State Announces $409,532 in Municipal Planning Grants, 42 Municipalities Will Share Funding for Planning Projects
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State Announces $409,532 in Municipal Planning Grants, 42 Municipalities Will Share Funding for Planning Projects

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December 29, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Planning Grants to 42 communities across the state to help them plan for a variety of forward thinking objectives including economic development, village revitalization and future housing needs. These grants of up to $15,000 cover a variety of planning initiatives and projects.

Funded projects include village planning in Peru, Hinesburg and Fairfax, innovative form-based plans and bylaws in St. Albans, Burlington and Newport, a housing assessment in Rutland, public works and capital planning in Cavendish, standards for highway commercial development in Waltham and New Haven, and an economic development plan in Bennington that will involve all the key businesses and organizations. Municipalities have 18 months to complete their planning projects.

“These grants support planning activities that are at the heart of Vermont’s broad community development strategy,” said Noelle Mackay, commissioner of the Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development. “Our investments will help promote economic activity and appropriate development in our downtowns and village centers, while protecting Vermont’s working landscape.”

“Many of these grants will support towns and cities around the state in planning for economic development,” added Mackay. “Incorporating an economic development element with other land use elements, such as housing and infrastructure, is now a requirement of municipal plans.” She said a number of flood affected towns such as Waterbury, Rochester and Wilmington will receive funds to address long-term planning needs.

The Municipal and Regional Planning Fund was first established in 1988 as a way to support municipal planning and development. The program offers grants of up to $15,000 through a competitive process. Municipalities were funded to support updating town plans, zoning bylaws and planning for necessary public infrastructure related to downtown and village revitalization.

Please visit the State of Vermont Municipal Planning Grant website for more information.

Municipality Project Cost MPG Funds Matching Funds Brief Description

Town of Bakersfield $7,810 $7,810 $0 Infrastructure Planning

City of Barre $18,500 $15,000 $3,500 Municipal Plan Update

Town of Bennington $18,500 $15,000 $3,500 Strategic Economic Development Plan

Town of Burke $14,695 $12,463 $2,232 GIS Mapping for Planning

City of Burlington $18,500 $15,000 $3,500 Zoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw

Town of Cavendish $7,980 $7,980 $0 Infrastructure Planning

Town of Chelsea $7,872 $7,872 $0 Municipal Plan Update

Town of Danville $8,000 $8,000 $0 Draft Planning Regulation and Zoning Bylaws

Town of Elmore $7,330 $7,330 $0 Municipal Plan Update

Town of Fairfax $16,525 $13,683 $2,842 Municipal Plan Update

Town of Georgia $14,885 $12,590 $2,295 Zoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update

Town of Hardwick $10,025 $9,350 $675 Zoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update

Town of Hinesburg $18,500 $15,000 $3,500 Infrastructure Planning

Village of Johnson $3,080 $3,080 $0 Municipal Plan Update

Town of Ludlow $10,980 $10,980 $0 Zoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update

Town of Monkton $7,875 $7,875 $0 Municipal Plan Update

City of Montpelier $18,500 $15,000 $3,500 Municipal Plan Update

Town of Mount Holly $12,500 $11,000 $1,500 Municipal Center Neighborhood Plan

Town of New Haven $10,960 $9,973 $987 Zoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update

City of Newport $18,498 $14,999 $3,499 Municipal Plan Update

Village of North Bennington $4,300 $4,300 $0 Zoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update

Town of Pawlet $8,000 $8,000 $0 Zoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw

Town of Peru $8,000 $8,000 $0 Growth Center Plan

Town of Pomfret $7,500 $7,500 $0 Zoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update

Town of Rochester $12,166 $10,777 $1,389 Municipal Plan Update

Town of Rockingham $17,460 $14,307 $3,153 Municipal Plan Implementation

City of Rutland $15,765 $13,177 $2,588 Housing Assessment

City of St. Albans $18,500 $15,000 $3,500 Zoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update

Town of St. Johnsbury $18,500 $15,000 $3,500 Zoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update

Town of Stockbridge $7,626 $7,626 $0 Municipal Plan Update

Town of Sutton $12,404 $10,936 $1,468 Municipal Plan Update

Town of Underhill $8,230 $8,153 $77 District Rezoning Project

Town of Waltham $6,965 $6,965 $0 Zoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update

Town of Waterbury $12,500 $11,000 $1,500 Municipal Plan Update

Town of Wells $2,000 $2,000 $0 Municipal Plan Update

Town of West Windsor $7,140 $7,140 $0 Municipal Plan Update

Town of Westminster $8,000 $8,000 $0 Municipal Plan Update

Town of Whitingham $7,200 $7,200 $0 Zoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update

Town of Wilmington $7,500 $7,500 $0 Zoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update

Town of Windsor $7,500 $7,500 $0 Municipal Plan Update

Town of Wolcott $7,730 $7,730 $0 Municipal Plan

Town of Woodford $5,200 $5,200 $0 Zoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update

Source: Department of Economic Development

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