Planning & Development

Current Projects

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:

  • Building and Zoning Permits
  • Capital Improvement Planning and Implementation (CIP)
  • Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Economic Development
  • Energy
  • Flood plain regulations
  • Hazard Mitigation Planning
  • Historic Preservation
  • Housing
  • Long-range planning projects
  • Marketing and Tourism
  • Resilience
  • Site Development Plan Review
  • Transportation Planning
  • White River Junction Tax Increment Financing District

Commissions & Committees

The Department staffs the:

  • Climate Advisory Committee
  • Community Resilience Organization of Hartford (CROH)
  • Conservation Commission
  • Design Review Committee
  • Energy Commission
  • Hartford Business Revolving Loan Fund Committee
  • Hartford Committee on Housing and Homelessness
  • Historic Preservation Commission
  • Planning Commission
  • Resilient Hartford Committee
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment

Partner Organizations

The department also works closely with:

  • Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation
  • Hartford Development Corporation
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Planning Commission
  • Upper Valley Strong
  • Vital Communities