The Planning Department coordinates all municipal functions and responsibilities related to land use, environmental protection and economic development as required by local and state laws. The department provides technical and advisory assistance to the Town Council, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Review and other advisory boards and commissions as needed. The department also coordinates and supports various land use functions with other town departments such as Public Works, Building, and Zoning, along with other local organizations and state agencies.

Planning Board

The Planning Board is a seven-member public body that reviews land development proposals and helps the Town Council determine land use policy. The seven members of the Planning Board are Richmond residents from a wide variety of professional backgrounds who volunteer their time. They are appointed by the Town Council to three-year terms. For more information about the Planning Board, please visit this link. 

Applicants wishing to file an application to appear before the Planning Board are strongly encouraged to schedule a pre-submission conference with the Town Planner. 

Community Resources:

A Citizens’ Guide to the Land Development Process
A Citizens' Guide to Public Hearings before the Planning Board
Spreadsheet of current and previous development projects (Updated periodically)
Zoning Ordinance
Land Development and Subdivision Regulations
Shannock Design Guidelines
2021 Comprehensive Community Plan

Planning Department Fee Schedule

Planning Forms:

Application form for Land Development or Subdivision Approval
Owner's Authorization form
Application Notification List

Application form for Development Plan Review
Application form for a Comprehensive Permit
Application for an Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance
Application for an Amendment to the Comprehensive Community Plan