Housing Commission


  • 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 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 Zoom app (download from Zoom). For general instructions on using Zoom, see this document.
  • Call in with a phone to 1-888-788-0099 and use the Meeting ID 826 0584 5588# and the Passcode 766054
  • Public wifi is available at the Essex municipal offices, libraries, and at hotspots mapped by the VT Public Service Dept.

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Dial: +1 888-788-0099
Meeting ID: 826 0584 5588#
Passcode: 766054

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, City Council, 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 ten members with five each appointed by the Selectboard and City Council. Each member shall serve a staggered three-year term with no term limit.

In appointing Commission members, the Selectboard and City Council 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. Of each municipality’s five members, three shall be residents; for the remaining members, residency is preferred but not required.

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


To contact members of the Housing Commission, please send your inquiry to:

or by calling the Community Development Department at 802-878-1343
Mail or in person at the Town Offices, 81 Main St.

Name (Officer position)MunicipalityTerm Ending June...
Katie Ballard (Chair)Essex Jct. City2023
Gabrielle Smith (Vice Chair)Essex Jct. City
VACANTEssex Jct. City2023
Ned DalyEssex Jct. City
Ta-Tanisha ReddittaEssex Jct. City
Mark RedmondEssex Town2023
Emily Taylor (Clerk)Essex Town
VACANTEssex Town
Rupesh AsherEssex Town
Deb FlanneryEssex Town