Vernon Officials Want Citizen Input For New Development Plan

VERNON, CT — Vernon’s Planning and Zoning Commission wants to hear from residents,
business people and property owners as it begins updating the town’s Plan of Conservation and
Development.

The POCD is a designed to be a guide for development and land use in Vernon for the next 10 years and beyond. The plan sets policy priorities and goals for the physical, economic, environmental, and social future of the community.

“Preparing the POCD is an important step in establishing Vernon’s land use goals and priorities,” Mayor Daniel Champagne said. “Having residents, taxpayers and business owners share their views will help our community plot its future.”

The planning process involves assessing current conditions and trends in order to develop reasonable goals and strategies, and engaging the community in a dialogue on its future. A survey has been prepared to gather opinions on housing, quality of life, recreation, use of public land, access to services and amenities, and other topics of importance in Vernon.

“With the survey, we want people to think about how they want their town to be developed,” Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Roland Klee said. “Learning the opinions of residents is a very important part of this process. We want to know what our community’s priorities are, and what our residents’ ideas about Vernon’s future are. The POCD isn’t something that gets created and then put on a shelf. We use it in guiding our decisions.”

To take the survey, please click here.

“This survey is an important part of the planning process,” Vernon Town Planner George McGregor said. “The more responses we get, the clearer sense the commission will have of what the community values.”

For those who do not have access to a computer, paper copies of the survey can be found in the newsletter box at the Vernon Senior Center, 135 Bolton Road. Copies of the survey can also be mailed to people who request them by calling the Planning Department at 860-870-3667.

Completed paper copies of the survey can be dropped off at or mailed to the Planning Department, 55 West Main St. Street, Vernon, CT 06006, or emailed to [email protected]

The deadline for surveys is Nov. 1.

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