State Planning Grants support 42 local communities plan for future growth and development
Governor Peter Shumlin announced the recipients of approximately $450,000 in Municipal Planning Grants that will assist 42 local communities plan for future growth and development, revitalize cities and towns, and help protect communities from future floods.
“A series of planning grants helped Barre’s leaders and residents see their vacant and underused properties and brownfields as development opportunities,” said Governor Shumlin. “The program helped the community work together to create the conditions needed to spur private investment and create more jobs in their downtown.”
Noelle MacKay, Commissioner of the Department of Housing and Community Development added, “Jobs, businesses, transportation options, and affordable places to live are dependent on proactive, community driven local plans and land use polices. The MPG program helps communities develop the necessary planning and implementation tools – and makes it easier for families, communities and entire regions to thrive.”
The planning grants support a range of locally identified initiatives to improve the living and working environments and promote efficient growth and development. The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) selected projects from a pool of 63 communities requesting over $733,000.
Some of this year’s project highlights include funding to support community studies and forums to improve the economic vitality of downtowns and villages ranging from an examination of retail needs in Middlebury, assessing housing needs in St. Albans City, creating new wastewater treatment options in Waitsfield village, to making bike and pedestrian connections in Bennington. Among the many communities exploring ways to minimize future risks and costs from floods are Jeffersonville, Ludlow and Halifax.
Since 1998, the Municipal Planning Grant program has provided over $9.5 million to cities and towns across Vermont. A summary of all the FY 2013 grant awards with local and regional contact information follows. Learn more at: http://accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/opportunities/funding/overview/municipal_planning_grants.
Media Contact: Noelle MacKay, Commissioner; Department of Housing and Community Development;(802) 828-3080, Noelle.MacKay@state.vt.us