Vanessa Farr

Town of Yarmouth, ME






Vanessa L. Farr is the Director of Planning and Development in Yarmouth and has been a practicing municipal planner for sixteen years.  Ms. Farr began her career as a transportation planner at a metropolitan planning commission, specializing in non-motorized transportation and land use planning.  For over ten years Ms. Farr has led town planning departments in both Massachusetts and Maine, a role that has included development review, design consultation, facilitation of citizen planning processes, form based coding, and public infrastructure initiatives to further local community development goals.   With Ms. Farr’s leadership, the Town of Yarmouth has adopted one of the State’s first Form-based codes, merging development regulations with architectural standards and street thoroughfare standards.  In addition to her specialized work in sprawl repair, Ms. Farr is a member of the Long Range Transportation Planning committee of the Portland Area Commuter Transportation System (PACTS), serves on the Board of Directors for the New England Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and was the recipient of the 2014 Maine Association of Planners Professional Planner of the Year award.  A native of Toronto, Canada, Ms. Farr graduated from the Faculty of Environmental Studies, School of Planning at the University of Waterloo, Canada and is an accredited member of the Congress for the New Urbanism.