38 Vermont towns will share $347,291 for planning projects

first_imgThe state has awarded nearly $350,000 in Municipal Planning Grants to thirty-eight communities across the state to help them plan for growth and development. Officials at the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development announced the Municipal Planning Grants of up to $15,000, which can be used for a variety of planning projects. These grants support the planning activities that are at the heart of Vermont s Smart Growth strategy, said Tayt Brooks, Commissioner of the Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development. While the budget crisis has curtailed the amount available, these investments will help promote economic activity, community development and housing in our downtowns and village centers, while protecting Vermont s working landscape.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 to help Vermont municipalities develop their town plans and to conduct special planning projects. Through a competitive process, 38 towns across the state were awarded funds for a diverse collection of planning projects.  A number of projects are planning activities to support updating town plans, maps and zoning bylaws. There are also projects relating to downtown and village revitalization, growth center planning and economic development planning efforts.As part of Governor Jim Douglas E-State Initiative, these grants are now applied for, approved, and administered completely on-line. This is how we are using technology to be more efficient in state government, Brooks said. Making the process of applying for and administering grants paperless makes the process faster, less costly, and less time-consuming for both the applicant and our staff.With no local matching funds required, this is one of the few state grant programs accessible to even the smallest of Vermont municipalities.  Communities have 18 months to complete their planning projects. For more about the Municipal Planning Grant site please visit:  www.dhca.state.vt.us/Planning/MPG.htm(link is external)Source: Economic Development. 6.2.2010. $26,153 GRANT AWARDS Northern Vermont Development AuthorityTown of BurkeTown Plan and Zoning Update$14,655 Town of ConcordZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$8,655 Town of DerbyMunicipal Plan Update$7,175 Town of GranbyZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$4,940 Total Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional CommissionTown of Bradford Zoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$4,540Town of BarnardZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$2,825Town of Hartford Highway Specifications$9,650Town of PlymouthMunicipal Plan Update$2,545Town of Randolph Economic Development Plan$7,475Town of StraffordUnified Bylaws$11,425Town of TopshamMunicipal Plan Update$3,075Town of West Fairlee Municipal Plan Update$5,540Total $19,328 $38,774 Southern Windsor County Regional Planning CommissionTown of ChesterZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$10,150Town of LudlowMunicipal Plan Update$10,350Total Windham Regional CommissionTown of BrattleboroMunicipal Plan Update$15,000Town of GuilfordZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw$5,000Town of PutneyMunicipal Plan Update$12,450Total Northwest Regional Planning CommissionCity of St. AlbansMunicipal Plan$15,000Town of North HeroZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw$10,000Town of St. AlbansZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$15,000Total $32,450 Lamoille County Planning CommissionTown of BelvidereHistoric Schoolhouse Feasibility Study$6,721Town of Hyde ParkMunicipal Plan Update$12,740Town of JohnsonMunicipal Plan Update$2,325Total Chittenden County Regional Planning CommissionCity of BurlingtonMunicipal Plan Update$14,999Town of HinesburgGrowth Center Plan$15,000City of South BurlingtonZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$8,775Total $27,350center_img $47,075 $40,000 Central Vermont Regional Planning CommissionCity of BarreMunicipal Plan Update$15,000City of MontpelierZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$15,000Town of WaitsfieldOther$8,450Total  Bennington County Regional CommissionTown of BenningtonMunicipal Plan Update WT other$3,500Town of StamfordMunicipal Plan Update$7,428Town of WoodfordMunicipal Plan Update$8,400Total  $38,450 Addison County Regional Planning CommissionMunicipalityProject TypeOffered Town of BristolZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$12,350City of VergennesZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$15,000Total $35,425 Rutland Regional Planning CommissionCity of RutlandDowntown Traffic Study $15,000Town of KillingtonOfficial Map $1,870Town of Mount HollyAffordable Housing Studies $4,283Town of PoultneyMunicipal Plan Update $5,000Total $21,786 -30- Grand Total   $347,291 $20,500 last_img

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