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1st & 3rd Tuesdays – 6pm – Grand Isle Town Office & via Zoom


COMMISSIONERS

  • Emily Clark – Chair
  • Sara Griswold
  • Jennifer Morway
  • Wendy Rosica – Vice Chair
  • Carrie San Angelo

Scribe – Melissa Boutin

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GRAND ISLE TOWN PLAN PROCESS – STAY UP-TO-DATE, SHARE YOUR IDEAS, ATTEND COMMUNITY MEETINGS!

Our next Community Planning Meeting, focused on Forest Integrity and Habitat Blocks,  is coming soon!

RESCHEDULED FOR 3/12/24 – 6pm – Grand Isle School – Pizza – Join us!

Click this link to connect to the Grand Isle Town Plan 2025-2033 website, to see more info on our Town Plan process and progress – Hosted by our partners at  the Northwest Regional Planning Commission.


GI PLANNING COMMISSION NEWS

GI COMMUNITY PLANNING MEETING #3 – RESCHEDULED FOR 3/12/24

We invite you to attend our next Community Planning Meeting on Tuesday 3/12/24.  This meeting will be focused on forest integrity and habitat blocks, with staff from the Agency of Natural Resources Community Wildlife Program!

     What: Community Planning Meeting on Forest Integrity and Habitat Blocks
     When: Tuesday, March 12th at 6:00PM
     Where: Grand Isle School Cafeteria

As Grand Isle considers updates to its town plan, a new planning requirement has taken effect asking VT towns to identify forest blocks and habitat connectors. While regulation is not required, the town should understand what is most ecologically important to plan for.

In this presentation, Jens Hawkins-Hilke, a Conservation Planner with Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, will explain the concepts and maps that identify important forest blocks, wildlife habitats, wetlands and more.  Please attend to learn more about the rich natural heritage in Grand Isle.  The meeting format will be a 45 minute presentation followed by Q&A and discussion. 

Open to all!  Pizza will be served.


PC Agendas – 2024

PC Minutes – 2024

PC Agendas – 2023

PC Minutes – 2023 

PC Agendas – 2022

PC Minutes – 2022


PAST PLAN COM NEWS

12/5/23 – SELECTBOARD TO HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON 1/8/24 – RE A PROPOSED MINOR AMENDMENT TO EXISTING GRAND ISLE TOWN PLAN 

The Selectboard of the Town of Grand Isle will hold a Public Hearing on a proposed Amendment to the Grand
Isle Town Plan (as adopted 2/20/17) on 01/08/2024 at 6pm. The Selectboard invites comments at this Public
Hearing, or written comments can be submitted via email to , or mailed to or
dropped off at the GI Town Offices, 9 Hyde Rd – POB 49, Grand Isle, VT 05458. Written comments should be
submitted by noon on 01/08/2024.

In summary, the Grand Isle Planning Commission has approved (after its Public Hearing on 11/28/23) and has
submitted to the Selectboard a minor Amendment to the existing Grand Isle Town Plan to include the Town’s
intention to apply for Village Designation with the VT Agency of Commerce & Community Development
(ACCD).

To view a PDF of the draft Amended Town Plan, click here. To view a PDF of the two pages in the Town Plan that will be affected by this Amendment, click here.

10/15/23 – PLAN COM WILL NEED 2 NEW MEMBERS BEFORE THE END OF 2023!

The Grand Isle Planning Commission is seeking 2 people to serve on the board for a two-year or three year term. Mail a letter of interest to P.O. Box 49, Grand Isle, VT 05458, or email to   by 3 p.m. on November 14, 2023 or drop off at the municipal offices, 9 Hyde Road.

 

11/6/23 – WARNING FOR PLAN COM HEARING ON 11/28/23 RE PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO CURRENT TOWN PLAN (Plan adopted 2/20/17)

The Grand Isle Planning Commission proposes a minor Amendment to the existing Grand Isle Town Plan to include the Town’s intention to apply for Village Designation with the VT Agency of Commerce & Community Development (ACCD).

Please attend the Plan Com Hearing on 11/28/23 at 6pm, Grand Isle Town Offices, with the regularly scheduled Plan Com meeting to follow 5 mins after the close of Hearing – click here to see the Hearing Warning.

To view a PDF of the draft Amended Town Plan, click here. To view a PDF of the two pages in the Town Plan that will be affected by this Amendment, click here.

 

8/31/23 – TOWN PLAN SURVEY EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 15th – BE PART OF THE TOWN PLAN PROCESS – CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR ONLINE SURVEY

Or pick up a paper copy in the Town Offices. Survey is open 8/8/23-9/15/23 (extended from 8/31/23)

 

3/20/23 – GREAT NEWS: GRAND ISLE AWARDED 2023 MUNICIPAL PLANNING GRANT!

Grand Isle, VT – The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) awarded $17,820 to Grand Isle in state Municipal Planning Grant funds to develop the Grand Isle Comprehensive Plan Update 2025-2033. Grand Isle successfully competed against 48 municipalities and was one of 29 funded. 

Click here to see full press release.

 
2/1/22 – GRAND ISLE ARPA FUNDS SURVEY 2022 – SURVEY CLOSED 3/31/22
In 2021, the town of Grand Isle was awarded a two-year total of $638,500 through the Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), to aid in pandemic-related public health investments and/or economic recovery. 
In January 2022, the US Department of Treasury issued its Final Rule for APRA funds, allowing towns/cities to take a “Standard Allowance” of up to $10M, which effectively allows Grand Isle to use the town’s ARPA funds for any government services or infrastructure.
The Planning Commission and Selectboard are working with guidance from VT League of Cities & Towns (VLCT) and Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NRPC) to look for ways to extend the town’s ARPA funds, in combination with other State/Federal funds, to maximize the impact of these funds for the town of Grand Isle.
Through the APRA survey, we are hoping to begin to engage the public in setting priorities for these funds.  We also hope to use this input to inform the town’s 5-year Capital Budget Plan as well as the upcoming revision of the Town Plan in 2023.