Established June 24, 1762
Subdivision Review and Site Assessment
Charlotte, VT zoning map image The Charlotte Conservation Commission plays a key role in subdivision review for the town, as advisers to the planning commission on impacts of development to natural resources of high public value. Subdivision reviews are based on the town’s definition of Areas of High Public Value. Interpretation of the Seven Ecological Principles Related to Wildlife Conservation that are the basis for the Significant Wildlife Habitat Map may also be considered.

From the Town of Charlotte Land Use Regulations Subdivision Design Guide:

Step 1. Identify Areas of High Public Value. The applicant shall clearly identify and delineate the boundaries of all Areas of High Public Value, as defined in Section 7.2(A), from maps, orthophotos, and site investigation. Appropriate management strategies shall be identified to ensure their preservation to the extent feasible.The Charlotte Conservation Commission and other appropriate organizations should be consulted with regard to determining which management strategies are most appropriate for particular resources.
Permit applicants: Planning and development with natural resources in mind will save on upfront costs, and benefit the town with more sustainable and environmentally conscious development practices. Please review:
  • Commission procedures
  • Areas of high public value
  • The Seven Ecological Principles
  • Download the low impact development fact sheets (in the right column).
Ecologists: Use the following protocol as a tool for the assessment of potential impacts of proposed development. Fill out the checklist at the end of the protocol and submit to the town planner, along with the assessment report.








Conservation Commission Procedures:

  • An applicant shall, prior to submitting an application for subdivision approval, submit  a sketch plan (or multiple plans) of the proposed subdivision (and associated fee) at the town office.
  • The Charlotte Conservation Commission (CCC) receives notification from Planning Commission (PC) via their agenda, contact with conservation commission chair, and sketch plan packet materials in town office mailbox.
  • A site visit can accompany the sketch plan review, which the PC will indicate in their monthly agenda or otherwise. The CCC will assign one or more commissioners to attend the site visit and sketch plan review meeting with PC.
  • The conservation commissioner will assess a proposal, and write a narrative that includes relevant maps and/or other information. The assessment is usually presented to the PC prior to or at the Sketch Plan meeting.

Charlotte Areas of High Public Value

  1. Land in active agricultural use.
  2. Primary (prime & statewide) agricultural soils.
  3. Steep slopes (equal to or in excess of 15%).
  4. Flood hazard areas.
  5. Surface waters, wetlands and associated setback and buffer areas.
  6. Shoreland setback and buffer areas.
  7. Special natural areas.
  8. Wildlife habitat.
  9. Water supply source protection areas (SPAs).
  10. Historic districts, sites and structures
  11. Scenic views and vistas.
  12. Conserved land on adjacent parcels.

Seven Ecological Principles Relevant to Wildlife Habitat and Its Conservation

  1. Maintain large, intact patches of native vegetation.
  2. Protect habitats that are key to the distribution and abundance of priority species (identified in the State of Vermont’s 2006 Wildlife Action Plan as being of greatest concern).
  3. Protect exemplary natural communities and aquatic features.
  4. Maintain connections among wildlife habitats for movement and gene flow.
  5. Maintain significant ecological processes (such as wetlands and floodplains recharging groundwater and filtering surface water).
  6. Contribute to regional persistence of rare species by protecting their habitat locally.
  7. Ensure that the full range of native biological diversity is maintained by protecting a representation of all ecosystems found in Charlotte and the greater Champlain Valley.
HOME | Meeting Calendar and Agendas | Town Contacts | Town Clerk | Selectboard | Planning, Zoning & Wastewater Permitting | Senior Center | Recreation | Charlotte Library | Listers | Board of Auditors | Town Committees | Tree Warden | Cemetery Commission | Ordinances/Policies | Maps and Trails of the Town | Conservation Commission | Charlotte Volunteer Fire & Rescue Services | Town & Community Organizations | Regional & Statewide Organizations | State of Vermont | Site Map