The Rutland Regional Planning Commission was created in 1968 by its member towns in Rutland County.
Along with other regional planning commissions in Vermont, RRPC is a non-taxing political subdivision of the State of Vermont established under state statute (24 VSA §4341). In Vermont, county government is limited to sheriffs’ departments and certain courts. Filling this part of this county role, the RRPC coordinates planning and development throughout the region and provides expertise in zoning, transportation planning, emergency management, energy projects, economic development, housing, brownfield redevelopment, GIS, and mapping.
The Commission is led by an Executive Director appointed by the Board of Commissioners. The Board consists of one representative chosen by the Selectboard (or Board of Aldermen) of each member municipality. All board meetings are open to the public, and public comment is welcome at every meeting.
In October 2012, the Board of Commissioners adopted a new mission statement:
|The mission of the RRPC is to develop and implement a regional plan, to provide assistance to municipalities with the planning process and information gathering, to be a central repository of planning information and to administer regional programs while remaining consistent with our federal and state requirements.
We share many characteristics with the other eleven regional planning commissions in Vermont.
• Membership is voluntary; local financial contributions are voluntary; and local implementation of Commission recommendations is voluntary. We have no traditional local government powers such as taxation, ordinance making or eminent domain.
• We deal with a variety of public issues, such as land use, transportation, housing, economic development, and environmental quality.
• Our legal status exists through the agreement of member local governments and by virtue of specific state law - Title 24 Chapter 117 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated.
Like other commissions, the Rutland Regional Planning Commission differs from local governments in a number of ways:
• Regional policy officials are not directly elected but are appointed by the selectmen or aldermen of each community.
• We depend on contracts with our member governments as well as assistance from the state and federal governments since we have no taxing powers and no stable base of funding.
• We plan for services and the solutions to problems which cross the boundaries of our member governments; rarely do we deliver the services for which we plan. Rather, we depend on local government often acting through other regional organizations such as the Marble Valley Regional Transit District, the Rutland County Solid Waste District, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, the Rutland County Community Land Trust, the Rutland Economic Development Corporation or the Southwest Vermont Area Office on Aging - to do so.
In sum, the Rutland Regional Planning Commission promotes cooperation of local planning commissions and local legislative bodies and officials; encourages the coordinated development of the region; prepares and adopts comprehensive regional plans - including policies and strategies for the future of the Rutland Region; and performs other functions appropriate to fulfill the duties and obligations it has undertaken.