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MPG Project Highlights

Fiscal Year Municipal NameProject TypeProject Description
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2018 Barre City Infrastructure or Capital Improvement Planning
This next phase of the project will assist in developing the environmental site characterization and preparation of a Corrective Action Plan to move forward the implementation of the second phase of the City's Merchant's Row Redevelopment Project....
$12,862.00 $11,241.00 $1,621.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget A purely technical soil assessment to evaluate how to approach a Corrective Action Plan for contaminated soils before the city invests in a plan to improve the Merchants Row parking lot area that serves Barre's Downtown.
2018 Chester Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw
This project will include a complete rewrite of the existing Unified Development Bylaws to bring them into compatibility with the new Village Center Master Plan and newly drafted Town Plan....
$26,000.00 $20,000.00 $6,000.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Overhaul of the land use regulations addresses village character and other issues. Attracted significant engagement from community and produce well-structured use and dimensional tables.
2018 East Montpelier Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw
The Planning Commission will hire expert assistance (consultant or RPC) to help update the town’s zoning bylaws. Draft amendments will be developed to implement the Village Master Plan and update zoning in the rest of the town....
$25,873.00 $19,916.00 $5,957.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Overhaul of zoning regs to implement village master plan and other town plan goals. Extensive public input. Working to complete with an FY19 MPG.
2018 Fair Haven Infrastructure or Capital Improvement Planning
The Town of Fair Haven will hire a consultant to plan downtown streetscape improvement projects, including: street lighting, sidewalk replacement, signage, parking patterns, traffic calming projects as well as downtown beautification projects. ...
$19,980.00 $15,987.00 $3,993.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Streetscape Improvement Plan for downtown proposed improvements to beautify and improve pedestrian safety and use of downtown while supporting businesses. Grant has helped town obtain a AARP funding for a pop up park.
2018 Fairfield Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw
The Fairfield Subdivision and Zoning Bylaw will be significantly revised. Through extensive public input, Fairfield will devise regulations that will promote housing and promote compact, walkable development within its villages. ...
$16,000.00 $13,334.00 $2,666.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Process began with an analysis of village character, forming the basis for village bylaw updates with appropriate dimensional requirements. Public meeting to discuss zoning changes used real-time polling to determine approach public supports.
2018 Fairlee Infrastructure or Capital Improvement Planning
Our goals are to establish a database of capital assets that includes each assets maintenance and replacement cycles; identify our capital investment needs; and establishes a prioritized list to be incorporated into the 2019 Town Plan revision. ...
$6,800.00 $6,800.00 $0.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Simple but effective small town plan to anticipate captital costs and income using 4 categories projecting out 10 years. Town used this info to create the needed reserve funds and to consolidate previous appropriations.
2018 Ludlow Municipal Plan
This project to update Ludlow's Municipal Plan involves re-writing and re-organizing the entire document to make it easier to read, to better promote village revitalization, and to address findings from the recent SWCRPC review....
$12,540.00 $11,027.00 $1,513.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Complete overhaul of town plan making it more concise and focussed on implementation.
2018 Lyndon Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw
Lyndon will use grant funds to update local zoning bylaws to protect the working landscapes of its rural areas while encouraging compact, commercial development within and adjacent to the Village that enhances Lyndon's small town character....
$8,481.00 $8,321.00 $160.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Analysis of existing commercial buildings and site design for the village and primary gateways. This is a precursor to a design guidelines report and bylaws.
2018 Poultney Planning for Desigated Area
Poultney will hire a consultant to develop a downtown economic assessment plan. This plan will include an engaging outreach component, will include a retail leak analysis, and will include suggested tactics for bolstering the downtown economy....
$8,000.00 $8,000.00 $0.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Useful study conducted just as Green Mountain College closed so study was able to address the impact provide a forum for action.
2018 St. Johnsbury Planning for Desigated Area
St. Johnsbury will hire a consultant to assist with the planning efforts required for creating a TIF District. Efforts will include; identifying development projects, defining the parameters of the district, and cost estimates for public investment....
$22,725.00 $17,817.00 $4,908.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Project determined that a Tax Increment Finance (TIF) district was a viable tool for helping with revitalization of downtown St. Johnsbury.
2018 Vernon Master Plan
Vernon will explore the details of revitalizing a newly designated Village Center with the primary focus of attracting small business and increased residential development to the area....
$25,744.00 $19,830.00 $5,914.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget In response to the closing of Vermont Yankee, a major employer in the area, an following a VCRD Community Visit, Vernon produce a village center master plan for increased housing and business in the settlement adjacent to the plant.
2018 Winooski Municipal Plan
MPG funds will be used to hire a consultant to support a comprehensive master planning process for a substantial rewrite of our municipal plan. The consultant will provide support in facilitation, research, data collection, and mapping for the plan. ...
$26,000.00 $20,000.00 $6,000.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Winooski's municipal plan is succinct and visually rich. While meeting statewide goals, it is organized around the city's strategic planning goals.
2017 Barnet Infrastructure or Capital Improvement Planning

The Town of Barnet will procure architectural, engineering, and historic preservation services to develop a plan and budget for locating the town offices to the McIndoe Falls Academy.


$26,000.00 $20,000.00 $6,000.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Plan for restoration and reuse of the historic Academy Building at McIndoe Falls
2017 Bennington Infrastructure or Capital Improvement Planning
The project is a transportation infrastructure study that will focus on barriers to walking and bicycling in an area within Bennington’s Designated Growth Center. The study will identify problems and recommend short and long term solutions. 
$8,000.00 $8,000.00 $0.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Conceptual study with solutions shown graphically, of how to improve bicycle and pedestrian connections along a key cooridor connecting two parts of the town
2017 Berkshire Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw
Update bylaw to conform with Town Plan, including analysis and public outreach meeting planning goals for agricultural and forest land protection and encouraging compact mixed use development in the village districts.
$14,067.00 $12,045.00 $2,022.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Rural town zoning update process involved a build-out process that may be of interest to other small towns.
2017 Bradford Planning for Desigated Area
The project will provide planning guidance and public education through a build-out study for the designated Village Center and Lower Plain Commercial District (LPC) as well as carrying capacity of both areas.
$26,000.00 $20,000.00 $6,000.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Study to determine economic development opportunities and landuse policy changes in and around the village needed to support those opportunities.
2017 Cabot Planning for Desigated Area
The Town of Cabot will evaluate the constraints and opportunities for Cabot’s Designated Village Center and create a detailed economic development plan to help revitalize the village and reestablish it as the economic and civic hub of the community.
$25,989.00 $19,993.00 $5,996.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Recommendations for revitalizing and increasing economic activity in a village that was losing key businesses.
2017 Concord Economic Development Planning
Grant funds will improve the connections with the Kingdom Trails biking network to give visitors at the Burke Mountain Resort more opportunities to visit Concord village businesses. 
$7,090.27 $6,930.00 $160.27 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Step by step workplan for forming a local non-profit devoted to improving outdoor recreational opportunities.
2017 Cornwall Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw
Cornwall will obtain expert assistance to update our zoning and subdivision regulations so that they resonate with our most current Town Plan policies. Our project goal is to have an up- to-date, unified document. 
$18,680.00 $15,120.00 $3,560.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Unified development regulations that overhaul the bylaws and implement the plan for a rural community.
2017 Hardwick Planning for Desigated Area
Determine infrastructure needs for future growth of businesses; conduct a feasibility study for shared commercial space, makers' space and fulfillment and distribution space for local businesses.
$20,000.00 $16,000.00 $4,000.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Determined the feasiblity of a local business incubator for farm and forest products and conducted a preliminary site evaluation, resulting in a phased approach that at full build out is targetted to add $500,000 to the local economy every year
2017 Highgate Infrastructure or Capital Improvement Planning
The town will hire experts to help it explore options to renovate, expand or construct a new library and community center in the village.
$13,357.85 $11,589.76 $1,768.90 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Concept Studies for library/community center expansion. Effective community engagement.
2017 Irasburg Municipal Plan
Irasburg is developing its first town plan. The planning commission will require significant professional support to develop the best possible town plan that meets state planning goals, new planning requirements of Act 174, and community needs. 
$10,150.00 $8,000.00 $2,150.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget First town plan for Irasburg, strong public participation and emphasis on enhanced energy plan.
2017 Jamaica Municipal Plan
Town hires consultant to assist with required update of the Jamaica Town Plan, i.e. missing element #12, flood resiliency, and revitalization of the historic village centers of Jamaica and Rawsonville, and village infrastructure improvements.
$8,000.00 $8,000.00 $0.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Plan adopted November 2017
2017 Jeffersonville Special Projects for Designated Areas
The Village will update its Flood Hazard Regulations in light of experience and current best practice.
$8,000.00 $8,000.00 $0.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Updated Flood Hazard Regulations for the village to clarify issues like fill vs. grading, prexisting structures, etc. Simple illustrations added to help convey concepts.
2017 Manchester Planning for Desigated Area
Manchester will hire a consultant to conduct a charrette and create a physical master plan for downtown, including our designated village center, that integrates prior planning and illustrates an inspirational, shared community vision for the future.
$25,000.00 $19,333.00 $5,667.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Plan for the downtown, focussed on designs alternatives for specific sites, broad improvements, and concensus on overall goals.
2017 Peacham Municipal Plan
The Town of Peacham will obtain expert assistance to develop its town plan and conduct a robust and inclusive community outreach program, designed to maximize the number of engaged residents, local businesses and organizations in this process.
$6,465.00 $6,465.00 $0.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Good survey and community outreach benefitted from work with a VCRD Community Visit.
2017 Ryegate Municipal Plan
The Town of Ryegate is seeking grant funds to hire NVDA to update the municipal plan to address weaknesses and opportunities identified in the 2013 consultation, as well as new statutory requirements.
$7,160.00 $7,160.00 $0.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget  
2017 St. Albans City Master Plan
The purpose of this project is to engage in an inclusive process that involves multiple stakeholders in short-term and long-term visioning for beloved Taylor Park in Downtown St. Albans and to produce visuals and a plan for needed improvements.
$26,000.00 $20,000.00 $6,000.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Study to determine long-term improvements for the park that serves as downtown St. Albans' green.
2017 Starksboro Municipal Plan
Updates and amendment to Starksboro's expired Town Plan will focus on statutory updates including flood resiliency and all hazards mitigation, renewable energy siting standards, map and data updates. Completion anticipated to be fall of 2017.
$9,100.00 $8,733.00 $367.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Well-organized rural town plan.
2017 Waterbury Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw
A consultant will be hired to assist with re-writing certain Articles in the Waterbury Zoning Regulations, The project will include a public opinion survey and public meetings.  The product will be draft amendments to the bylaws including the maps.
$20,000.00 $16,000.00 $4,000.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Comprehensive update of land use regulations, addressing zoning districts, administrative and DRB review processes, sign regulations and rural/urban development.
2017 Waterbury Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw
A consultant will be hired to assist with re-writing certain Articles in the Waterbury Zoning Regulations, The project will include a public opinion survey and public meetings.  The product will be draft amendments to the bylaws including the maps.
$20,000.00 $16,000.00 $4,000.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Comprehensive update of land use regulations, addressing zoning districts, administrative and DRB review processes, sign regulations and rural/urban development.
2017 Waterford Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw
The  project will undertake the focused analysis and public outreach necessary to achieve publicly supported zoning changes that will promote the Town's goals for land use, housing, and flood resiliency, as articulated in the 2016 Town Plan.
$7,180.00 $7,180.00 $0.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Rural zoning update accompanied by an effective public outreach - survey and info/feedback sessions.
2017 Windsor Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw
Windsor will obtain expert assistance to facilitate a public planning process and develop updates to the zoning bylaws to promote compact, walkable development and to address conflicts with the 2014 Town Plan.
$9,000.00 $8,667.00 $333.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Bylaw improvements for downtown to support existing pattern of development.
2017 Wolcott Municipal Plan
The Town will hire Lamoille County PC  to assist with the update of Wolcott’s Town Plan. Wolcott will also utilize a flood model developed for Lamoille River to create alternatives for reducing flood impacts in critical areas of the Town.
$13,000.00 $11,333.00 $1,667.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Town plan amendments with adding clear implementation actions and referencing Flood Mitigation Alternatives Evaluation also funded through this grant.
2016 Bakersfield Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw
Update the current bylaw to complete the following tasks: ensure compliance with recent changes to state statute, ensure compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program requirements; and consider adoption of River Corridors as mapped.
$7,930.00 $7,930.00 $0.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget This bylaw overhaul includes well-organized charts and updates the dimensional and density requirements for the village and rural areas.
2016 Bennington Trail Mapping
Develop web-based and print trail map of hiking and biking trails in Bennington for broad distribution online and in print, establish ongoing relationship with property owners, and develop trail improvement and extension recommendations.
$7,749.00 $7,749.00 $0.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Broad public engagement resulted in an online trail map - a useful recreational and economic development tool.
2016 Bolton Municipal Plan
Develop a concise, user-friendly town plan using DHCD’s new planning manual. A community profile and community-defined priorities will be used to establish clear goals, policies and actions. The plan will be formatted for print/web publication.
$26,000.00 $20,000.00 $6,000.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Bolton applied the processes recommended in the Planning Manual to actively engage citizens in creating a new town plan.
2016 Brighton Infrastructure or Capital Improvement Planning
Brighton seeks to retain architect Black River Design (BRD) to continue planning for Phase II of renovations to the Town Hall. BRD would develop options for placement of the stage, incorporating an elevator and using the now-vacant third floor.
$13,707.00 $11,805.00 $1,902.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Town made progress towards addressing access and reuse of a prominent 3-story historic building in the village.
2016 Canaan Municipal Plan
The Town will hire a consultant to update the Plan to ensure that it conforms to current state laws and regulations, to organize the document to be more user-friendly, to update maps and references, and to incorporate needed updates.
$7,948.00 $7,948.00 $0.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Canaan's new town plan identifies village revitalization as an economic development approach.
2016 Duxbury Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw
Hire a consultant to review Duxbury’s town plan and zoning bylaws, evaluate whether the bylaws align with the plan's provisions, and provide specific recommendations for needed zoning changes so the bylaws conform to the plan.
$16,000.00 $13,333.00 $2,667.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Duxbury's bylaw update involved measuring the actual and proposed dimensional requirements for the village to determine what works.
2016 East Montpelier Planning for Desigated Area
We will develop a Master Plan for East Montpelier Village. The plan will: allow us to develop village zoning for the Designated Village Center and surrounding neighborhoods; and, guide us in making capital investments in the village zoning district.
$22,435.00 $17,623.00 $4,812.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget The village master planning project included a successful public outreach component that involved school children and set the town up for zoning changes in and outside the village.
2016 Enosburg Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw
The goal with a public involvement program is to revise the Village Land Use Regulations to promote business development, encourage responsible community growth and incorporate contemporary issues such as clean energy and flood resiliency measures.
$7,995.00 $7,995.00 $0.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Bylaw update addresses river corridor protection and updates village uses and requirements.
2016 Fairfax Planning for Desigated Area
Build on earlier studies to envision, evaluate, & prioritize possible projects to modify the gateways to the Fairfax Village Center and identify options for cost effective traffic-calming enhancements.
$12,505.00 $11,003.00 $1,502.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Used drones and other means to engage community in addressing village gateways, traffic calming and placemaking.
2016 Fairlee Planning for Desigated Area
The project will provide planning guidance and public education through a build-out study of the proposed Unified Development Bylaw for the designated Village Center. It will also initiate a sustainable carrying capacity of that area.
$10,400.00 $9,600.00 $800.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Created a build-out method to determine if existing zoning regulations constrained village growth. While it was found to limit the form of development, lack of sewage treatment facilities were found to be a much greater constraint.
2016 Greensboro Municipal Plan
Hire NVDA personnel to coordinate public outreach for a comprehensive community assessment which will serve as the foundation of the 2018 Greensboro Town Plan update.  Focus in this assessment will be on the housing, energy, and land use elements.
$7,872.00 $7,872.00 $0.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Produced a town plan survey that is useful for towns where a majority of residents are seasonal. Partnership with UVM Geography Department resulted in student study of housing and commuting that may be relevant to other rural towns.
2016 Groton Municipal Plan
The Town of Groton will hire assistance to help them develop a new town plan to replace the expired 2009 plan.
$7,629.00 $7,629.00 $0.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Notable survey and format for inplementation strategies. Plan identifies need for wastewater solutions in the village.
2016 Hancock Infrastructure or Capital Improvement Planning
This project will provide a draft 5-year capital improvement plan for the town, consistent with the town plan, and with public input.
$7,950.00 $7,950.00 $0.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Example of a small town Capital Budget and Program that focusses on managing the expenses for public building maintenance.
2016 Hartford Planning for Desigated Area
Hire a consultant to conduct a parking management study for Downtown White River Jct. (DWRJ) that includes a Transportation Demand Manage. component. The project will help ensure continued revitalization of DWRJ while avoiding a parking shortage.
$26,000.00 $20,000.00 $6,000.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Study resulted in analysis and dowtown parking solutions.
2016 Holland Municipal Plan
Grant funding will cover: inventory and mapping for review and analysis by the PC & Town in preparation of a new draft plan; final mapping including a revised use map/plan, development constraints and flood resilience map/plan; printing costs/notices.
$2,810.00 $2,810.00 $0.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget The updated town plan effectively addresses issues that a small town can influence.
2016 Hubbardton Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw
The Town of Hubbardton will hire a consultant to: 1. revise the Municipal Plan so that it includes a Flood Resiliency chapter and energy siting standards.   2. Revise the zoning regulations so that they incorporate the 2004 Legislative updates.
$10,985.00 $9,990.00 $995.00 Link to Grant Products Link to Application Workplan and Budget Town plan process used as a way to build community in rural town. Used door to door invitations as way to bring people together to discuss common issues and form a vision.