Municipal Planning Grants awarded to three Central Vermont communities

FY 2015 Municipal Planning Grant awards have been announced and three Central Vermont municipalities will be recipients.  The Municipal Planning Grant (MPG) program encourages and supports planning and revitalization for local municipalities in Vermont. Awarded annually and administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development, the MPG program works to strengthen Vermont by funding local planning initiatives that support statewide planning goals.  Congratulations to the City of Montpelier and the Towns of Berlin and Plainfield – more details below.

Town of Berlin– Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw Update
State Funds Awarded: $11,000; Local Match: $1,500; Total Project Cost: $12,500
The Town will be assisted by a professional consultant to develop unified bylaws that will align future growth in keeping with the 2012 Town plan, with particular focus to update the Town’s subdivision regulations with input from public outreach.

City of Montpelier–Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw Update
State Funds Awarded: $12,333; Local Match: $2,167; Total Project Cost: $14,500
The project will hire a consultant to help the planning commission complete a comprehensive rewrite of the City’s zoning bylaws. The MPG funds will be used to complete the current draft and, critically, for funding public input initiatives.

Town of Plainfield–Natural Resource Planning
State Funds Awarded: $11,947; Local Match: $1,974; Total Project Cost: $13,921
The Town will hire a consultant to develop an inventory and map of the town’s significant natural communities. This will provide information necessary to develop appropriate priorities for their protection, and guide zoning and development decisions.

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