Welcome to the Town of Sunderland

The Town of Sunderland is located within Bennington County, in Vermont´s southwest corner.  In recent years residents and visitors have branded this beautiful region nestled between the Taconic and Green Mountains as The Shires of Vermont.  Located between Bennington, the South Shire, and Manchester, the North Shire, Sunderland is surrounded by mountains and enriched by the waters of the famous Batten Kill that runs through the valley.  Sunderland and the towns around it have historically been a popular four season destination for those seeking an authentic Vermont experience.  You’ll find canoeing, tubing, camping, mountain biking, hiking and skiing close by.  All within a 4 hour drive from New York City, Hartford, Boston, Northern New Jersey and Canada.

Latest News and Announcements:

GNAT interviewed the Safe Roads Committee and discussed the proposal they plan to bring to voters in March.  View the video here:  Safe Road Committee Interview

Here are some great tips on driving safely in winter from VTRANSWinter Driving Tips

New Zoning Administrator
The selectboard has appointed Missy Johnson as the Sunderland Zoning Administrator.  Please contact Missy with any ZA related questions.  Missy can be reached at zoningadmin@sunderlandvt.org

Closed Sunderland Landfill Tested for PFOA
The closed Sunderland Landfill (at Casella’s) was tested for PFOA.  The results showed only a very low detection of PFOA at 2 parts per trillion, well below the 20 parts per trillion groundwater enforcement standard and drinking water standard.  If you want to see the full test results they can be viewed here:  PFOA Sample Results

Want to get more involved in town government?
The Town of Sunderland is looking for local residents interested in taking an active role in their town government. While we have a very dedicated group serving in a number of roles now, we need to expand the number of residents who are involved. Being involved in the management and oversight of the town allows you to get involved and guide policy as well as ensure your fellow citizens enjoy their time in Sunderland as much as you do.

Positions with immediate openings include:
Zoning board, Planning board, Lister, Auditor, Health Officer, Election workers, as well as a position on the Cemetery board.  These positions vary greatly in regard to time commitment. Positions require only a few hours every few months.  For more information on getting involved, contact Sunderland Selectboard member John Williams at VermontJW@yahoo.com com, or at 802 375 9968.

The Northshire Merger Study Committee has created an Act 46 Informational Page to help keep the community informed. Jen Rosenthal and Nancy Wolf represent the town of Sunderland on this committee.

The Sunderland Safe Roads Final Report has been issued and split into two documents due to its large size.  If you have a slow connection it may take some time to download.
Sunderland Safe Roads Scoping Study Report – 14MB in size
Sunderland Safe Roads Scoping Study Appendices – 10MB in size

Free WiFi is available at the Sunderland Town Hall.  There is also a computer available that allows access to the internet and it can be used during normal office hours.

Front Porch Forum (local electronic forum where we post town information)  Join at http://frontporchforum.com