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Selectboard Meetings
& Town Meetings

Marriage Licenses

Civil Marriage License: $60
Certified copy: $10

Dog Licenses

Due on or before April 1:
Current rabies certificate is a must.

Dogs/Wolf Hybrids: $13
Neutered: $9

License Fees after April 1:
Dogs/Wolf Hybrids: $TBD
Neutered: $TBD

Contacts

P.O. Box 238
Rochester, VT 05767
Phone: 802-767-3631

Town Clerk/Treasurer/
Tax Collector:

Julie Smith
townclerk@
rochestervermont.org

Assistant Clerk/Treasurer
Kristen LaPell
assistanttownclerk@
rochestervermont.org

Delinquent Tax Collector:
Rebecca Klein

Highway/Road Dept:
John Champion, Road Foreman
Dana Spalding
Teddy Smith
802-767-4732

RHS Repurposing Project

RFM&E-Logo

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All homepage rotating photos:
© 2022 Jeffrey Mather
© 2022 Jerry LeBlond
Photos used on this website are not public domain and need permission for use.

Town Office Closures

Town Office Closures

 

Tuesday 3/5

Voting Day 7:00am-7:00pm

Office closed to regular business

 

Wednesday 3/6

Closed until 1:00pm

 

Thank you for your understanding!

Julie & Kristen

TOWN MEETING WARNING

Please click on the link below for the Town Meeting Warning.

 

Town Meeting Warning

Office Closures

The Town Office will be closed from December 26-January 2. We will be opening on Wednesday, January 3. See you in 2024! ~Julie & Kristen

Office Closure

The Rochester Town Office will be closed on Wednesday, December 6.

2023 Halloween Events in the Valley

Friday, October 27 & Saturday, October 28, 2023

“Dreams and Nightmares”
presented by The White River Valley Players
7:00 pm (Friday)
2:00 pm (Saturday)
Rochester School Auditorium
The production begins with music, “Songs of Dreams and Dreamers”
and ends with a zany one-act play, “The Actor’s Nightmare“ by Christopher Durang.
Tickets at the door, cash or check: Children $5, Teens and Seniors $8, Adults $10, Families $25.
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Saturday, October 28, 2023 & Sunday, October 29, 2023

Jack O’ Lantern Display
5:00pm Saturday to 2:30 pm Sunday
Hancock Town Green
Set up your Jack O’ Lantern from 4 to 5 pm Saturday.
We’ll have the display out ’til the end of the Hancock Halloween Party.
Please pick up your pumpkins between 2:30 – 3:00 on Sunday after the party.
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Sunday, October 29, 2023

Hancock Halloween Party and Trunk or Treat
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Hancock Town Hall.
Games, crafts and refreshments.
Trunk or Treat set-up will begin at noon at the Town Hall parking lot.

Stockbridge Trunk or Treat
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Stockbridge Common
Presented by Stockbridge PTO. Trophies for the most creative and scariest trunks!
Music and Fun! If you plan to set up a trunk, RSVP to stockbridgepto@gmail.com
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Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Pittsfield Trunk or Treat
5:00 – 7:00 pm
on the Pittsfield Green
Set-up begins at 4. RSVP to Jordan jrdnstevens@gmail.com

Pittsfield Halloween Book Giveaway
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Roger Clark Memorial Library

Pierce Hall Annual Community Halloween Party
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Pierce Hall, Rochester
A place of fun spooky sights and sounds for all ages. Fortune Teller on site!! Dancing!!
Pizzas, hot chocolate, ice cream and other goblin goodies. No goblin to bring?
Come anyways to enjoy the food and fun! This is a FREE event for everyone!
(PH restrooms will be open to the public during these hours too.)

Town Office Closure

The Town Office will be closed on Thursday, October 12.

The Rochester Area Housing Committee Panel Discussion

“D-I-Y” Home Creation: 

How individuals can create housing to help our community flourish

Thursday, October 19, 6:30-8pm
At the Rochester Town Office

The Rochester Area Housing Committee invites you to a panel discussion to learn how you can help create housing for our community (while adding an income stream!)

There’s a great need for housing in the White River Valley. Individual property owners can help address the housing needs in our community by utilizing programs that already exist to create or preserve housing: accessory dwelling units (“in-law apartments”), renovations, rehabilitation, and converting underutilized space into homes.

This panel will feature stories from those who have successfully become “DIY housing creators”, as well as organizations that can be of support in this process.

Questions? Contact sdanly@vitalcommunities.org. Registration is not required.

Want to learn more about what we mean by “DIY home creation” in advance of this event? check out this brochure created by the housing committee: vitalcommunities.org/rochester-area-home-creators-brochure-digital-version/ 

 

P.S. Save the date! This event will be followed up with an opportunity on December 7 for those who want to move forward to connect directly with service providers who can help. Stay tuned for further details!

Planning and Zoning Public Hearing

Rochester Planning Commission

 Notice of Public Hearing

 

On the Draft Rochester Zoning Bylaw

October 24, 2023 at 6 PM at the Rochester Town Offices

 

The Rochester Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the draft Rochester Zoning Bylaw on Tuesday, October 24th, 6 PM at the Rochester Town Offices. Community members may attend remotely using the following access information:

By computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86313540756?pwd=M2QwVE91VDdNYnc3MWl6TmJISmdnZz09

By Phone: +1 301.715.8592, Meeting ID: 863 1354 0756, Passcode: 687830

The proposed draft bylaw covers all of the lands in the Town of Rochester. The purpose of this hearing is to take comments from the public on the draft bylaw so that the Planning Commission can consider these as it makes its final revisions, prior to sending to the Selectboard. The Selectboard will hold its own hearing later. The proposed bylaw will replace the current zoning regulations in their entirety. The bylaw is meant to further the purposes of the Town Plan and 24 VSA section 4302.  Copies of the draft can be found at the Town Clerk’s office during business hours or on the town website at: http://rochestervermont.org/planning-commission/

 

General Sections of the proposed Regulations are:

  • Article 1 – Overview
  • Article 2 – General Standards for All Land Development
  • Article 3 – Zoning District Regulations
  • Article 4 – General Conditional Use Approval Standards
  • Article 5 – Special Standards
  • Article 6 – Administrative Processes
  • Article 7 – Amendments, Interpretation, and Effective Dates
  • Article 8 – Definitions
  • Appendix A – Zoning Map for the Town of Rochester

 

 

Rochester Planning Commission

Rochester Planning Commission Notice of Public Hearing

Tuesday, October 24th, 6 PM
at the Rochester Town Offices.
 
Community members may attend remotely using the following access information:
By computer:
pwd=M2QwVE91VDdNYnc3MWl6TmJISmdnZz09
 
By Phone:
+1 301.715.8592, Meeting ID: 863 1354 0756, Passcode: 687830
 
The proposed draft bylaw covers all of the lands in the Town of Rochester. The purpose of this hearing is to take comments from the public on the draft bylaw so that the Planning
Commission can consider these as it makes its final revisions, prior to sending to the Selectboard. The Selectboard will hold its own hearing later. The proposed bylaw will replace the current zoning regulations in their entirety. The bylaw is meant to further the purposes of the Town Plan and 24 VSA section 4302. Copies of the draft can be found at the Town Clerk’s office during business hours or on the town website at:
 
General Sections of the proposed Regulations are:
Article 1 – Overview
Article 2 – General Standards for All Land Development
Article 3 – Zoning District Regulations
Article 4 – General Conditional Use Approval Standards
Article 5 – Special Standards
Article 6 – Administrative Processes
Article 7 – Amendments, Interpretation, and Effective Dates
Article 8 – Definitions
Appendix A – Zoning Map for the Town of Rochester
 
Rochester Planning Commission

Rochester Cemetery Commission Agenda

AGENDA

Rochester Cemetery Commissioners

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

10:00 AM 

Town Office Conference Room 

Purpose: To Discuss and Develop a Budget for FY 25