Northwestern Vermont’s greatest assets are its healthy, clean environment; its mix of farms, forests, village and urban centers; and its strong employment base. Combined, these assets make the region a great place to live, work and raise a family. NRPC’s regional planning program builds upon these assets through adoption and implementation of a regional plan. 


The region’s citizens have a strong tradition of local planning and community development. Communities consider the needs of adjoining neighborhoods and the region as a whole, and they work together to ensure long-term economic, social, and environmental factors are balanced in the planning and decision-making process. This balance will ensure the region’s continued growth and well-being by promoting a healthy and sustainable quality of life.


The Northwest Regional Plan addresses the economic, social and environmental factors that influence and sustain growth and development in the region. The plan was prepared under the direction of the NRPC’s Board of Commissioners with significant input and guidance from residents, communities and partner organizations.


The NRPC is legally mandated to prepare a regional plan pursuant to Title 24, Chapter 117, of the Vermont Statutes Annotated, commonly referred to as the Vermont Municipal and Regional Planning and Development Act.

How are we doing?

NRPC regularly reviews our progress on the implementation priorities included in the regional plan. We have made progress on nearly all of our priorities in the first year since the plan was adopted. See the report on implementation of the regional plan here.

NRPC Regional Plan
NRPC Indicators

NRPC has developed an indicator report and trends to measure the region’s success and overall well-being. See below.