Planning & Development


5/5/20 - 

In compliance with Vermont’s stay-at-home requirement Planning and Development staff are working remotely.

If you wish to speak about issuance of a Zoning Permit please contact Brenda Lamphere at or 802-295-3075.

Addressing residents' and businesses' concerns and questions remains a high priority.  Please contact us via email.  If you are unable to do that, please leave a message.

We appreciate your patience as we adapt to virtual communications.

Lori Hirshfield, Director:

Matt Osborn, Town Planner:

Jo-Ann Ells, Zoning Administrator:

Brenda Lamphere, Administrative Assistant:

Thank you.

Mission Statement

To provide efficient and professional planning and development assistance and service to the Hartford community, while preserving the history, character and uniqueness of Hartford


The Department of Planning and Development Services is responsible for the administration of local planning issues, including:
  • Downtown promotion
  • Economic development
  • Energy
  • Flood plain regulations
  • Housing
  • Long-range planning projects
  • Zoning enforcement
  • Zoning permits
The department is also responsible for overseeing tourism and the administration of state and federal grants.

Commissions & Committees

The department staffs the:
  • Community Resilience Organization of Hartford (CROH)
  • Conservation Commission
  • Design Review Committee
  • Energy Commission
  • Hartford Business Revolving Loan Fund Committee
  • Historic Preservation Commission
  • Planning Commission
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment

Partner Organizations

The department also works closely with:
  • Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Planning Commission
  • Vital Communities