Official Map

Description: The official map is a powerful tool available to Vermont municipalities to control community design by identifying the locations of future public facilities. Based on the official map, a municipality has the authority to require the reservation of easements or land sufficient to accomplish an intended public purpose, such as completion of a road connection or creation of a park, and if necessary to have time to initiate condemnation (eminent domain) proceedings to take the affected property if an agreement cannot be reached. The most common use, however, is in the development review process where the map can be used to inform applicants of the proposed locations of public roads, trails, and other corridors going through the property to be developed and requires that the development be designed to accommodate them. This chapter of the Implementation Manual outlines how municipalities can adopt and use an Official Map under Vermont law.

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Vermont Land Use and Education Collaborative

Date: 2007
Format: Website

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