin Pierce or Terry Hass if you wish to register a concern or get information on development applications within the Village.

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Commission Members and Contact Information

John Alden, Chair

Steven Shaw, Vice Chair

Diane Clemens

Andrew Boutin

Patrick Scheld

Philip Batalion

Email:  pc@   Emails to this address will be distributed anonymously in hard copy to all members of the Commission.

Robin Pierce, Staff Representative -  802-878-6950, robin@