Better Connections- Previous Awards

2015-2017 Grant Cycle

Waitsfield, Warren, Fayston and Moretown- Mad River Valley (MRV) Moves Active Transportation Plan

The MRV Moves Active Transportation Plan developed a unified, multi-town, watershed-wide vision for recreational trails and non-motorized transportation facilities, examining how they integrate with economic development, enhance visitor experiences, enhance residents’ quality of life, and improve transportation choices.  For more information, contact Joshua Schwartz, joshua@mrvpd.org.

Total Project Cost: $75,000

Grant Funds Awarded: $67,500

Final planning documents here.

West Rutland and Rutland Town- Smart Growth Connection Plan

The Smart Growth Connection Plan identified transportation improvements, streetscape enhancements, redevelopment scenarios and business development opportunities that supported improved safety and encouraged non-motorized travel along a traditionally auto-centric corridor.  For more information, contact Mary Ann Goulette, mgoulette@westrutlandtown.com.

Total Project Cost: $80,000

Grant Funds Awarded: $72,000

Final planning documents here.

Vergennes- Downtown Basin Master Plan

The Vergennes Downtown Basin Master Plan utilized a Complete Streets approach to improve transportation and parking in the downtown, complete a downtown land use and market analysis to help prioritize infrastructure investments, and will create a redevelopment plan for Vergennes Falls Basin and Riverwalk.   For more information, contact Adam Lougee, alougee@acrpc.org.

Total Project Cost: $70,000

Grant Funds Awarded: $40,500

Additional Local Cash Match through ACRPC: $25,000

Final planning documents here.

2016-2018 Grant Cycle

Chester- Rediscover Chester Village Center Master Plan

The Town of Chester developed a master plan for the designated village center and created strategies for streetscape enhancements, economic development and village revitalization.  For more information contact Julie Hance, jhchester@vermontel.net.

Total Project Cost: $70,000

Grant Funds Awarded: $63,000

Final planning documents here.

Montpelier- Montpelier Complete Streets Design Guidelines & Road Typologies

The City of Montpelier developed complete street design guidelines in order to more effectively plan for and accommodate multi-modal transportation.  For more information contact Mike Miller mmiller@montpelier-vt.org.

Total Project Cost: $50,000

Grant Funds Awarded: $45,000

Final planning documents here.

Springfield- Main Street Corridor Streetscape Master Plan

The Town of Springfield created a downtown streetscape plan for Main Street and identified strategies to connect to the river, improve parking option, and provide bicyle and pedestrian improvements in downtown.  For more information contact Tom Yennerell, tosmanager@vermontel.net.

Total Project Cost: $75,000

Grant Funds Awarded: $67,500

Final planning documents here.

2017-2019 Grant Cycle

City & Town of St. Albans- Route 7 Livability Connection Project

The City and Town of St. Albans developed a plan to improve safety and accessibility along Route 7, strengthening the connection between the downtown and its northern commercial and employment centers, and improving transportation options for the region’s most vulnerable.  For more information, contact Ned Connell Ned Connell nconnell@stalbanstown.com or  Chip Sawyer, C.Sawyer@stalbansvt.com.

Total Project Cost: $60,040

Grant Funds Awarded: $54,036.

Project webpage: www.stalbansvt.com/route7

Town of Brighton-Island Pond Village Revitalization Project

The Island Pond revitalization plan provided a roadmap to improve the village streetscape, prioritized future investments, and created more opportunities for residents and tourists to walk, shop, and enjoy the scenic beauty of Island Pond.  For more information, contact Joel Cope, joeltcope@comcast.net.

Total Project Cost: $70,040

Grant Funds Awarded: $63,036

Project webpage: brightonvt.org/island-pond-village-revitalization-project

Windsor- Connecting the Right Side of the Tracks- Revitalization Plan

The Town of Windsor created an action plan to guide downtown commercial and industrial redevelopment, improve housing affordability in surrounding neighborhoods, and explore ideas to reconnect to the Connecticut River - making Windsor a great place to live, work and do business.  For more information, contact Robert Haight, robertdhaight@comcast.net.

Total Project Cost: $69,920

Grant Funds Awarded: $62,928

2018-2020 Grant Cycle

Hyde Park Town & Village- Connect Hyde Park

The Town and Village of Hyde Park will develop a master plan that provides the community with an action plan that will help the community invest in its future by improving walking and biking, promoting economic development and encouraging community engagement. This project seeks to improve safety in the village, and to take advantage of the Lamoille Valley Rail trail, one of the most exciting opportunities for outdoor activity in the state. Utilizing this information, the Action Plan will inform and guide the capital budgets for the Town Highway Improvements and the Village sewer, water, and electric utilities.

Total Project Cost: $70,000

Grant Funds Awarded: $63,000

Project webpage: www.connecthydeparkvt.org

Danville- Village to Village Project

The ”Danville Village to Village” plan will create a development plan to better connect activity centers with local commerce through marketing and town infrastructure improvements.  The activity centers lie along an East/West corridor that is connected by Vermont Routes 2 and 15 and the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. The plan will examine opportunities for improved parking, traffic flow, pedestrian safety, trail access, and potential upgrades to culturally important buildings.  This plan will inform the capital plan and future investments, and serve as a basis for awarding of additional grant money for projects that can improve access to attractions, businesses, and recreational opportunities. 

Total Project Cost: $70,000

Grant Funds Awarded: $63,000

Project webpage: www.v2v-danvillevt.org

Village of Enosburg Falls- Vital Village Project

The Enosburg Falls Vital Village Project will promote economic development and community health-focusing on strengthening the tourism and recreation economy and developing a coordinated marketing identity for the Village Center.  Concepts will explore streetscapes and community enhancements in and around the designed village such as promoting complete streets, access management, improved multi-modal connections, beautification, wayfinding, and storefront façade enhancements.

Total Project Cost: $60,000

Grant Funds Awarded: $54,000

Project webpage: www.enosburgvitalvillage.org