Town Plan (2016)

The Essex Town Plan (PDF) is a visionary document that sets a direction for the community’s future. The plan touches on many aspects of the community, including:

  • Economy
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Land use and development
  • Parks and recreation

Goals and objectives contained in the Town Plan provide a work plan for local government and grassroots initiatives, and the plan can be used to pursue grant opportunities. The Town Plan also provides a framework for regulatory documents like the Zoning Regulations and Subdivision Regulations.

Plan Adoption & Creation

Essex voters adopted the Town Plan at Town Meeting in March 2016. The Plan was written as a concise, readable document with action items that can be accomplished in the near future. For comparison, the 2011 Town Plan contained nearly 200 pages and featured hundreds of goals and objectives.


The 2016 Essex Town Plan won Plan of the Year awards from the Vermont Planners Association and the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association.


View maps related to the Town Plan.