Housing Commission


  • 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month
  • Town Offices
    81 Main Street
    Downstairs Conference Room
    Essex Junction, VT 05452
  • From a computer or mobile device, use the meeting link and choose the option for your web browser (Chrome recommended) or the Teams app (download from Microsoft). For general instructions on using Teams, see this document.
  • Call in with a phone to 802-377-3784 and use the conference ID 120 122 951#.
  • Public wifi is available at the Essex municipal offices, libraries, and at hotspots mapped by the VT Public Service Dept.

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Agendas and Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Draft minutes are available after the meetings, and full minutes are available after approval.

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The mission of the Joint Essex and Essex Junction Housing Commission is to help ensure that any resident (or aspiring resident) of Essex has access to a home that:

  • Is affordable (generally no more than 30% of household income is spent on housing);
  • Is a desirable type and size for their household;
  • Is located with easy access to basic needs (jobs, schools, food, health care, and cultural experiences) via walking, biking, or public transit;
  • Is of sufficient quality to ensure the health, safety, and enjoyment of its residents;
  • Meets residents’ special needs, including senior care, ADA-accessibility, recovery housing, and housing for people who are homeless, etc.; and
  • Is made available regardless of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, pregnancy, disability, or status of citizenship, family, and military service


The Commission advises the Selectboard, Board of Trustees, Planning Commissions, and other municipal boards and committees on the housing needs of the community, including review and consultation of policy and zoning changes related to housing.

The Commission maintains and analyzes the community’s demographic and housing stock information and provides periodic updates on housing issues to elected officials.

The Commission also works to educate the public on housing topics and develops partnerships with developers, non-profits, state agencies, and social service organizations to advance the community’s housing goals.

Commission Membership

The Commission is composed of up to seven members jointly appointed by the Selectboard and Trustees. Each member shall serve a staggered three-year term with no term limit. Four of the members shall be residents; for the remaining members, residency is preferred but not required. 

In appointing Commission members, the Selectboard and Trustees should select members who represent a variety of relevant interests and backgrounds, including but not limited to: for-profit and non-profit housing developers; housing authorities and agencies; social services organizations; representatives of area businesses; and at-large members of the community.

The Commission receives staff support from the Town and Village Community Development Departments and other departments as needed.

To contact the full Housing Commission, e-mail housing.commission@essex.org, or call the Community Development Department at (802) 878-1343. The list of members (and contact information, if provided) includes:

Katie Ballard, Chair, (802) 324-7931
Gabrielle Smith, Vice Chair
Mia Watson, Clerk
Mark Redmond
Emily Taylor
Michelle Teegarden