Lamoille County Planning Commission


Jim Marvin


Jim Marvin was a dedicated volunteer from Johnson whose unending energy and desire to learn served as a model by challenging us to improve upon our communities as a place to work and live. 

Jim was the driving force behind the development of Johnson’s town plan and proposed zoning bylaws in the 1990s.  As an LCPC Board member, he delved into land use planning with gusto, working on the Regional Plan and becoming an active member of the Vermont Council of Regional Commissions.  Based on his experiences, Jim initiated the top-ranked Master of Studies in Environmental Law program at Vermont Law School.  In 2008, this program became the Master of Environmental Law and Policy.  Not just for lawyers, the program gives students a comprehensive knowledge of the policies and laws shaping the solutions to critical issues facing the world today. 

 In 1992, Lamoille County Planning Commission chose to honor Jim’s incredible dedication, hard work, and contribution to the field of land use planning at the local, regional, and state level by naming its annual award the “Jim Marvin Award”.

LCPC gives out two awards annually, one for Excellence in Project Design, and one for Community Service. If you would like to nominate a person or project for either award, the nomination criteria are available HERE, and the nomination forms are available below:

Excellence in Project Design

Excellence in Community Service

 A list of previous recipients can be downloaded HERE.

 The deadline for receipt of Nominations is 4:00 pm Friday, May 13, 2023.

This year's Marvin Awards will be presented in conjunction with LCPC's Annual Meeting on June 11, 2024 and will be held at the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville.